For Muslims around the world, Ramadan is a time to reflect, reset, and focus on gratitude.
For 30 days in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, it is traditional to abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. Fasting is seen as an act of self-control and obedience that aims to increase faith, develop compassion for those in need, inspire patience, and bring believers closer to Allah and the Muslim community. .
Despite the discipline required to fast all day, Ramadan is by no means a dark month. Residents of the Phoenix metro area celebrate in a variety of ways: gathering at local mosques, cooking traditional dishes and taking time to give back through community service. For many, every night feels like a party as the fast is broken with the iftar meal.
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In many Middle Eastern and Islamic countries, life takes on a different pace as restaurants close during the day and then stay open all night, offering both Iftar and suhoor, the last meal before sunrise. . People gather with friends in cafes after evening prayers, take turns hosting iftar at home, and go out to enjoy lavish iftar buffets in high-end hotels and restaurants.
Here in the valley, some halal restaurants offer iftar meals and the possibility of communion during Ramadan.
“We’ve been doing the buffet every year since day one, and it was the only way, at least in Arizona, to feel the spirit of Ramadan,” Princess Mediterranean Restaurant & Market owner Noor Alsadi told The Republic. . year. “When you see everyone sitting there and not eating, it’s not that bad.”
This year, Ramadan will be observed from the night of April 1 and will end with the celebration of Eid al Fitr on Monday, May 2 (subject to the sighting of the moon). During this period, some restaurant opening hours will be adjusted to allow diners to enjoy quiet gatherings late into the night. Other restaurateurs will offer a unique meal at sunset. And a popular buffet will stay open late enough to serve both iftar and suhoor.
Here’s your guide to halal restaurants in Metro Phoenix offering Iftar during Ramadan 2022.
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Golden Restaurant & Bakery
Golden Restaurant is a popular destination for freshly made Levantine specialties like zaatar and cheese manooshe, falafel sandwiches stuffed with fried cauliflower, eggplant and hard-boiled eggs and a delicious chicken shawarma wrap Lebanese.
During Ramadan, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the regular menu will not be available. Instead, the restaurant will offer a special iftar meal. Last year, a set included dates, lentil soup, fried samboosak, lamb and okra stew, and vermicelli rice. Menus of the week are posted on the restaurant’s social media each Saturday, and main courses usually consist of a grilled or roasted meat and rice. Tea and water are available free of charge.
After 8 p.m., the regular menu will be available until 2 a.m., making it a good place to pick up sahoor to go.
Don’t miss: Sumptuous iftar meals, which include enough food to share or save for sahour.
Ramadan hours: Open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., iftar meal available from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Details: 1849 N. Scottsdale Road, Tempe. 480-656-4405, goldenrestaurantbakery.com.
Mandi House is the absolute best place in Arizona for Khaleeji cuisine. The Yemeni restaurant prepares exceptional spicy rice dishes from the Persian Gulf, such as Yemeni mandi (baked), muthbi (grilled) and haneeth (slow roasted) meat or chicken served on massive platters of basmati and kabsa , a Saudi favorite made by cooking meat or chicken with rice to infuse the grains with the savory flavor.
During Ramadan, the restaurant offers a massive buffet of Middle Eastern specialties, including a variety of rice dishes. Mandi House will stay open until 4am, making it the only place you can also enjoy suhoor.
Don’t miss: Meat sambusa, a fried triangular pastry filled with spicy ground lamb and some potatoes. It is an East African version of the South Asian samosa, which was introduced to southern Arabia by Indian spice traders in the 19th century.
Ramadan hours: Daily from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m.; the buffet opens at sunset.
Details: 1639 E. Apache Boulevard, Tempe. 480-659-4751, mandi-house-llc.business.site.
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Mijana East in Tempe is a long-running Lebanese restaurant that serves classics like hummus, kibbeh nayeh (a Middle Eastern beef tartare), cinnamon makanek sausages, and their spicier counterpart, sujuk and arayess, a crispy fried pita cut into wedges. For main courses, they prepare all kinds of grilled meats, kebabs and grilled quail, a popular late-night snack in the Middle East that is hard to find in the valley.
During Ramadan, the restaurant will offer a $25 iftar menu, which will include salad, dips, such as hummus, grilled meats and kebabs. Call ahead to find out what’s on the menu for the night.
Don’t miss: The iftar menu, which will change throughout the month.
Ramadan hours: Iftar begins at sunset. The restaurant is open until 11 p.m. from Sunday to Friday and until 2 a.m. on Saturday.
Details: 1290 N. Scottsdale Road, Tempe. 480-829-4959, mijana-east.com.
Chef and owner Mamoona Hilal and her husband have offered an iftar buffet in years past, but in the interests of guest safety and health, this year is offering an all-inclusive plated iftar meal for 19 $.99 per adult and $11.99 per child. She specializes in dishes from Pakistan, India and Afghanistan, such as mantoo dumplings, mixed-grill kebabs and Ramadan’s favorite haleem, a savory wheat porridge she makes with goat cheese. and lentils. Call ahead to find out what’s on the evening menu.
Don’t miss: Sweet and creamy chai tea to end the meal.
Ramadan hours: Open every day 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with iftar served at sunset; closed on Friday 8 April.
Details: 1638 N. 40th St., Phoenix. 602-275-1815, hilalgrill.com.
Princess Market Deli and Mediterranean Restaurant
This popular Ramadan gathering place is bringing back its iftar buffet for 2022. From Thursday to Sunday, the Alsadi family will offer a variety of popular dishes from the Middle East and South Asia as part of the largest iftar buffet of the valley. They told The Republic that one of the main draws is the specialty desserts, like baklava and knafa, a cheese-based Levantine treat topped with fried vermicelli or shredded filo pastry and dipped in syrup. Follow the restaurant on social media for promotions and hourly updates.
Don’t miss: Jordanian Atayef, miniature pancakes filled with walnuts and simple syrup.
Ramadan hours: Market open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; iftar buffet available Thursday through Sunday from sunset until 8 p.m.
Details: 2620 W. Broadway Road, Mesa. 480-894-1499, princessmarket.com.
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YS Mandi Restaurant
Not to be confused with Mandi House, YS Mandi does not offer a buffet, but it will be offering special evening Yemeni dishes throughout the month and adjusting hours to stay open late. The restaurant is popular with students from nearby Arizona State University looking for Gulf Arabic cuisine. It specializes in rice dishes, such as the namesake Mandi, made with slow-roasted chicken, lamb or goat.
Don’t miss: Masoub, a Yemeni bread pudding made with torn flatbread, banana, honey and cream topped with sesame seeds.
Ramadan hours: Every day from 2 p.m. to midnight.
Details: 933 E. University Drive, #112, Tempe. 602-242-4656, on Facebook as YS Restaurant.
Hana House is a Palestinian restaurant in North Phoenix where you can find a host of popular Levantine dishes like fatoush salad, hummus, babaghanoush, kofteh beef kebab, and roast lamb shank over rice.
They usually offer a buffet lunch on Sundays and are considering adjusting the timings to make it an iftar buffet for Ramadan. Watch the restaurant’s Facebook page for updated menus and promotions throughout the month. The restaurant books private parties, so guests should call ahead to make sure it’s open to the public before entering.
Don’t miss: Hana 1 mixed appetizer, which comes with hummus, babaghanoush, falafel, kibbe, and cheese borek.
Ramadan hours: Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; open until 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. An Iftar buffet can be offered on Sunday at sunset; call ahead to verify.
Details: 2350 W. Northern Ave., Phoenix. 602-354-3416, hanahouserestaurant.com.
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