Halal is Arabic for lawful or permitted, and it can be applied to all activities. However, it is most frequently used when talking about food where it serves as the dietary standard in the Qur’an (religious text of Islam). While South Florida might not have the largest assortment of halal-friendly dining in the country, it still certainly has plenty of standouts. Here is where to find the best.Read More
9 Halal-Friendly Dining Destinations in South Florida
From Middle Eastern feast to Philly cheesesteaks, here’s where to find the best halal in the area
Dar Tajine Moroccan Restaurant
Get transported to Morocco in Sunrise at this halal restaurant. Kick off the meal at this classic Moroccan restaurant with a royal platter filled with four of the restaurant’s most popular salads: zaalouk (roasted eggplant sauteed with tomato, garlic, olive oil, and spices), bakkoula (sauteed spinach with preserved lemons and green olives), beet, and dar tajine (herb salad with tomato, cucumber, red onion, dressing), before moving onto larger dishes like the lamb tajine or chicken couscous. Mint tea makes for an excellent nightcap.
Al-Salam Mediterranean Restaurant
Almost hidden behind a CVS in Plantation is a halal favorite, Al Salam. The ample Mediterranean menu offers everything from classics like shawarma, grilled lamb chops, hummus, and grape leaves to dishes like chicken wings and deep-fried red snapper. Can’t decide? Opt for the mixed grill with beef kafta kabab, chicken, and beef shish kabob, giving a sample of everything.
Al Natour Middle Eastern Restaurant
Since 2010 Al Natour has been a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine here in South Florida. The Plantation restaurant is a go-to for halal dining in a communal, family-friendly setting. The spicy rice is a favorite, but other highlights like lamb chops, chicken shawarma, and spanakopita fill the menu.
Gyroville (Multiple locations)
Perfect for a quick halal-friendly bite, Gyroville offers a standout menu of namesake gyros, build-your-own bowls, salads, and fries with multiple locations throughout South Florida.
The Halal Guys (Multiple locations)
As the name suggests, NYC import and counter service restaurant Halal Guys offers a completely halal menu. What started as a popular food stand in New York City 15 years ago has expanded into a nationwide chain offering a concise menu of platters filled with meats, rice, and vegetables alongside a handful of sandwiches, wraps, and sides. Top the meal with plenty of signature white sauce no matter what is ordered.
Uncle Bill’s Cafe
With one of the most diverse halal menus in South Florida, Uncle Bill’s is worth seeking out. With offerings ranging from Caribbean cuisine to American comfort food classics, there’s something for every craving on the menu. Stars include the spicy chicken and Philly cheesesteak, but sleeper hits like the goat curry or chicken wings are winners too.
Sufrat Mediterranean Grill
In Turkish, “sofra” means a table prepared or set for eating, where the meal is meant to be shared. That’s the ethos behind Sufrat Grill, a Pembroke Pines mainstay serving a halal menu. Top sellers showcase flavors from Lebanon, Greece, and the entire Mediterranean region, including stuffed grape leaves, lamb chops, kibbeh, and Greek salad. Dining with a crowd? Order a platter like the Jerusalem Mix made with a cubed ribeye, lamb, and chicken and topped with a secret black sauce satisfies a group.
B & M Market
This West Indian mom-and-pop restaurant is located in a bodega in Little River. It has been a fixture in the community for over 30 years — even appearing on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations. Caribbean flavors shine brightly here with options like ackee and saltfish, curry goat, and jerk chicken roti, or ask the owner, who’s typically on-site, to help guide you through the menu for the day’s highlights.
Spitfire - Mediterranean Streetfood
Spitfire Mediterranean Street Food, located in Miami Beach, offers various halal-friendly dishes catering to meat-lovers and vegans. This casual spot boasts an impressive halal menu that features lamb, chicken, and beef options and a plethora of vegetarian-friendly choices, including falafel, hummus, and stuffed grape leaves. The restaurant’s bowl combines rice, protein, and vegetables and is popular with those who can’t decide.