halal feature: Yogi Dog @ Hollywood, USA

A halal restaurant at Hollywood Walk of Fame! Who could have guess, eh? It was in fact the only halal eatery that we found in LA. It serves fast food – hot dogs, tacos and the like.

The place is called Yogi Dog – how cute! It’s just two doors away from the Wax Museum.

The storefront. It was a bright sunny day in LA. The halal sign was so big I could see it from the bus.

The halal menu.

Very cheap for Hollywood standard ;-)

Waiting for our order to be ready.

Here’s the hot dog. Yummy!

And the beef taco. We were so hungry each of us had 2 meals.

Since it was a grab-and-go kind of place, there wasn’t much space to sit and eat. Yet it was too hot and bright to go outside. So we just hanged around shop and enjoyed our food while chatting with the friendly owner. Here’s the place on Google map.

halal feature: Naan-N-Curry @ San Francisco, USA

This restaurant is located at a very strategic location in the heart of downtown San Francisco, just a short walking distance from our hotel. Plenty of shops nearby and there’s a huge Macy’s outlet just 2 blocks away. A shopping haven for sure.

They offer buffet as well as à la carte meals. Since we are not big eaters, we went for à la carte. Even so, their American portion was already big enough for our Asian tummies.

Fiza checking out their menu before we decided to go in.

Spoilt for choice!

I kind of like their table deco. It may not be a masterpiece, but a nice personal touch nonetheless.

Our dinner on the first visit. Fiza had bread. I had rice.

We went there again for dinner on Christmas night and had these.

You can find the restaurant along O’Farrell Street, directly opposite Hilton Hotel. Here it is on Google map.

halal feature: Sala Thai 2 @ Fremont, USA

We dropped by this restaurant on our way from San Francisco to Cupertino on the day we visited Apple headquarters. I was thrilled to see a halal Thai restaurant as we could eat something a little closer to home food.

The  restaurant’s name is Sala Thai 2. Don’t ask me where Sala Thai 1 is because I ain’t got a clue.

We reached there slightly before noon, the restaurant was rather empty. A few minutes later it was lunch hour and the place was pack with people.

Mango chicken. Absolutely love this.

Curry. Fish, I think. Can’t remember.

We ordered a lot more than these but I only take a few pics. Well I was hungry I guess. The restaurant is located in a quiet area along South Grimmer Boulevard. There are many factories and offices around so it get full house really fast during lunchtime. So go there early. Glad we did! Here it is on Google map.

The massive signage by the roadside. You definitely won’t miss it.

halal feature: Pakwan Restaurant @ San Francisco, USA

This was the first restaurant we tried in San Francisco. Went there for early dinner for two reasons: (1) We were super hungry after a long trip from Orlando. (2) We heard that the location was in a rather dodgy part of the city, so we thought if we were to go there, we better go there while the sun was still up.

The walk from our hotel at Market Street to the restaurant was quite an interesting one. The road went uphill and downhill on steep slopes, very signature San Francisco. As we got nearer to the restaurants, the surrounding became gloomier, and we saw more and more homeless people sitting on the curb, just chilling. It felt scary at first, but after a while I realize they weren’t any trouble. Not to us, at least.

Pakwan Restaurant. They have several branches in San Francisco. We went to the one at the corner of O’Farrell and Jones.

Watched a ball game while waiting for our order.

Dinner is served! I’m drooling just looking at this pic :-P~

I think I ordered lamb curry, or something like that.

Fiza ordered chicken beryani.

You can find them at these addresses.

Verdict: Super duper yummy! I absolutely enjoyed my curry. If only the restaurant was a bit nearer to our hotel, we would have gone there again. Here’s the place on Google map.

halal feature: Halal Food Express @ Orlando, USA

I found out about Halal Food Express while doing research for my Orlando trip. Told myself that I must give this place a try. How often could one find a halal American fast food joint anyway?

The place is located along International Drive, just across the road from Wet ‘n Wild theme park. Nearby you will find Orlando Continental Plaza Hotel, Walgreens supermarket and KFC. Look for a row of blue shophouses facing the main road. The restaurant occupies the end lot, next to a souvenir shop.

Turn into this junction. Halal Food Express is at the very end, near the huge billboard.

A little close-up...

...that’s the one!

I took the picture early in the morning while on my way to Universal Orlando Resort. They weren’t open yet.

Inside the restaurant. This one was taken at night when I went there to grab dinner.

Had chicken sandwich to eat-in.

Oooh yummy yummy!

Ordered a basket of chicken wings for take-out but I totally forgot to take a pic. Didn’t try their kebab because I already had enough kebabs during my travels ;-) Anyway, the chicken wings were marvelous! I totally recommend them. Must try.

The place is really clean and the owner is friendly. And I must mention that the location is perfect - along the main road, walking distance from two major theme parks and the I-Ride trolley bus stop is just nearby. Here it is on Google map.

Here’s their website: http://www.halalfoodexpress.com
Here’s their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HalalFoodExpress