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Massachusetts prides itself on its culinary riches, ranging from classic New England seafood to ethnic delights from the state’s rich tapestry of worldwide communities. One of the mouthwatering cuisines people are seeking is Halal, a special diet of food for Muslims worldwide.
From restaurants and food trucks to plentiful markets, Massachusetts has many Halal food sources that are ideal for travelers with adventurous palates seeking new flavors. Ranging from Middle Eastern and African to Turkish and Indonesian venues, here are some you won’t want to miss!
Chicken & Rice Guys
A great introduction to Halal food is the popular food truck, Chicken & Rice Guys, located at the Prudential Center (Monday-Friday from 11am-3pm) and Kendall Square (Thursdays from 11am-2pm on). In addition to the food trucks, the Chicken & Rice Guys also operate restaurants in Boston and Medford.
Photo Credit: Chicken and Rice Guys
The pioneers of American Halal Food are the Halal Guys; operators of a popular food truck in New York City for the past 25 years. The good news for Massachusetts is that Halal Guys are coming to Boston, according to a recent new story. Their presence in the Boston area will definitely create a renewed buzz for Halal cuisine.
Black Seed Café and Grill –- Downtown Boston
Located near the Park Street T station, this Black Seed Café and Grill offers various Turkish delights from kebab to burgers. There is also a dedicated prayer room in the basement for traveling Muslims that wish to keep their daily traditions.
131 Tremont Street #1, Boston, MA 02111 | www.blackseedcafengrill.com
Photo Credit: Dini Hajarrahmah
Falafel Corner — Cambridge
Falafel Corner is a small restaurant serving inexpensive Middle Eastern food near Harvard Square. With menu items like falafel, tabouli, baba ghannouj, shawarma, Mediterranean salad, baklava and basboussa, it’s sure to satisfy. Falafel Corner also offer late night delivery food service.
8 1/2 Eliot Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 | www.falafelcorner.com
Photo Credit: Boston Guide
Boston Baklava, Samaya Food Product Inc. — Quincy
This Middle Eastern eatery has been serving up a bevy of authentic dishes like fajita, kubba, laham ajean, yellow basmati rice, hummus, and their ever-popular Iraqi handmade bread (Sammon) since 2014. It’s easy to reach, just off the MBTA Red line at the North Quinicy stop, so tasty treats are never more than a short ride away.
419 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA 02171 | www.bostonbaklava.com
Photo Credit: Boston Baklava on Yelp
Tandoori Halal Food — Worcester
Tandoori is considered one of the best Halal food establishments in Worcester. Fan-favorites include cuisine ranging from Middle Eastern dishes to grilled chicken, salad, bakery, pizza, and homemade burgers.
560 Lincoln St, Worcester, MA 01605 | www.halalfoodworcester.com
Photo credit: Tandoori Halal Food
MARKETS & GROCERY STORES
If you are looking for a halal market to purchase meats and groceries with a variety of Middle Eastern and North African staples, check out these four food markets in greater Boston: Hamdi Halal Market at 1433 Tremont St, Boston; Garden Halal Meat at 96 Blackstone St, Boston, MA 02109; Alhoda Market at 304 Prospect St, Cambridge, MA 02139; and Sayar Food Market at 3 Everett Street, Unit 3E, Revere, MA 02151.
Photo credit: Sayar Food Market
Eager to dive in and search for more food around Massachusetts? Here are some resources to check out:
- Featured at Zabihah, the world’s largest guide to Halal restaurants and markets
- Halal Restaurants near Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center
- Halal Restaurants near Boston University
Happy Halal eating!
Feature image, photo credit: Islamic Society of Boston University