Guru’s TOP 5: Halal & Healthy Eats in Orlando

While Orlando is well known for their Halal cheesesteaks and gyros, it’s not all about fast-food and the heartburn that follows. There is a growing trend towards healthier meal options. True, this niche is still evolving in Orlando but many Halal restaurant owners are responding to the market demands. In this list, we review the TOP 5 Halal restaurants that are providing their patrons with healthy, fresh options with ingredients and cooking techniques that cut down on those unwanted calories.

If you’re on a cheat day, not to worry, we got lots of TOP 5 Lists to help you find the best cheat day foods in Orlando. Looking for Cheesesteaks, Burgers, Chicken Wings, Cart Food and Pizza check out our respective TOP 5 Orlando Lists.

1. Melt’d Subs and Grill

Opened in early 2017, this Halal restaurant has employed the Subway model to build their brand. They provide fresh, made to order meals for customers to enjoy. They offer sandwiches, rice bowls and salads which you can customize to your heart’s desire. They also offer deli meats which isn’t very common in the Orlando area. They are located near SeaWorld and cater mostly to the lunch crowd as there are many office buildings around them. Their hours are geared more to the office crowd so be sure to check before you journey over for a fresh delicious sub. They also made our list of TOP 5 spots around Universal Studios in Orlando.

Melt'd Food Station
Fresh Ingredients from Melt’d in Orlando. A Halal Version of Subway

2. Cozee Cafe

Located in a large entertainment complex with many restaurants, dessert shops and a movie theater, Cozee Café has been an anchor to the Lake Mary Muslim community for quality halal eats. They offer trendy meals with excellent attention to detail and customer service. With healthier foods being more trendy, they have adopted their menu and meal offerings. Avocado, asiago, chickpeas and grilled chicken, yep they got it. They have a large outdoor seating area which is great to take advantage of the warm Florida sun.

Cozee Cafe outdoor seating
Plenty of outdoor seating at Cozee Café to soak up the Florida Sun

3. Paramount

Located right beside Cozee Café, Paramount Fine Foods, a Halal franchise well known to Canadians, offering Mediterranean cuisine. Given the nature of the ingredients and grilling technique for meats, the Mediterranean diet is considered a healthier option. They offer sandwiches, rice platters and salads to suit your needs. The location has a small dine in area. Their main franchise near the Orlando Eye was rebranded to Sofra: Mediterranean Grill. They also made our TOP 5 List of Halal Mediterranean Spots in Orlando.

Paramount Fine Foods Lake Mary
Interior of Paramount Fine Foods in Lake Mary. Nice décor and themes.

4. B and B Express

This Halal fast-food joint is an unlike candidate on this list, but it’s the way they prepare their burgers and fries which have earned them a spot on the list. They don’t grill and fry their burger and fries in the typical manner. Rather, they air fry it which uses less oils and captures less fat. Hence, while you are still eating a burger and fries, it’s slightly healthier. They are located in front of a mosque near Disney and are open late, making it a convenient spot for a quick bite to eat.

5. Jerusalem

This Middle-Eastern restaurant with a primarily grilled menu is sure to satisfy the health conscious consumer and delight the taste buds. Located near the entrance of Disney, this family owned Halal restaurant is open late on most nights so families can enjoy the day at the theme park and then have a nice formal dining experience to cap off the night. The family also owns Flame Kabob, located on SandLake Road near Universal Studios and International Drive. The internal décor takes you away to the sands of the Sahara with their North-African theme. The value for the experience and food portions balance out the higher price point given the tourist location.

Jerusalem Mixed Grill Platter
Mixed Grill Platter with Salad and Rice from Jerusalem

While I’m definitely not a calorie counter, I see the shift towards healthier options and meal choices. Even on vacation, many families are opting to pick healthier and more wholesome choices for their families. The Halal restaurants in Orlando are taking note of this trend and are adapting.

Know of any other Halal spots in Orlando that didn’t make the list, let me know in the comment section below. Feel free to share this post with anyone that may benefit. As always follow us on Twitter and Instagram as we chart out the Halal food scene in Florida and beyond.

Guru’s Rapid Review: Tenders Chicken, Orlando, Fl

Tenders Chicken, located on the east side of Orlando is a Halal fast-food restaurant that serves of creative dishes using breaded or grilled chicken strips as its base for inspiration. It is more commonly known as Tenders UCF as it is located near the University of Central Florida (UCF).

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Guru’s Rapid Review: B & B Express, Orlando, Fl

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.

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Guru’s Top 5: Best Halal Chicken Wings in Orlando

The Wing Craze looks like it is here to stay. They are a great comfort food for friends and family to bond over. Some like their wings spicy, some like it tangy, some like it sweet. The list below details some of the best spots to go for Halal Chicken Wings in Orlando.

Looking for other comfort foods while in Orlando to go along with your wings, Check out our TOP 5: Best Halal Burgers in Orlando, or our TOP 5: Best Halal Pizza Spots in Orlando, or our TOP 5: Best Philly Cheesesteak in Orlando if that’s what you’re in the mood for.

1. O’Town Burger N Wings

While primarily known for their burgers, their chicken wings are awesome. The wings are grilled over an open flame and have a crispy exterior, but the meat on the bone is soft and tender. The key to their enjoyment is the variety of sauces available. They have sauces ranging from mild to very spicy which accentuates the taste and flavor profile. The wings are reasonably priced and available in various quantities. The restaurant is located in Metrowest area which is about 20 to 30 minute drive from the main tourist hub area of Universal and Disney. Well worth the drive.

Otown wings
Wings from O’Town Burger and Wings. They have lots of sauces to choose from.

2. Halal Food Express

Conveniently located on International drive for visitors to the Orlando theme park area, this Halal fast-food restaurant offers an array of American and Middle-Eastern classics. Wings are made to order and available at various quantities. Considering the location is in a tourist area, there is a higher price point for your orders. There is limited parking in front of the shop but public parking lots are not too far from the location. There is a large painted mural of the 3 Holy sites of Islam to admire while you wait for your order.

Halal chicken wings Halal Food Express
Halal chicken wings Halal Food Express

3. Kennedy Chicken and Grill

Looking for southern style cuisine then this is the spot for you. The wings are deep fried with a breaded crunchy crust. They also offer wings without the breaded crust. On the side you can ask for hot sauce, ranch, white sauce or bbq sauce. Located in Metrowest it is about 20 to 30 minutes away from the theme park hub. One key feature is that the restaurant is open late on most nights, and in fact made it on our TOP 5 List of late night Halal eats.

Kennedy Chicken and Grill
Deep Fried Chicken wings. There is nothing better…maybe adding a biscuit and fries makes it better

4. Slims PhillySteak and Gyro

Located near Disney, this halal fast food spot has been an anchor for locals and visitors. They are often open till midnight and beyond. They offer fried wings in various quantities. Your sauce choices are limited to hot or buffalo. It recently went through an ownership change and the food consistency and customer service has dramatically improved. The physical space has also gone through some much needed renovations to make the space more appealing.

Halal Wings from Slim's Philly and Gyro
With wings comes HOT SAUCE!!

5. Loop Gyros

Located on the south east corner of the city, Loop Gyro is an excellent space to visit if you’re in the mood for a late night craving as they are open past midnight on most nights. Their wings are a popular menu item and the sauce can be very spicy. The spot is located in a large shopping complex, so use BJ Wholesale Club or Lowes as a landmark to find the restaurant. Some of the most direct routes to the area require Toll Roads so be sure to check with your GPS before you begin your journey if you are traveling from the center of the city. They are also on our TOP 5: Late night Halal eats in Orlando.

Halal Wings are an awesome snack food to have when watching a big game or relaxing with friends. Thankfully there are many spots in Orlando to choose from. This list will get you started. Know of a place that’s not on the list, let us know in the comment section below. For more Halal Food goodness, follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

Guru’s Rapid Review: Halal Food Express (Orlando, Fl)

This fast-food restaurant is conveniently located on International Drive in the heart of the tourist district in Orlando. Their menu is split between classical American fast-food and traditional Middle-Eastern dishes. It makes for a great pit-stop for those enjoying a leisurely walk along I-Drive or not wanting to travel too far for a meal after a long day at the theme parks like Universal Studios or SeaWorld.

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Guru’s Top 5: Best Halal Chicken Sandwich in Orlando, FL

At Halal Food Guru, we review Halal restaurants across Florida so you can dine great on your next trip to the Sunshine State.

Looking for a quick bite to eat in Orlando and feeling like chicken is your protein choice, then this list is for you. There are many fast-food and fast-casual restaurants that offer a great selection of Halal chicken sandwiches. They range from healthy to flat out sinful. In this list, we highlight those Halal restaurants that go above and beyond to serve a great or unique chicken sandwich.

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Guru’s Rapid Review: Zeko’s Mediterranean Grill (Tampa Bay, Fl)

Guru’s Rapid Review: Zeko’s Mediterranean Grill

City: St. Petersburg, Fl (West of Tampa Bay)

With several locations across the greater Tampa Bay area, Zeko’s Mediterranean Grill, this locally owned chain serves Halal Mediterranean foods. They were founded in 2006 and have been expanding since with their emphasis on healthy, handmade restaurant quality meals. With these values in place, it makes for an attractive destination for tourists and locals alike after a long day in the sun. The restaurants have a casual family friendly vibe great for dining in. In this review, we visited Zeko’s Mediterranean Grill in St. Petersburg near the gulf coast beaches.

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