I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been a HUGE fan of the original Halal Guys from New York, which started out in 1990 at 53rd and 6th Ave in the heart of Midtown. The first time I tried it back in 2003, I became a fan immediately. Even so, to be frank, I was skeptical that they could translate those delicious platters of chicken and gyro meat with rice to a brick and mortar format and still be able to keep that authentic “street cart” flavor intact. Boy, was I glad I was wrong. After trying multiple Halal Guys in various places (Costa Mesa, Koreatown, and even Las Vegas), I’ve consistently enjoyed it every time. It’s become one of my favorite go-to spots for fast and delicious casual food that always hits the spot. That’s why I’m SUPER excited Halal Guys is planning to open their first DTLA location next year here along 7th Street!
As many of you know, I’ve been impatiently waiting for more casual and affordable food options here in Downtown LA. I’ve complained about the lack of restaurants that local residents, like myself, can patronize that is both good and won’t hurt the wallet. Well, I definitely consider the arrival of Halal Guys to be a solid addition that will cater not only to the weekend bar crowd, but also the full-time residents in downtown.
Located on the ground floor of The Mandel Lofts near 7th and Olive, Halal Guys will replace the former Brigade LA retail clothing store, which is relocating its upscale fashion brands to a larger new store at LA Live on Olympic Blvd. According to commercial broker Eon Lew who represented both Halal Guys and the landlord in the deal, the space is approximately 1,700 square feet large. The new Halal Guys will be a great, great addition to 7th Street’s “restaurant row” and will be located just a few doors down from the venerable Bottega Louie. Every Halal Guys I’ve been to has been wildly popular, so expect this one to be an instant hit as well, helping to further activate this stretch of the block.
Expect Halal Guys in Downtown LA to open sometime in 2017.