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Halal Restaurant Recs?

amyoung Jun 22, 2006 04:10 PM

I didn't have too much searching about this topic . . . sorry if its already been covered but can anyone recommend good places that make halal food (for a casual dinner or lunch). I've tried Old Mandarin Islamic and liked it. Especially appreciated are places in the East Bay, but I'm willing to travel for good stuff.

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    Robert Lauriston Jun 22, 2006 04:45 PM

    Vik's (lunch only) is the best I've tried. I had some great mutton and goat from Indus Village but haven't been back since recent downhill alerts. I like the Naan 'n' Curry on College.

    I don't find Zabiaha's reviews very reliable but they do seem to track the halal places pretty well:

    Link: http://www.zabihah.com/_subregion.php...

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      susancinsf Jun 22, 2006 04:46 PM

      Here is a prior thread with some ideas.

      Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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        mcchowhound Jun 22, 2006 05:47 PM

        Taxi Brousse! It's on San Pablo Avenue in Albany (very close to Berkeley), a bit south of Marin Avenue. It's halal because it's Senegalese. There is a Chowdown report on it which was posted late yesterday and some earlier, more enthusiastic posts. I really like it a lot.

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        1. re: mcchowhound
          Robert Lauriston Jun 22, 2006 07:50 PM

          Do they claim to be halal? Serving Senegalese food doesn't necessarily make the restaurant halal. Same owner as Bissap Baobab, which is not halal.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston
            mcchowhound Jun 23, 2006 11:51 AM

            The menu says that all the meat is halal. My understanding - such as it is - is that the issue is whether the specific food is halal, which in this context usually means "permissible." The fact that the restaurant serves alcohol (which Taxi Brousse may do at some time in the future) would not interfere with the acceptability of the meat.

            1. re: mcchowhound
              Robert Lauriston Jun 23, 2006 12:24 PM

              There's more to making a restaurant halal than just buying halal meat, but that's a topic for the General or Not About Food board.

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          saussey Jun 22, 2006 06:05 PM

          My #1 pick would be Aziza. It's in the city, but absolutely wonderful Halal menu and chef(owner). It's moroccan.

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          1. re: saussey
            Robert Lauriston Jun 22, 2006 07:53 PM

            Aziza's not halal, they serve alcohol.

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            gordon wing Jun 23, 2006 04:58 PM

            Sultan is quite good - downtown SF - right across the street from the Hilton Hotel.

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