In less than one year, The Halal Guys has created a strong brand presence and loyal following with their customers at each of their Costa Mesa, Long Beach, and Los Angeles locations. The opening of each location has witnessed long lines that often reached wait times of four hours, even though once customers get to the counter to order it averages only a few minutes to complete their transaction. By the end of 2016 they are slated to open a location in Cerritos at 11435 South Street Suite A9-B; followed by Glendale at 201 B. Brand Blvd Suite 110 and in 2017 a third location will open in Downtown Los Angeles at 510 W 7th St, Los Angeles.
"Since 2015 when we opened our first Halal Guys in Costa Mesa followed by Long Beach and most recently Koreatown, we have been overwhelmed by the excitement and enthusiasm for the concept. We are really excited to announce that we still have lots more coming in 2016 and 2017. We are currently working on two locations in Cerritos and Glendale that should open later this year, followed by the Downtown LA location next year. Our real estate choices were influenced by our fans who often brag about how far they drove to enjoy The Halal Guys," says operating partner, Paul Tran.
The Halal Guys aim to be different and encourage patrons across America to try something unique. They pride themselves on only using high-quality products like their chicken, which has never been frozen and is marinated and seasoned overnight, then cooked and chopped on the grill and served directly to their plate. Famously known for its white sauce, gyro sandwiches, chicken-and-rice platters, The Halal Guys menu offers a mix of different Middle Eastern dishes.
The Halal Guys grew from its humble beginnings as a food cart on the streets of New York City to a global icon known as the largest American halal street food concept in the world. This Manhattan-based landmark was created by three like-minded men from Egypt who came to America in search of a better life. When Mohamed Abouelenein, Ahmed Elsaka, and Abdelbaset Elsayed noticed that many cab drivers in New York were looking for a place to buy meals in Manhattan, they created their first food cart and quickly grew into a leading tourist and native New Yorker destination for American Halal fare. In 2013, The Halal Guys were ranked the most popular food truck reviewed on FourSquare and the third most Yelped restaurant in the U.S. in 2014.