Mar 31, 2023 - Culture

8 restaurants with Ramadan-friendly food in Charlotte

It’s the month of Ramadan — a time of prayer, reflection and fasting for Muslims. During the holy month, Muslims will fast every day from dawn to sunset. Then, they’ll break their fast with an evening meal known as iftar.

From iftar buffets to fully-halal menus, we’ve rounded up eight Ramadan-friendly places to break your fast during the holy month in Charlotte. 

  • Of note: Halal is a term to describe what’s permissible under Islamic law. In terms of food and drink, vegan food is almost always considered halal, whereas alcohol and certain meats like pork are not.
  • Even if you’re not observing Ramadan, this guide can be used to explore some of Charlotte’s Asian and Middle Eastern eateries.

Editor’s note: This isn’t an exhaustive list, and it’s not in any particular order.

HALAL RESTAURANTS

Botiwalla Indian Street Grille

Known for their Indian street foods, such as the masala smashed potatoes, Botiwalla boasts an array of Indian cuisine, from curry dishes to skewers. Their meats, including lamb and chicken, are halal, according to Botiwalla’s website.

Details: Find Botiwalla at 1115 N Brevard St. (inside Optimist Hall). They’re open Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm and Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm.

YAFO Kitchen

Locally-owned YAFO Kitchen calls itself a “fast-casual Middle Eastern street food concept.” The restaurant has vegetarian and vegan-friendly menu options, hot mezze sides and the option to build-your-own pita or bowl (similar to Cava). 

Details: YAFO has three locations across Charlotte, including Plaza Midwood, SouthPark and Dilworth. All three locations are open daily from 11am to 9pm.

Of note: YAFO confirmed to Axios their menu is not fully halal, due to its supply chain. But some of their proteins are, so ask for clarification when visiting.

Photo: Courtesy of YAFO Kitchen.

Dave’s Hot Chicken

The popular Nashville-style hot chicken chain is certified halal. Dave’s is known for its combinations of chicken tenders, sliders and fries (and seven spice levels to choose from).

Details: Dave’s Hot Chicken has two Charlotte locations, including one in  Plaza Midwood and a recently-opened spot in University City.

Dave's hot chicken
Photo: Danielle Chemtob/Axios

Curry Gate

A Charlotte classic, Curry Gate offers a fully-halal menu of Indian and Nepalese fare including curries, biryani, tandoori, samosas and naan.

Details: Curry Gate has two locations. There’s the flagship on 24th St. (near Camp North End) and a recently-opened location at 5516 South Blvd.

  • The OG Curry Gate is mainly for takeout, while Curry Gate 2 on South Boulevard offers dine-in and a few additional dishes.

Related Axios Article: Charlotte’s beloved Curry Gate restaurant is now open on South Boulevard

Curry Gate 2

Taste of Asia Halal

A halal restaurant in University City offering a “wide variety of halal-certified dishes made with fresh, high-quality ingredients,” according to their website.

  • A quick look at the menu shows Asian dishes like chicken 65, samosas and Szechuan chicken.

Details: Taste of Asia is located at 10210 Berkeley Pl. Dr. #120. They’re open Saturday-Thursday from noon-9pm and Friday 3-9pm.

RAMADAN SPECIALS

La Shish Kabob

The local halal spot serves authentic Middle Eastern foods, like falafel, shawarma and kabobs.

Special: La Shish Kabob is offering an all-you-can-eat Iftar buffet that’ll run each night starting at sundown. The buffet is $25.99 and will feature over 50 dishes, including lamb, beef, chicken and desserts.

Details: La Shish Kabob is located at 3117 N Sharon Amity Road. They’re open daily from 11am-11pm.

  • You can make a reservation by calling the restaurant at (704) 567-7900.
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Zafran Kabab Palace

You’ll find traditional Indian and Pakistani cuisine at this University City restaurant, including clay oven BBQ, rice dishes and nine types of naan.

Special: Zafran is offering a buffet dinner until the third day of Eid-al-Fitr, according to their website.

  • Get all large to-go trays 25% off during the month of Ramadan.

Details: Zafran Kabab Palace is located at 230 E W.T. Harris Blvd. (in McCullough Commons). They’re open Tuesday-Sunday from 11am-9:30pm. Closed on Monday.

Zafran Kabab Palace
Chicken Malai Botti on Afghani rice at Zafran Kabab Palace ($16.99). Photo: Danielle Chemtob/Axios

Jasmine Grill and Kabab

Located on Central Avenue, the Middle Eastern restaurant has a menu spanning from apps like the hummus plates and baba ganoush to family-style kabab meals.

Special: They’re running an iftar buffet for $20.99 per person, featuring roasted lamb, kabab hindi, rice, and house salad among other halal-friendly foods. Their Instagram promises a new dish on the buffet each day. No reservation required.

Details: Jasmine Grill and Kabab is located at 2920 Central Ave. B. They’re open Monday-Saturday 11am-9:30pm and Sunday 11am-9pm.

Of note: There’s also a Jasmine Grill on South Boulevard — the two restaurants share ownership and similar menus, but you’ll only find the buffet at Jasmine Grill and Kebab on Central.

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