February will mark the 2 year anniversary of Halal Food Guru. Our goal when we first started posting was to make it easier for travelers to find and enjoy Halal restaurants in Florida. We wrote detailed reviews of these Halal restaurants so visitors would know what to expect and gain some local insight about the spots to make the most of their experience. We introduced TOP 5 Lists to make it easier to find what you crave, which was well received. Over the past 2 years, we’ve written over 50 posts about Halal restaurants in Orlando, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Miami and other great cities across North America. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.
This family owned New York style pizzeria recently opened in mid-2018, providing Halal Italian American classics to the Sanford and Lake Mary community, just north of Orlando. Despite their new entry to the Orlando Halal scene they are creating some buzz around their restaurant with great deals. Their lunch special of 2 large cheese slices and a can of soda for under $4 is really drawing in the crowds.
Located in Richmond Hill, a northern suburb of Toronto, Al’s Pizzeria and Grill has opened recently offering an array of specialty Pizzas and fast food options. They have made a big impact on the local Muslims by offering quality pizza at an affordable price. Furthermore, they stress the importance of using quality ingredients and Halal meats in their dishes. The best part of the restaurant is their big bold cartoon Beaver in a Canadian T-Shirt. You know this place is good if a Canadian Beaver is endorsing it.
Nestled in the heart of Kensington Market in downtown Toronto, Burgernator has been serving up specialty Halal burgers for almost a decade. Kensington Market is a highly walkable area in downtown with many specialty and artisan food shops, markets and restaurants. The mission of Burgernator is to rid “the city (Toronto) of half-hearted and overcooked burgers, processed cheese, and questionable toppings”. To say the least, they are winning this battle.
The newest fast-food hot spot to hit the Orlando Halal food scene is Burgers and Biryani Express (B&B Express) in Kissimmee. They have been open for about 6 months and are enjoying success by offering a menu that combines the best cuisine and inspiration of both the East and West.
Cravings happen. Finding Halal food at odd hours of the day and night can be challenging. In the past, finding Halal restaurants open past 9 pm in Orlando was difficult. However, as the city has grown and becomes a prime tourist destination, Halal restaurants are responding to the demand with many opening later so you can eat great even late.
The newest halal hot spot for East African barbeque to hit the streets of Richmond Hill, north of Toronto, opened recently. While on a trip to Toronto, we were invited to stop in for a bite. The promise of barbequed meats made fresh to order, hot off the grill was hard to pass up. A vendor in Dar es Salam in East Africa by the same name is quite popular and famous for their grilled delights, so we had high hopes for this North American spot and were not disappointed.