At the beginning of last year something magical happened. A wish, that New York transplants like myself have been making to the stars for years, finally came true. L.A. got its own street meat cart, serving chicken and “lamb” over rice with white sauce and hot sauce. The New York street staple known as “halal” was finally available on the west coast. And it was pretty good. But that was just a facsimile. A drill, if you will. This, my friends, is the real deal. The “Famous” Halal Guys who have the cart in Midtown Manhattan (on 53rd Street & 6th Avenue) with the super long lines, have started opening brick and mortar franchises. And one of them is opening in Costa Mesa on October 2nd. Yesterday I drove 50 minutes down the 405 to get a sneak peak at the new location, and will now answer every question you have about what I saw and ate.
So first things first. What’s the place called? The Halal Guys
And this is the same exact same “Famous Halal Guys” with the long lines in Midtown on 53rd & 6th? Didn’t you read the intro? (If you don’t know who the Halal Guys are, it might be worth reading this. If you want to know about the history of this food in L.A., you’ll want to read this.)
But how did this happen? Aren’t they just a street meat cart? How are they now opening brick and mortars all the way across the country? Last year Fransmart, the company behind Five Guys and Qdoba’s expansion, cut a deal with the Halal Guys to take them international. The New York Times wrote all about it.
So is this the first location? Nope. Two brick and mortars have already opened in New York City. And a Chicago location opened last month. Read more »