Tawakal Plate (left) and Beef Biryani at Tawakal Halal Cafe. | Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Esser Boston
The Boston area has an abundance of restaurants that cater to halal dietary restrictions while catering to a wide range of cuisines from the Middle East, Mediterranean, Africa and beyond. One can eat fried chicken at a casual Indian eatery in Medford Square, the city’s best kebabs at a Pakistani counter tucked away in a supermarket in Somerville, big plate chicken at one of the rare Uyghur restaurants in the region, and Somali food in Roxbury and East Boston.
Here’s a look at 14 excellent local restaurants with halal-friendly menus (either partially or fully halal). Note that halal restaurants in the United States may seek certification from one of several organizations—or choose not to be certified but self-report the use of only or some halal ingredients—so it’s best to contact them directly Check with a restaurant to see if this menu suits your needs.