2 metro Detroit restaurants on list of 'Best Halal' spots in America

Posted at 8:27 AM, Dec 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-09 08:27:15-05

(WXYZ) — Two restaurants in metro Detroit have made Thrillist's list of the "Best Halal Restaurants in the United States. "

According to the list, AB's Amazing Ribs on Ford Rd. in Dearborn Heights is one of the restaurants.

Sculptor and food blogger Fred Sareini wrote for Thrillist:

"Not all start-ups are born in a Silicon Valley garage. With the same spirit as the best entrepreneurs, Ali B. (known as “AB”) began offering classic BBQ to customers out of his garage with the idea of showcasing his homemade sauces that are made from scratch. I’m happy to call myself one of his first customers and to see him grow from borrowing a smoker to what it has become today -- one of the best BBQ joints in Michigan."

"While many BBQ spots offer a short rib once a week, AB’s Amazing Ribs offers it every single day. His ribs come with an unforgettable horseradish-based white sauce. For sides, scarf down the creamy mac and cheese before you enjoy his “meat candy” chicken wings, which are sweetly glazed with just the right touch of smoke. If that isn’t enough, AB has the only restaurant in Michigan that offers Halal wagyu beef burgers and who dares to prepare (and perfect) fish & chips. Made with wild cod, it’s just like everything else on the menu -- memorable."

The other restaurant is Royale with Cheese in Midtown Detroit.

Food Vlogger Amanda Saab wrote:

"When I head into Detroit for a night out with friends I always crave a classic cheeseburger. I’m not comfortable eating at restaurants with bars so my options for American Halal food are limited. Fortunately, the latest wave of Detroit’s restaurants are defining Halal beyond just offering Zabihah; they are fostering creative, inclusive spaces (and food dishes) for everyone."

"Royale With Cheese is the perfect example of Detroit’s take on Halal food that checks all the boxes -- a Pulp Fiction-inspired burger spot covered with fun murals and photographs that offers something for everyone in the family. And you’ll need the whole crew because you should family style and try as many burgers as you can -- Classic Royale (duh!), Havana, and the Kruncher are a must! Don’t forget the All Up In your Grilled Cheese Sandwich too. Packed with candied turkey bacon, fried egg, cheese fondue, smoked gouda cheese fondue, and served with roasted tomato basil soup; it will leave you breathless. Literally. You will shamelessly stuff yourself with no regrets. If you don’t “do” burgers and shakes -- who are you?! -- Royale offers beautifully plated salads with edible flowers you’d never expect at a burger joint in Detroit. My fave is the Kale Beirut. Bon Appetit!"