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27 April 2013 in Texas
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Jamillah Garden Restaurant

15514 FM 529 Rd., Houston, TX 77041
281.855.4818

Jamillah Garden is an halal Chinese restaurant on 529 and highway 6 in Houston. I'm definitely not impressed with the decor, and the staff leaves a lot to be desired. However, the owner, I'm guessing Jamillah is extremely welcoming.

We went for the dinner buffet on a weekend and benefited from going early as there wasn't much rush. This place starts to get busy in the late evening though. The buffet had a good variety, one of my favorites being the sesame chicken, delicious!.  The buffet has the usual soups, main courses, rice and noodle dishes, lots of choices, hard to go wrong.

Not much to say about service as we had the buffet, generally though I wouldn't give them many stars for service. The place is definitely kid friendly. Jamillah's has reasonable prices as well and you're sure to walk away fully satisfied.

27 April 2013 in Texas by Sarrah M.
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Darband Shish Kabob

5670 Hillcroft St., Houston, TX 77036
713.975.8350

Gotta Love the Kebabs at Darband!

This is a tiny place in terms of restaurants and they are busy. Pick the right time though and its not that much of a wait. Even if you have to wait, it'll be worth it.

Two things stand out from our last halal run, the fountain in the middle of the restaurant and the kebabs. The fountain only for the fact that it kept our kids busy while we scarfed down the kebabs. I'm not sure what it is but they sprinkle the kebabs with a spice mixture, which is an added bit of deliciousness. Served with huge pieces of freshly baked pita bread and charred tomatoes (wow they were good), the kebabs were worth the half hour drive from Katy. The food was good enough to make me want to go again and try out some more items on their menu, or at least, I'm heading there for the the kebabs again!

27 April 2013 in Texas by Fatemah Badri
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Busy Boy Mediterranean Grill & Cafe

5722 Hillcroft Ave., Houston, TX 77036
713.783.1188

It was nearing lunchtime on a Saturday when my Mom and I walked into Busy Boys located on Hillcroft Ave. in Houston with much anticipation, as neither of us had had a decent burger for at least five months. Seeing the vast array of choices on their menu, from American style burgers and Philly cheesesteaks to Mediterranean fare, our excitement only greatened.

But, nevertheless, the lure of finding the perfect halal burger got the best of us. I ordered the mushroom and swiss cheese burger and my Mom went for the good ol' American cheeseburger. The two men who were at the counter to take our order were friendly enough, and seemed amused as we told them about our quest for halal burgers. As we sat waiting for our order, we filled our drinks, and took a look around. There wasn't much to take in, it had a typical mom and pop shop feel to it, nothing fancy, just "we are what we are", but personally, if the food is good enough, then I don't think it makes much difference.

The food came in a reasonable amount of time, it might actually have seemed longer than it was because we were so excited about it. Looking at the size of my mushroom swiss burger accompanied by thick cut fries,I couldn't wait to dig in. I wasn't disappointed! It was delicious, and only got better as I slathered on the garlic sauce that they offer along with the normal ketchup and mustard. My mom looked equally excited about her burger and, having taken a bite out of hers, I could tell why. The burgers were juicy and truly unlike any fast food burger I had had before I turned "halal".

Overall, from that first experience, I would give Busy Boys a 9 out of 10. Service was good, and relatively fast. Friendly atmosphere, and GREAT food.

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