Eighth-Annual Vendy Awards
by Julie Besonen, 09/18/2012
Gyro. Photo: Alexander Thompson
Hamza & Madina Halal Food
254-05 Hillside Ave., Glen Oaks, Queens
"Halal" means "permissible" in Arabic and involves being in accordance with Islamic law, which includes humane methods of animal slaughter. Kasam, Zahir and Salem Mashriqi—a Queens-based family from Afghanistan—sell as many as 300 to 500 chicken and lamb gyros from their pushcart each day. The succulent meats are infused with chili powder, garlic and fresh jalapeños and topped with a white sauce that features both Middle Eastern and Afghani flavors. Extra white sauce? Yes, please. And if you can take the heat, get a drizzle of hot sauce on the falafels and kebabs. Most items range from $3.99 to $5.99. If you're on Long Island, stop by the Hamza & Madina Halal Food cart in Hicksville. For more information, see the Hamza & Madina Halal Food video at foodcurated.com.