Do you smell that? It’s the smell of love the air. Valentine’s Day is coming up. It’s the day that every husband grumbles under their breath about how commercial the holiday has become while they wait in line to buy overpriced Red Roses at the grocery store because they forgot about it until they saw one of their co-workers receive a delivered arrangement at work.
Don’t be that husband. Elevate your game. Buy the flowers and then read this post about where to bring your special wife for a wonderful dining experience to seal the deal.
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.
Orlando’s International Drive is a hub for entertainment complexes, restaurants and retail shops designed for guests to enjoy their day or night without going to the nearby theme parks. Amongst the restaurants, there are several Halal restaurants for Muslim families to enjoy without having to travel far. Sizler, with one “z” is an Indo-Pakistani restaurant that has been around for the better part of a decade serving guests from around the world. It has had moments of inconsistency in food and service quality but has undergone change in management hands and we recently took the opportunity to visit to see what changes they have made.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s no secret that Christmas cheer is spreading around Florida (despite the fact that there is no snow). Visitors flock to hot spots like Orlando to spend their holiday break having fun in the sun. Many are coming from Europe, UK, Canada and the Northern States to escape the Winter Wonderland. Muslim families are also taking advantage of the school break to spend some quality time together and make some great memories while on vacation in the Sunshine State. Many local Muslims are also using the time off work and school to reconnect with family and friends, hanging out and eating at all the best Halal spots.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
The Halal Guys. The Famous Halal Guys. They created the rice and gyro platter that has made Halal Cart Food a pop culture icon. It’s the dish that launched thousand vendors to mimic it. Having studied many moons ago in New York, I was very familiar with the brand and experience, but my wife was not. I wanted her to know why The Halal Guys were so famous. So what better way than to take her to the original spot where it all began on the streets of New York City so she could experience it for herself.