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Nihari sandwich; braised shredded leg of lamb topped with kachumber salad and jalapenos.
Nihari sandwich; braised shredded leg of lamb topped with kachumber salad and jalapenos.
Atlanta Halal Meat & Food

14 Essential Restaurants for Halal Dining Around Atlanta

From burgers, hot wings, and shawarma platters to lamb biryani, fried chicken sandwiches, and birria tacos

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Nihari sandwich; braised shredded leg of lamb topped with kachumber salad and jalapenos.
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Halal is an Arabic word referring to what is permissible under Islamic law. When used in terms of food, halal applies to the dietary guidelines surrounding the preparation and consumption of food for those who follow the religion of Islam. Pork isn’t permitted (considered a forbidden food, or “haram” in Arabic), and Islamic law requires all other animals being prepared for consumption to be humanely slaughtered. Anything containing alcohol is also not permitted for consumption under halal guidelines. Atlanta is home to a number of restaurants offering halal food on the menu, from burgers, wings, and shawarma to lamb biryani, fried chicken sandwiches, and birria tacos.

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Karachi Broast & Grill Marietta

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Billed as a halal Indian-Pakistani fast food restaurant that also blends American comfort food classics with Mediterranean dishes, this is where to head for deep-fried broast chicken in Atlanta marinated in fragrant spices or any one of Karachi Broast and Grill’s kebab rolls or platters. Try the spicy beef burger topped with American cheese, lettuce, mayonnaise, onions, and Thai peppers or the tandoori chicken alfredo pasta here, too. There are also locations in Roswell and in Norcross.

La Shish Kabab

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Located near the Delta Flight Museum, La Shish Kabab serves everything from falafel and baba ghanoush to kebabs shawarma plates and sandwiches, and platters of tender lamb served with fresh pita, hummus, and rice. Try the La Shish burger (beef or chicken) topped with mushrooms, jalapenos, and onions. It comes with a side of Cajun-seasoned fries.

Mamoun's Falafel - Atlanta, GA

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This outpost of NYC’s oldest falafel restaurant opened in 2020 just west of Atlantic Station. Expect falafel, shawarma, and kebabs served as sandwiches and plates here, paired with sides of seasoned fries, rice, and lentil soup. The pita bread is baked fresh daily, too. All halal items on the menu are clearly marked, as are gluten-free and vegetarian dishes. Order the Sullivan sandwich consisting of chicken kebab, hummus, tabbouleh salad, olive oil, and lemon juice.

Tannour Mediterranean Grill

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This Home Park Middle Eastern restaurant is family-owned and operated and serves up generous portions of hummus, falafel, and shawarma as platters, bowls, and wraps. Make sure to order the lentil soup, tabbouleh, and fava bean salad here, too. All halal dishes are clearly marked on the menu.

The Halal Guys

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What began as a New York City street cart in 1990 is now a popular nationwide chain of restaurants, including four Atlanta-area locations in Midtown, Duluth, Buford, and on Buford Highway. The menu here is simple, sticking to pita wraps and platters with chicken, beef gyro, and falafel and sides of hummus and baba ghanoush and baklava for dessert.

Salsa Taqueria & Wings

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Located next to a Shell gas station, this counter-service taqueria serves a halal menu of Mexican-American comfort foods, including beef and chicken birria tacos, tamales, wings, tortas, and burgers and fries. Make sure to check out the weekend specials here, too.

Bismillah Cafe

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Located next to halal grocery Bismillah Super Market on Buford Highway, the adjoining cafe serves up comforting halal and Bangladeshi dishes on the menu. Expect everything from hot wings, gyros, and cheeseburgers to samosas, biriyani, curries, and fuchka soup served here. Try the shawarma and kebab wraps, too.

Purnima Bangladeshi Cuisine

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A longtime favorite for halal Bangladeshi cuisine on Buford Highway, grab a table with family and friends and share vegetable pakoras and chicken shingara, followed by plates of spicy goat haleem, quail vindaloo, lamb tandoori, and a variety of biryani. Make sure to order garlic naan and aloo porata (flat bread stuffed with mashed potatoes and spices). Order firini (rice pudding spiced with cinnamon, coconut, and cardamom) for dessert.

Three Buddies

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A relative newcomer to the halal food scene in Atlanta, Three Buddies was founded by three good friends and serves a 100-percent halal menu of classic American comfort foods. Order everything from Southern fried fish baskets, hot wings, and spicy fried chicken sandwiches to fried rice, chicken tacos, and cheeseburgers topped with slaw, sweet pickles, sauteed onions, and mushrooms.

Alfah Non-Veg & Veg Restaurant

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This North Decatur restaurant serves a halal menu of Indian and Indo-Chinese dishes, including mutton korma, butter chicken, and beef haleem as well as Szechuan chicken fried rice, hakka noodles, and Hyderabadi biryani. Pair a meal with butter or bullet naan here and some chaat like bhel puri. Order falooda or a mango lassi and gulab jamun for dessert.

WARUNG Indonesian Halal Restaurant

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Located in the Parisian Avenue complex on Buford Highway, Warung Indonesian Halal Restaurant resides next door to Bangladesh Halal Meat and Grocery. Order the siomay (steamed dumplings stuffed with fish, shrimp, and chicken) or a bowl of bubur ayam (chicken congee). Then, dive into some nasi goreng (chicken fried rice mixed with shrimp paste) and a plate of sate kambing (grilled lamb skewers) or soto betawi with tender chunks of beef brisket.

Biryani Point

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Biryani Point serves a mix of Nepalese, Bangladeshi, Indian, and Indo-Chinese dishes on its menu, and all meats served here are 100-percent halal, too. Head in for hearty helpings of tandoori chicken and a variety of biryani choices as well as aloo gobi, chili mogo, and karahi gosht — a curry made using goat or lamb. Be sure to try the Hyderabadi mutton biryani topped with eggs.

Merhaba Shawarma

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This restaurant on East Ponce in Clarkston is painted in the colors of the Eritrean flag. Head here for halal spit-grilled meats, shawarma platters, and beef and chicken gyros. Make sure to order the falafel and baklava, too.

Atlanta Halal Meat & Food

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Chef and dentist Farhan Momin (aka Chef Farmo) blends Southern, Indian, and Mexican comfort foods on the food menu served out of his family’s Suwanee halal meat market and restaurant Atlanta Halal Meat & Food. Expect everything from goat biryani, haleem, and butter chicken to Farmo’s popular fried chicken sandwich, chicken tikka fries, and masala lamb chops served over fragrant rice. Don’t skip the Nihari sandwich — braised shredded leg of lamb topped with kachumber salad and jalapenos on a toasted bun.

Karachi Broast & Grill Marietta

Billed as a halal Indian-Pakistani fast food restaurant that also blends American comfort food classics with Mediterranean dishes, this is where to head for deep-fried broast chicken in Atlanta marinated in fragrant spices or any one of Karachi Broast and Grill’s kebab rolls or platters. Try the spicy beef burger topped with American cheese, lettuce, mayonnaise, onions, and Thai peppers or the tandoori chicken alfredo pasta here, too. There are also locations in Roswell and in Norcross.

La Shish Kabab

Located near the Delta Flight Museum, La Shish Kabab serves everything from falafel and baba ghanoush to kebabs shawarma plates and sandwiches, and platters of tender lamb served with fresh pita, hummus, and rice. Try the La Shish burger (beef or chicken) topped with mushrooms, jalapenos, and onions. It comes with a side of Cajun-seasoned fries.

Mamoun's Falafel - Atlanta, GA

This outpost of NYC’s oldest falafel restaurant opened in 2020 just west of Atlantic Station. Expect falafel, shawarma, and kebabs served as sandwiches and plates here, paired with sides of seasoned fries, rice, and lentil soup. The pita bread is baked fresh daily, too. All halal items on the menu are clearly marked, as are gluten-free and vegetarian dishes. Order the Sullivan sandwich consisting of chicken kebab, hummus, tabbouleh salad, olive oil, and lemon juice.

Tannour Mediterranean Grill

This Home Park Middle Eastern restaurant is family-owned and operated and serves up generous portions of hummus, falafel, and shawarma as platters, bowls, and wraps. Make sure to order the lentil soup, tabbouleh, and fava bean salad here, too. All halal dishes are clearly marked on the menu.

The Halal Guys

What began as a New York City street cart in 1990 is now a popular nationwide chain of restaurants, including four Atlanta-area locations in Midtown, Duluth, Buford, and on Buford Highway. The menu here is simple, sticking to pita wraps and platters with chicken, beef gyro, and falafel and sides of hummus and baba ghanoush and baklava for dessert.

Salsa Taqueria & Wings

Located next to a Shell gas station, this counter-service taqueria serves a halal menu of Mexican-American comfort foods, including beef and chicken birria tacos, tamales, wings, tortas, and burgers and fries. Make sure to check out the weekend specials here, too.

Bismillah Cafe

Located next to halal grocery Bismillah Super Market on Buford Highway, the adjoining cafe serves up comforting halal and Bangladeshi dishes on the menu. Expect everything from hot wings, gyros, and cheeseburgers to samosas, biriyani, curries, and fuchka soup served here. Try the shawarma and kebab wraps, too.

Purnima Bangladeshi Cuisine

A longtime favorite for halal Bangladeshi cuisine on Buford Highway, grab a table with family and friends and share vegetable pakoras and chicken shingara, followed by plates of spicy goat haleem, quail vindaloo, lamb tandoori, and a variety of biryani. Make sure to order garlic naan and aloo porata (flat bread stuffed with mashed potatoes and spices). Order firini (rice pudding spiced with cinnamon, coconut, and cardamom) for dessert.

Three Buddies

A relative newcomer to the halal food scene in Atlanta, Three Buddies was founded by three good friends and serves a 100-percent halal menu of classic American comfort foods. Order everything from Southern fried fish baskets, hot wings, and spicy fried chicken sandwiches to fried rice, chicken tacos, and cheeseburgers topped with slaw, sweet pickles, sauteed onions, and mushrooms.

Alfah Non-Veg & Veg Restaurant

This North Decatur restaurant serves a halal menu of Indian and Indo-Chinese dishes, including mutton korma, butter chicken, and beef haleem as well as Szechuan chicken fried rice, hakka noodles, and Hyderabadi biryani. Pair a meal with butter or bullet naan here and some chaat like bhel puri. Order falooda or a mango lassi and gulab jamun for dessert.

WARUNG Indonesian Halal Restaurant

Located in the Parisian Avenue complex on Buford Highway, Warung Indonesian Halal Restaurant resides next door to Bangladesh Halal Meat and Grocery. Order the siomay (steamed dumplings stuffed with fish, shrimp, and chicken) or a bowl of bubur ayam (chicken congee). Then, dive into some nasi goreng (chicken fried rice mixed with shrimp paste) and a plate of sate kambing (grilled lamb skewers) or soto betawi with tender chunks of beef brisket.

Biryani Point

Biryani Point serves a mix of Nepalese, Bangladeshi, Indian, and Indo-Chinese dishes on its menu, and all meats served here are 100-percent halal, too. Head in for hearty helpings of tandoori chicken and a variety of biryani choices as well as aloo gobi, chili mogo, and karahi gosht — a curry made using goat or lamb. Be sure to try the Hyderabadi mutton biryani topped with eggs.

Merhaba Shawarma

This restaurant on East Ponce in Clarkston is painted in the colors of the Eritrean flag. Head here for halal spit-grilled meats, shawarma platters, and beef and chicken gyros. Make sure to order the falafel and baklava, too.

Atlanta Halal Meat & Food

Chef and dentist Farhan Momin (aka Chef Farmo) blends Southern, Indian, and Mexican comfort foods on the food menu served out of his family’s Suwanee halal meat market and restaurant Atlanta Halal Meat & Food. Expect everything from goat biryani, haleem, and butter chicken to Farmo’s popular fried chicken sandwich, chicken tikka fries, and masala lamb chops served over fragrant rice. Don’t skip the Nihari sandwich — braised shredded leg of lamb topped with kachumber salad and jalapenos on a toasted bun.

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