In search of a new favorite halal spot?
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable halal restaurants around Boston, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to fill the bill.
1. Boston Shawarma
Topping the list is Boston Shawarma. Located at 315 Huntington Ave. in Fenway, the Middle Eastern, halal and Mediterranean spot is the highest-rated budget-friendly halal restaurant in Boston, boasting four stars out of 575 reviews on Yelp.
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"Boston Shawarma's been bringing an authentic dining experience to Boston for over 30 years, serving up homemade dishes from their family's Middle Eastern recipes," according to the history section of the business' Yelp profile. "They use only the finest, freshest ingredients and Halal meats, all wrapped up in a delicious pita or served alongside stuffed grape leaves and other classic sides."
2. Garlic 'N Lemons
Next up is Allston's Garlic 'n Lemons, situated at 133 Harvard Ave. (between Hefferan Street and Glenville Terrace). With four stars out of 583 reviews on Yelp, the Mediterranean halal spot has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for a low-priced option. Yelpers rave about the spot's homemade hummus from owner Rozetta Helvadjian and her sons, Mardig and Ara.
3. Azama Grill
Allston's Azama Grill, located at 54 Harvard Ave. (between Cambridge and Franklin streets), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the cheap Middle Eastern and halal spot four stars out of 307 reviews.
The site has lots more information about Azama Grill.
"Representing the third generation of Azama Grills," the business states in the history section of its Yelp profile. "The first grill began in 1923, in Egypt."
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"Growing up in Egypt, in the family business, I experienced the authentic food of the culture," per the bio section of its Yelp profile. "I learned how to treat food with love and respect like in the old days. I am also an artist, which allows me to bring creativity to my food."
4. Chicken and Rice Guys
And Chicken and Rice Guys, a downtown halal spot, is another budget-friendly go-to, with four stars out of 141 Yelp reviews. Head over to 280 Washington St. (between School Street and Spring Lane) to see for yourself.
The site can tell you a thing or two more about Chicken and Rice Guys.
"Chicken and Rice Guys originated in 2011 to bring NYC's delicious chicken and rice to the streets of Boston," per the history section of its Yelp profile. "Since then, we have expanded to three trucks, a catering and event business and plans to open a brick and mortar operation."
In terms of signature items, "Halal chicken plates, lamb and beef gyro plates, tofu plates," it states on Yelp in the section about specialties.
5. D'Guru Restaurant
Finally, there's D'Guru Restaurant, a downtown favorite with four stars out of 139 reviews. Stop by 187 Devonshire St. (between Winthrop Square and Milk Street) to hit up the Indian and halal food truck next time you're looking to satisfy your cravings on a budget.
Yelper Hitashi S., who reviewed D'Guru Restaurant on Oct. 7 wrote, "This is probably one of my favorite North Indian food take out places around downtown Boston. The meal sizes are pretty good for the price too. It's so close to home-cooked meals that it reminds me of home and makes me super happy."
Yelper Lucinda A. wrote, "I enjoy this restaurant because they give you a lot for your dollar. During my lunch breaks, the line is always out the door. The amount of flavor is delicious. You can tell they cook from the heart."