Halal Guys is coming to Boston, and chicken and rice will never be the same

From NYC food carts to brick-and-mortar restaurants in the Hub.

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One of New York City’s most beloved food carts will soon be serving up delicious Middle Eastern fare in Boston.

As first reported by Eater Boston, The Halal Guys, an NYC street food staple for over 25 years, has begun the process of expanding worldwide, and recently signed a deal to bring six brick-and-mortar units to the Boston area.

For those unfamiliar with the cuisine, Boston chain Chicken and Rice Guys modeled their menu and food truck experience on The Halal Guys. Both offer plates of chicken and/or lamb on a bed of rice with pita bread, lettuce, tomatoes, and a choice of several tasty sauces.


Worldwide expansion has been a long time coming for the eatery. In 2014, the company announced a partnership with franchising consulting firm Fransmart, the same company that helped Qdoba expand and took Five Guys from a four-location burger spot in Virginia to a nationwide chain with over 1,200 restaurants.

The Halal Guys COO Mike Speck said that while the company is still finalizing locations, they hope the restaurants will be up and running as soon as possible.

For those unsure if gyros and other fast-casual Middle Eastern cuisine fit your tastes, let your eyes be the judge:

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