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The D.C. area gets another Halal option opening this week in Merrifield.
The D.C. area gets another Halal option opening this week in Merrifield.
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Where to Go for Halal Food Around D.C.

The nation's capital has loads of the cuisine

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The D.C. area gets another Halal option opening this week in Merrifield.
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D.C. brings has one of the highest number of halal restaurants per capita of the 50 largest U.S. cities, and it's no wonder, given the city's multicultural bent. Halal is an arabic word that means "lawful," and in the culinary realm, halal cuisine is any food or drink that conforms to Islamic dietary guidelines set forth in the Quran.

Halal food enthusiasts have a number of resources out there to help them find the best halal eats in town, from a halal-only food review website to even an app. In the D.C. area, there are kabob houses, socially-conscious cafes, and even a banh mi restaurant.

(Note: There is an official halal certification process restaurants can go through via the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America, should they choose​. Not all of the restaurants on this list have gone through that process, but Eater has confirmed with the ownership of each restaurant that their food meets halal guidelines.

Got a halal stop worth the trek not on the map? Send a note to dc@eater.com.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Afghan Grill

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2309 Calvert St NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 234-5095
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Here, family recipes have been in the family for generations. The menu is full of Afghan dishes made with ingredients from local farmers. All is halal here.

2. Afghan Kabob House

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2045 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 294-9999
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With authentic Afghan cuisine and free delivery within five miles of the location, anyone’s house can become the Kabob House. Every option on the menu is halal.

3. Busboys and Poets (Multiple locations)

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1025 5th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 387-7638
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D.C. food-scene staple Busboys and Poets was created by Anas "Andy"’ Shallal, an Iraqi-American artist and restaurateur. He introduced halal chicken to all locations in November 2010, five years after the first one opened. The chicken they serve there is still halal.

4. Cafe Ole

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4000 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
(202) 244-1330
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Great for the indecisive soul, Cafe Ole boasts over 30 different meze and tapas dishes. They also boast something even rarer for D.C.: cheap and plentiful parking. Cafe Ole's ownership confirmed that dishes are halal except those with ham.

5. Grand Trunk

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641 Indiana Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 347-3293
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Grand Trunk may be the self-­proclaimed "world’s first South Asian American fast food brand," but they don’t lack glamor. The two-level luxurious restaurant bedecked with chandeliers serves up some of the city’s best naan 24 ­hours a day. Everything in this spot is halal.

6. Mayur Kabab House

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1108 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 637-9770
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Mayur Kabab isn’t just a meal that tastes good, it does good. Owner Kazi Mannan makes extra food every Sunday and delivers it to the Georgetown Ministry Center, where he serves it to the local homeless population. Everything is halal here.

7. Sacrificial Lamb

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1704 R St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 797-2736
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The name may be a bit visceral, but with low prices, quick service, and late hours, Sacrificial Lamb is a great halal takeout option, and 100 percent of dishes are halal.

8. Simply Banh Mi

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1624 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 333-5726
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This simple restaurant sits in a Georgetown basement — don't judge it by its website. It’s a good idea to go early, as once they run out of bread, there’s simply no more bahn mi. They do, however, serve pho, and rice, noodle, and salad bowls also.

9. SKWR Kabobline

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1400 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 682-1717
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This fast-casual restaurant is basically the Chipotle of kabobs. Everything here is halal except for the meatballs.

10. The Halal Guys (Multiple Locations)

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2686 Gallows Rd
Vienna, Virginia 22180
This year, the ­beloved New York-based food­ truck is going the brick­-and-­mortar route and landing in the D.C. area. Earlier this month, locations in Merrifield and Springfield opened doors. Next up is a shop on H Street and 15 other locations.

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1. Afghan Grill

2309 Calvert St NW, Washington, D.C. 20008
Here, family recipes have been in the family for generations. The menu is full of Afghan dishes made with ingredients from local farmers. All is halal here.
2309 Calvert St NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

2. Afghan Kabob House

2045 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
With authentic Afghan cuisine and free delivery within five miles of the location, anyone’s house can become the Kabob House. Every option on the menu is halal.
2045 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

3. Busboys and Poets (Multiple locations)

1025 5th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
D.C. food-scene staple Busboys and Poets was created by Anas "Andy"’ Shallal, an Iraqi-American artist and restaurateur. He introduced halal chicken to all locations in November 2010, five years after the first one opened. The chicken they serve there is still halal.
1025 5th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

4. Cafe Ole

4000 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20016
Great for the indecisive soul, Cafe Ole boasts over 30 different meze and tapas dishes. They also boast something even rarer for D.C.: cheap and plentiful parking. Cafe Ole's ownership confirmed that dishes are halal except those with ham.
4000 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20016

5. Grand Trunk

641 Indiana Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Grand Trunk may be the self-­proclaimed "world’s first South Asian American fast food brand," but they don’t lack glamor. The two-level luxurious restaurant bedecked with chandeliers serves up some of the city’s best naan 24 ­hours a day. Everything in this spot is halal.
641 Indiana Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

6. Mayur Kabab House

1108 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Mayur Kabab isn’t just a meal that tastes good, it does good. Owner Kazi Mannan makes extra food every Sunday and delivers it to the Georgetown Ministry Center, where he serves it to the local homeless population. Everything is halal here.
1108 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

7. Sacrificial Lamb

1704 R St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
The name may be a bit visceral, but with low prices, quick service, and late hours, Sacrificial Lamb is a great halal takeout option, and 100 percent of dishes are halal.
1704 R St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

8. Simply Banh Mi

1624 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
This simple restaurant sits in a Georgetown basement — don't judge it by its website. It’s a good idea to go early, as once they run out of bread, there’s simply no more bahn mi. They do, however, serve pho, and rice, noodle, and salad bowls also.
1624 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

9. SKWR Kabobline

1400 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
This fast-casual restaurant is basically the Chipotle of kabobs. Everything here is halal except for the meatballs.
1400 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

10. The Halal Guys (Multiple Locations)

2686 Gallows Rd, Vienna, Virginia 22180
This year, the ­beloved New York-based food­ truck is going the brick­-and-­mortar route and landing in the D.C. area. Earlier this month, locations in Merrifield and Springfield opened doors. Next up is a shop on H Street and 15 other locations.
2686 Gallows Rd
Vienna, Virginia 22180

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