The Halal Guys, the famous New York City Middle Eastern food cart-turned-restaurant empire, is making its Austin debut on campus, serving up chicken, gyro, rice, falafel, pitas, and more doused with its signature white and hot sauces, on Saturday, July 15.
Eater photographer Courtney Pierce toured the Austin outpost of the growing global chain. The bright Guadalupe space keeps up the brand’s red motif, with tabletops, counter, lamps, and a tiled wall, along with touches of yellow scattered throughout. Black and white photos of those legendary lines for the original New York City cart line the walls, including a larger one near the entrance. There is also a black and white illustration of people waiting in the line.
Customers will place their orders at the counter, where meals are made right in front of them. Then they can take their pick of the four- or two-top tables, or the limited counter seats.
The first 100 guests on Halal’s official opening day will receive free platters starting at 11 a.m. In the meantime, the Drag restaurant is offering limited service until then, as well as delivery through UberEats, ending tomorrow, Wednesday, July 12.
Halal Guys knew it wanted to come to Austin, and took over I Luv Video's building for the Texas restaurant.