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The Halal Guys Confirms New Burrito Nationwide, And Secret Menu

The Halal Guys grew their legend slanging delicious meal platters built for easy consumption on the go. Piles of chicken and gyro meat, falafel, rice, dabs of red sauce, waterfalls of white sauce — all are part of the delicious hype. The popularity of this cart-turned restaurant chain cannot go unnoticed, and their latest menu addition proves their prominence on the list of Top 10 Fast Food Game Changers for 2019 (link: restaurant game changers).

Keeping in their habit of serving iconic street food, The Halal Guys have confirmed that they will now be serving burritos filled with their beloved rice platter ingredients. Additionally, they’ve unveiled a new, creamy, luscious cheese sauce that’s blended with their famous white sauce. It’s a big move for the chain, but they’ve shown in the past how nimble their model can be with new offerings that continuously capitalize on trends or simply recognize the tastes and wants of their customers.

We got our hands on these new burritos and instinctively ordered an extra side of that new sauce because we had to experience its velvety high. Dunking this burrito all up in it? It would be criminal not to. All of your favorite choices, whether it be chicken, gyro meat or falafel, can be stuffed into this burrito, so trust the platter essence remains true regardless of the vessel.

Feeling a little more hungry than usual? The Halal Guys has verified the ability to order the burrito as secret menu item that’s double the size — and it’s all thanks to the viral creator of “The Blake Diet,” Blake Horton AKA @blake_201 on Instagram. Horton is known for creating and eating massive meals, with portions built for competitive eaters, rather than any normal human, to promote the intermittent fasting diet. The Halal Guys contacted him for the release of their new burrito, which now birthed a version that’s, as Horton put it, “Twice the size, twice the nutrients, twice the gains.” Pretty much think of it as two burritos in one.

So if you’re up to the task of taking down one of these behemoths, make sure to request your burrito be “Blake-sized” and The Halal Guys will serve you up a meal that would make Blake himself nod in approval. 


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Halal Guys Adds Spicy LAMB To Their Menu For The First Time

The Halal Guys have been rapidly expanding across the globe, going from their famous street carts in New York to having over 90 locations worldwide. While they’re known for the chicken and beef gyro combo plates and sandwiches, the street food icon is adding spicy lamb to their lineup for the first time ever.

Spicy Lamb marks the first new protein to arrive on the Halal Guys menu. Made from the lamb shoulder, the meat is braised with an aromatic blend of Middle Eastern herbs and spices that also provide a spicy kick.

It’s not as fiery as the chain’s notoriously nuclear hot sauce, but the lamb still has plenty of punch when it comes to heat.

You can find the Spicy Lamb as an option for platters and sandwiches at all Halal Guys locations in the US and Canada for a limited time.

Photos by Pete Pham


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The Halal Guys Drop A Shoe Collab Based On Their Popular Sauces

Sneakerheads and hardcore The Halal Guys fans alike will be fighting to get their hands on pairs of the street food icon’s newest collab.

Photo courtesy of The Halal Guys

A joint project between Clarks, NYC boutique Extra Butter, and The Halal Guys, the above shoes bring as much heat as a packet of the chain’s legendary red sauce. It’s fitting, then, that the two colorways for the shoes are based on the spicy and white sauces that grace the platters of meat and rice the New York legend is heralded for.

These “Halalabees” were debuted by Extra Butter at ComplexCon 2018 and commemorate the 30-year history of the street cart classic. Extra Butter designed them with premium suede uppers, classic crepe outsoles, a custom branded leather hangtag and veg-tan leather insoles.

Photo courtesy of The Halal Guys

If you want to cop the “Halalabees,” Extra Butter will debut them in their East Manhattan flagship store starting on November 9th, but those not in the area will be able to score them via online. Only 200 pairs of each colorway are available, though, making these $180 kicks a hyper-limited drop that you’ll want to snag faster than an Uncle Paulie’s hat.

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The Halal Guys Coming To Long Beach, CA On January 2nd

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Earlier this year, we broke news that the famous NYC Halal Guys cart was not only coming to California, but we knew exactly where it would land (Costa Mesa, CA).

Their next location? Long Beach, CA. Here’s the address:

The Halal Guys Long Beach
1804 Ximeno Street
Long Beach, CA

Other locations are planned, and we have word that we should be seeing them early into the year. There’s also expansion happening in the Vegas and Bay areas. Grand opening is January 2, 2016. If you’re following @Foodbeast on Facebook and Instagram, you’ll see the Long Beach location is doing some media tastings to get all kinks ironed out by the new year.

Los Angeles residents just got a few miles closer to getting their white sauce fix on the daily. 2016 is the year of the creeeeaaam:

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First California Halal Guys Just Announced Their Grand Open Date

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Californians, get ready to drown in Halal Guys’ iconic white sauce (pause?) whenever you want.

The first location of the iconic New York-based street cart has been in development for some time, but will officially be open for business in Costa Mesa, CA on October 2nd, 2015.

If you’ve ever been to Manhattan or been on Instagram during one of your buddies’ trips to the Big Apple, then you’ll be familiar with the rice + meat + white sauce experience that is The Halal Guys. Wraps, bowls, fries, rice, chicken, pita…I can’t wait. Pro-tip, you can track The Halal Guys Southern California expansion progress on their public Instagram account (and for pictures of Middle Eastern food porn).

We’ll be there a day before tapping on the glass hoping they’ll let us in, but for those of you in the Southern California area looking to get your fix, the location is: 3033 Bristol St. in Costa Mesa, CA.

Just to get you in the mood, here are a BUNCH of pictures of Halal Guys food so your taste buds can masturbate to:

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EXCLUSIVE: Halal Guys Just Confirmed Its Second Southern California Location

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The popular New York-based food cart, The Halal Guys, just confirmed to Foodbeast its second Orange County location as it continues to work its way west.

The Southern California city of Long Beach can start planning to get its middle eastern food fix as The Halal Guys got approved to open shop in the Long Beach “Traffic Circle.”

The location is no coincidence as it is near California State University, Long Beach, the alma mater of two Halal Guys franchise partners, Paul Tran and Phil Hoang.

Sure, their first location in Costa Mesa hasn’t even opened yet, but at least Southern Cali residents know where they’ll soon be able to find Those signature gyros, and chicken and rice platters drenched in “White Sauce.”

As we previously reported on Foodbeast, the restaurant signed a franchise deal that will bring 50 restaurants to Southern California, along with expansion planned for San Francisco, California and the East Bay.

Outside of California, Halal Guys plans to open in Las Vegas, The Philippines, Washington, DC. and Houston, Texas.

Looks like the little food cart might someday be a household name.

Future location address: 1804 Ximeno Ave., Long Beach, CA 90815

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Street view of where it will be:

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These 6 Food Trends Are Already Taking Over 2015

Every year something new in food makes the headlines. From bacon weaves to grilled cheese, people love reading about and looking at pictures of delicious things they probably shouldn’t eat. Some foods, however, tend to be more interesting than others.

We dug around and found a handful of popular food trends for this year. Expect to see more of these pop up on your newsfeed in the months to come.

Donuts

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A variety of donuts from OC Donut Bar 

The deep-fried breakfast pastry has seen many changes through the years. From its more iconic forms to some of the newer innovations, donuts have become an ever-changing staple that brings a smile to the morning commuter.

Sure, we enjoy them as a breakfast snack. However, donuts have unexpectedly been a prominent item in next-level dessert trends. Afters Ice Cream, for example, have become known for their popular ice-cream stuffed donuts. Their signature item, the Milky Bun, features flavored ice cream served inside a warm donut. Toppings optional.

The OC Donut Bar, another Orange County-based bakery, is known for many innovative takes on the donut. One of the biggest, baddest donuts in their menu is the gigantic Pop Tart-like pastry they call the Big Poppa-Tart Donut. The Donut Bar also gets seasonally creative with products like their reindeer-shaped donuts for Christmas and Cadbury Creme donuts around Easter.

High-profile baker Dominique Ansel created a pastry that turned heads around the world: the Cronut. Taking the best qualities of both donut and croissant, the Cronut took on many imitations since its debut. Fast food chains would turn out their own variations of the product, albeit under a different name, and join in on the success.

Somewhere between our kale salads and paleo diets, we thought it would be delicious to use donuts as replacement for hamburger buns. We were right, of course. We wouldn’t call it the norm, but using donuts to hold together burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches has now become far from unusual.

Ballpark foods

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Fritos Mac & Cheese Dog from Dodgers Stadium

Ballparks will never go away. At least in the foreseeable future. People love watching sports and ball parks cater to that love while creating a sense of community and camaraderie.

Sports or no, people still have to eat. Baseball stadiums have been stepping up their food game year after year. This year, however, a majority of them went all out. Don’t be surprised when you see an all-bacon buffet, deep-fried Doritos balls, or Blue Moon Creamsicles more and more. It’ll be like a year-long county fair.

One item, in particular, made national headlines: The Churro Dog. Which we’ll get to in a bit.

We’re embarking on a world where popcorn and nachos will be the healthier option, folks.

Waffles

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Lamb Waffle from Ink Waffles. 

Like donuts, waffles have become an incredibly popular replacement for starches. Whether it’s burger buns, pita breads, or flour tortillas, everything looks better with a waffle.

Popular waffle house Bruxie is one of the first to bring waffles into the mainstream. With a wide variety of waffle sandwiches on the menu, the theme began to bring forth other waffle-inspired eateries. The popular Iron Press at the Anaheim Packing District features some hefty waffle choices while Ink Waffles, currently located in Santa Ana’s 4th Street Market does a full menu.

Waffling, yes a verb, has also made many headlines. Utilizing a waffle maker, folks can take the most mundane of foods and turn it into a waffle. Be it donuts, cold pizza, or leftover cheeseburgers, if you can throw it in a waffle maker you’re “Waffling” it.

There’s something about those checkered patterns and crisped edges that just somehow appeal to people. Who needs a panini press, right?

Middle Eastern foods

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Peep this chicken and beef gyro. 

So the Halal Guys are coming to California, in case you didn’t hear. While Middle Eastern foods have been around forever, there’s something about the combination of meat, veggies and sauce that make folks go crazy.

The east coast, specifically New York, is the perfect example of this. Many falafel spots are filled, night after night, with enthusiastic patrons ready to get their shawarma on. With news of the Halal Guys move to the west coast going viral, it seems Middle Eastern cuisine is something to get hyped for in the months to come.

The food is presented as a healthier alternative to other cuisines, offering lighter choices that aren’t caked in oils and grease.

Middle Eastern cuisine is still relatively unknown to a good chunk of the world. While Asian foods have pretty much been defined across the globe, there’s still an unfamiliarity with food from the Middle East. While foods like falafels, hummus and shawarma have become more commonplace, a mystery surrounding dishes like fattoush, tabouleh and baba ghanoush still remain for most people.

While the hype train for Middle Eastern fare is slowly building, we expect to see a consistent trend in the near future.

Churros

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The infamous Churro Dog. 

The Churro itself, a deep-fried stick of dough coated in cinnamon and sugar, is a pretty impressive creation of man already. This is a fact. If you start adding it to stuff, however, it’ll start taking a life of it’s own.

Between churros stuffed with jelly, churro ice cream sandwiches and churro popcorn, you can pretty much turn anything into a churro these days. Some kid in California even made a Chocolate Churro Quesadilla that turned heads.

Recently, the infamous concoction called the Churro Dog went viral. The monstrous beast featured a simple churro stick wedged between a donut and topped with multiple ice cream scoops, topped with whipped cream, caramel and chocolate drizzle. The dog is available at Chase Field in Arizona and has since been the product of many recreations, including the one above.

Poke

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A bowl of spicy tuna poke topped with mango, avocados, greens and sauce. 

The poke buzz has been climbing the charts as of late. The dish of raw fished seasoned with spices and sauces has been a popular craving for anyone looking for something light and tasty to snack on. Either served with rice or chips, poke is probably one of the more versatile dishes in recent news.

Lighter than cooked fish and relatively cheaper than sushi, poke originates from Hawaiian roots. While it comes from the islands, Poke can sometimes be found on Japanese menus. The dish utilities many Japanese condiments including sauces, spices and toppings.

Recently, popular Orange County-based PokiNometry has been making headlines. The quick-service Chipotle-style poke restaurant allows customers to create custom dishes feature various types of poke.

We’d take a bowl of poke over a fast food fish sandwich any day.

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EXCLUSIVE: We Know Exactly Where The Halal Guys Are Opening Their First California Spot

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The folks behind the project responsible for bringing The Halal Guys to Southern California have just divulged to us the exact address of their first California location.

Set to open in August, residents of Orange County will be able to make it rain massive amounts of white sauce before anyone else in the state. Specifically, the almost-beach city of Costa Mesa, CA, will receive the first location:

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The above Google View snaps are of 3033 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA, the home of a newly minted lease deal that will bring the official Halal Guys to a shopping center directly across the street from a lap-band procedure building, fittingly.

Our sources confirm the location is well thought-out, hoping it caters to the lunch crowd from all the offices near South Coast Plaza (the largest mall on the West Coast), the dinner crowd from the nearby residential area and runoff from the late night crowd leaving neighboring Newport Beach (wuddup).

It is also close enough to major schools like UC Irvine and Orange Coast College, and smack dab in the middle of three freeways, 55, 73 and the 405:

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Just to get y’all in the mood, here are some shots of Halal Guys food that Southern California kids will no longer have to enjoy through the lens of a screen:

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