Yvonne Maffei was raised in Northeast Ohio around her Sicilian and Puerto Rican family members who taught her to appreciate all cultures and cuisines. Yvonne has travelled the globe and turned her passion for g
lobal cuisine, cooking and wmy halal kitchenriting alike, into a career. She runs MyHalalKitchen.com, which has a massive following of 1.2 million fans on Facebook alone. Her cookbook, My Halal Kitchen  is available to buy online . In this Guest Edit, Yvonne shares with us her Top 10 US halal restaurants.

I have a real weakness for healthy Mediterranean restaurants- they always seem to draw me in, but I also love the all-American burger places serving dhabiha beef- what a treat! Asian food made halal is something I’m always seeking out, too, so when I find a good place I just have to recommend it.

Here are my 10 best halal restaurants in the US. 

1. Pita Pita Mediterranean – Barrington, IL

Pita Pita Mediterranean Grill Platter

Source: Pita Pita Mediterranean Grill

Pita Pita Mediterranean Grill Mezze

Source: Pita Pita Mediterranean Grill, Mezze

Pita Pita Mediterranean Grill have a delicious range of appetisers, soups, grilled mains and a sweet selection of desserts based in Illinois you can find them at 3 locations.

Here’s my recommended location – 4613 W Higgins Rd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60192, USA

2. Istanbul Mediterranean Grill – Avon, Ohio

Istanbul Mediterranean Grill, Mixed Grill

Source: Istanbul Mediterranean Grill, Mixed Grill

Kazandibi - caramelized milk custard topped with cinnamon and cream

Source: Istanbul Mediterranean Grill, Kazandibi – caramelized milk custard topped with cinnamon and cream

Middle Eastern Cuisine is my weakness , but I also have a sweet tooth, if you visit Istanbul Grill, you’ve got to get the Kaziandibi dessert (pictured above) – it’s amazing and not too sweet.

You can find them here: 35840 Chester Road Avon, OH 44011

3. Pita Inn– Skokie, IL

Pita Inn Restaurant

The legendary Pita Inn Restaurants have been a landmark in the Chicagoland area since 1982. From day one, Pita Inn offered delicious, affordable, and quality Mediterranean food as a unique alternative to traditional fast food. – I make my own dish by ordering the chicken shawarma on fattoush salad- yum!

You can find them here – Pita Inn Skokie, IL 60076, USA

4. The Halal Guys – Chicago & NYC

The Halal Guys Gyro Platter

Source: The Halal Guys Gyro Platter

From humble beginnings as a New York City hot dog cart to a world-renowned international restaurant chain, The Halal Guys story is the quintessential American Dream.  I mean, who doesn’t love those platters with that super hot sauce?

You can find them in multiple locations in NY or in Chicago
 49 WEST DIVISION STREET49 West Division Street,Chicago,IL 60610

5. Addis Grill – Louisville, KY

Addis Grill's Vegetarian Platter

Source: Addis Grill’s Vegetarian Platter

Addis Grill serves Ethiopian food in Louisville and carries halal lamb. Their Mediterranean restaurant features the finest selection of vegetarian and tasty meat dishes – Definitely worth a visit or two!

Find them here – 109 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202, USA

6.  I Cafe – Chicago, IL

I-Cafe's Pide

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I love their Pide with Cheese & Sejouk – This place specialises in Turkish food – Pide’s & Lamachuns to be precise!
You can find them at – 1814 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, Illinois

7. Falafels Middle Eastern Grill & Catering- Bloomington, IN

Falafels Middle Eastern Grill, Hummus

Source: Falafels Middle Eastern Grill, Hummus

Falafel’s Middle Eastern Grill is a must visit restaurant. Serving in-house, daily prepared falafels, shawarma, gyros, kabobs and pita bread. I would get the mixed veggie platter and beef or potato borek!

Find them at – 430 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, Indiana

8. Uyghur Bistro- Houston, TX

Uyghur Bistro's Noodles

Source: Uyghur Bistro’s Noodles

This place has unique and delicious food you can’t find anywhere else- make sure you try the homemade noodles!
Find them at – 9888 Bellaire Blvd, Set 168 Houston, Texas

9. Famous Hamburger- East Dearborn

Famous Hamburgers

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Famous Hamburger has awesome food and extraordinary service. A contemporary Halal American restaurant, taking traditional menu items and adding a twist that makes each dish uniquely its own.

Find them at – 5808 Schaefer Rd Dearborn, Michigan

10. Epic Burger- Chicago, IL


Epic Burger

Source: Epic Burger

Like I said, I love burger places serving dhabiha beef! – This place is one to visit if you’re a lover of the all-American burger!

Find them at – 517 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605, USA


Yvonne has authored three cookbooks that aim to showcase the diversity of halal cuisine and how to make delicious and healthy substitutes for ingredients in classic American, Asian, French, Italian and Latin recipes that anyone will enjoy. To order a copy of her latest book, click on the link below.