Ramadan begins Saturday April 2 and ends May 2 with the Eid al-Fitr holiday, and Bay Area HalalFest organizers have created a restaurant schedule for those looking for a place to break the fasting in the evening with an iftar meal, or an early sahoor meal, before dawn. “The reason you refrain from eating and drinking is to realize that there are others who cannot eat meals every day, as we take for granted on a daily basis,” the president said. by HalalFest, Ali Malik. “It’s a huge fabric of Ramadan, and also giving back.”
The Ramadan restaurant schedule will highlight a number of Bay Area halal restaurants that will be extending their hours of operation, offering specials or hosting customer events over the holidays. HalalFest is also the organizer of Halal Restaurant Week, which started in 2020. Malik says the event was organized to help halal restaurants stay afloat. “For us, the main goal, and a focus, is for these restaurants to survive and thrive,” says Malik. “Food is an integral part of bringing the community together.”
To see the full list of participating restaurants, available times and events, head to the HalalFest website. But here are some highlights from the schedule:
Steakhouse Arya: Arya Steakhouse specializes in Persian cuisine and steakhouse dishes, with different styles of skewer made with halal meat and served with basmati rice, as well as Persian stews. They will extend their daily hours until 9:30 p.m. for iftar.
Chikin drip food truck: This Nashville-style hot chicken sandwich truck will be open Monday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. for iftar.
Halal Amigos: This halal Mexican restaurant will extend its opening hours until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays during Ramadan. The restaurant will also host a suhoor event on April 9 and will remain open until 3 a.m., serving items from the menu, as well as specials like a breakfast burrito and crispy tacos.
Greens N Grills: Greens N Grills will extend its iftar hours from Tuesday to Sunday and will be open for suhoor every Saturday of Ramadan, from midnight to 4 a.m., serving Algerian and North African dishes, as well as American dishes for the breakfast.
Krusti pizza and pasta: This restaurant will be open until 10 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday. Apart from their typical menu, Krusti will offer free iftar packages to customers with dates, a small cup of soup and samosas, and temporarily add samosas, kebabs, barley soup and more to the menu during the Ramadan.
BBQ Masala & Curries: This Indian-Pakistani sit-down restaurant will offer an iftar buffet every day during Ramdan.
Cafe Mirchi: This Pakistani and Italian fusion restaurant will be open until 10 p.m. from Monday to Thursday, and until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings for sahour. Mirchi Cafe will also host a youth iftar on April 18 with Ramadan crafts and games.
YeeShaans Grubb Food Truck: This food truck will be open for iftar from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday. They will be offering free dates and iftar drinks — like Rooh Afza sorbet — for those who break their fast. YeeShaans serves “halal burgers with a Pakistani twist,” like a burger seasoned with freshly ground masala, as well as fries and mango lassi drinks.
Keep up to date with Ramadan calendar updates on the HalalFest website and their Instagram and Facebook sites.