If you visit Oregon without visiting its largest city Portland, you are making a mistake. In addition to being famous for its art scenes, the city of Portland is also known for being an excellent place to reconnect with nature. Your first stop in Portland should be Portland Japanese Garden. Immerse yourself in the beauty of colorful trees, spectacular mountain views and waterfalls as you stroll around the garden. Another garden that is worth visiting is Lan Su Chinese Garden. Indulge in serenity as you admire the plants that are native to China as well as sculptures and stonework. While in Portland, make sure to also pay attention to your stomach. Keep reading to learn more about the best halal restaurants in Portland, Oregon.
1. Shawarma Express Halal
There are plenty of food carts that serve Halal dishes, but not many that serve delectable ones. If you are craving for something delicious in the middle of the day and you want something Halal, you can drop by Shawarma Express Halal and order your favorite dish. The food cart offers numerous Arabic and Mediterranean meals, but the most popular ones include shawarma, gyros, and falafel.
Shawarma Express Halal
Address: Southwest 9th Avenue, SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97205, United States
Website: Shawarma Express Halal
Opening hours: 10am - 3am
2. Mandi House Restaurant
If you are craving for some Yemeni dishes, make a stop at Mandi House Restaurant, which is known for its traditional Yemeni style of cooking lamb and rice underground. You should, of course, order the lamb. The most popular menu for the lamb is Mandi Lamb, a Yemeni-style baked lamb served with basmati rice and salad. You can also try their Beef Kabob and Chicken Kabob. Whether you want a dine-in or a take-out, it is possible at this restaurant.
Mandi House Restaurant
Address: 819 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217, USA
Website: Mandi House Restaurant
Opening hours: 11am - 8pm, closed (Sunday)
3. Siri Indian Cuisine
Do you like Indian cuisine? One of the best restaurants serving Indian dishes in Portland is Siri Indian Cuisine. You should start by ordering some appetizers like Aloo Tikki and Pakoras before moving on to the main courses that include lamb, chicken and vegetarian options and ending it with tasty desserts like Cheese Gulab Jamun and Mango Kulfi.
Siri Indian Cuisine
Address: 1323 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210, USA
Website: Siri Indian Cuisine
Opening hours: 11am - 10pm
Another must-visit restaurant if you are into Halal meals is DarSalam and the best time to come is during the week when it is lunch time, as you can indulge in a superb buffet. From Ishtar Salad and Adis Soup to Lamb Skewer and Lamb with Tahziki, all are served at this restaurant. If you prefer light snacks, you can always order only sandwiches and the must-try is either the Shredded Chicken Sandwich or Shredded Lamb Sandwich.
Address: 320 SW Alder St. Portland, OR 97204, USA
Opening hours: 11am - 9pm (Monday - Thursday), 11am - 10pm (Friday - Saturday), closed (Sunday)
5. Giant Gyros
To taste the best gyros in town, you should be headed to Giant Gyros and order the giant gyro sandwich. It is super big and long and the taste is excellent. You may end up ordering another portion to bring home. Other than the giant gyro sandwich, you can also order other delicious dishes such as the kafta sandwich, the gyro plate and the eggplant sandwich.
Address: 18 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97216, USA
Website: Giant Gyros
Opening hours: 11am - 8pm
6. Amir's Motherland Dish
If you ever want to know what East African dishes taste like, you should make your way to Amir’s Motherland Dish. Owned by a Jamaican couple, the restaurant serves a variety of dishes that no matter which ones you order, they all taste superb. If you are more of a rice person, you should try their rice with goat meat. But if you are fond of pasta, you may want to order their famous pasta with beef, chicken or goat meat.
Amir's Motherland Dish
Address: 7100 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97213, USA
Website: Amir’s Motherland Dish
Opening hours: 9am - 8pm
7. Tigard Pizza Kitchen
Having served Halal food lovers since 2006, the restaurant prides itself in offering a unique concept of serving plenty of cuisines in one place. All dishes are freshly prepared and made with love. From homemade pizzas and calzones to Lebanese pies, dolmas, falafel and gyros, the restaurant serves them all.
Tigard Pizza Kitchen
Address: 11945 SW Pacific Hwy #228, Portland, OR 97223, USA
Website: Tigard Pizza Kitchen
Opening hours: 11am - 8pm (Monday - Friday), 12pm - 7pm (Saturday), closed (Sunday)
8. Aybla Grill, Greek-Mediterranean
Craving for some Greek dishes or maybe Mediterranean dishes but they all should be Halal? Your perfect choice of a dining place should be Aybla Grill. The menu includes many choices of appetizers, sandwiches, gyros and falafel, pasta, salads, sides and soups. Every dish the restaurant serves is made with local and fresh ingredients. Come at lunchtime or dinner time, it really is up to you. You can also choose whether to indulge in your halal dishes indoors or outdoors.
Aybla Grill, Greek-Mediterranean
Address: 950 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205, USA
Website: Aybla Grill, Greek-Mediterranean
Opening hours: 10am - 4pm, closed (Sunday)
9. Hello India
Other than Siri-Indian Cuisine, Hello India is another Indian restaurant that is worth visiting and trying when in Portland. The restaurant serves everything from Korma and Vindaloo to Saag and Shahi Khan E Khaas. But the popular dishes that everyone loves include lentil soup, Penner Tikka Masala, Samosa Chat and Dal Kabila.
Address: 3500 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214, USA
Website: Hello India
Opening hours: 11.30am - 2.30pm, 5pm - 10pm
10. Shish Kabab - Halal
Last but not least, Shish Kabab completes the list of the top 10 halal restaurants you should try in Portland. Make a quick stop and order your favorite dishes before continuing your adventure in the city. Everything served at Shish Kabab is going to please your stomach a lot. And it may be difficult for you to decide whether to order a Lamb Gyro, a Philly Cheesesteak or a chicken Shawarma Wrap for example, because they are all delicious and in the end, you may want to try them all.
Shish Kabab - Halal
Address: 544 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA
Website: Shish Kabab - Halal
Opening hours: 11am - 12am (Sunday - Thursday), 11am - 3am (Friday - Saturday)
Be captivated by Oregon
There are more parks other than the ones mentioned above. The city also features other interesting attractions including museums and zoos. Visit all, if time allows, and be prepared to be captivated by the beauty of Oregon. And don’t forget to pamper yourself with some of the most delicious halal dishes served in the above-mentioned restaurants.
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