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Osh restaurant bakes fresh bread daily.
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13 Spots for Halal Food in Nashville

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Osh restaurant bakes fresh bread daily.
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Nashville’s halal restaurants cover a range of cuisines — Asian, Mediterranean, and Kurdish (Nashville has the largest Kurdish population in the U.S.), among others. The spots on this list, ranging from casual grab-and-go markets serving standout shawarma to chic, spa-like spots serving falafel and longstanding Turkish restaurants, all serve halal or partially halal menus. Note that it’s best to check with a restaurant directly to make sure its menu meets your dietary needs.

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Fattoush Cafe

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This Greek restaurant, with a recent appearance on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives under its belt, serves bright and fresh vegetables, spanakopita, and more. It closes by 8 p.m. most days of the week.

pita and kebab at Fattoush.
Fattoush Cafer serves standout Greek food in Nashville.
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Inchin's Bamboo Garden

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This serene, wood-clad Indo-Chinese restaurant with locations across the U.S. trots from saag paneer to kung pao chicken at its Nashville location. The generous menu has a number of stellar rice dishes, like the burnt garlic chili fried rice, as well as a formidible list of vegetarian options like kung pao potatoes and cauliflower Manchurian.

Noodles from Inchin Bamboo Garden.
Inchin’s Bamboo Garden serves Indo-Chinese cuisine.
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Anatolia Turkish Restaurant

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Belle Meade’s cozy Turkish restaurant serves standout dishes in a gently lit dining room with walls covered in colorful Turkish textiles and tables draped in white tablecloths. Baked Turkish ravioli, spinach-stuffed chicken, and lamb stew all star on the menu.

Sauteed lamb at Anatolia
Sauteed lamb (pictured here), lamb stew, and other lamb dishes are served at Anatolia.
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Ramadan Restaurant

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Ramadan’s menu of Somali dishes includes a selection of goat dishes, plus liver, chicken, fish, and beef served alongside treats like East African chapati flatbread. The cafe itself is a sparsely decorated but comfortable spot to grab a casual bite solo or with a plus-one. It’s open daily starting at 7 a.m. for breakfast until 9 p.m. for dinner.

This cool spot covered in carrara marble and soft gray tones from natural elements feels almost spa-like (the fact that there are no high chairs and no children’s menus adds to the adults-only vibe). Lebanese dishes like falafel, comforting sayadeya made with warming spices and fish, mujadara, and olive oil cake are all on offer.

Istanbul Restaurant

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For more than 20 years, this restaurant has been serving Turkish food in the Woodbine neighborhood. Owner Memet Arslan had a cafe in Turkey before he moved to the United States, and the menu combines traditional dishes like hummus as well as Arslan’s Turkish twists on American classics. After a long day of fasting, an Istanbul cheeseburger (topped with gyro) could hit the spot.

Lamb shank and fluffy yellow rice.
Lamb shank is served next to fluffy rice.
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OSH Restaurant & Grill

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This Uzbeki full-service restaurant is named for osh, a rice pilaf typically cooked over an open flame in Uzbekistan by men in the community. The menu includes this dish combined with braised lamb and served with housemade yogurt. Fried meat dumplings, kabobs, yogurt drinks, and fruit drinks make for a special menu.

House of Kabob

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This long-running Persian restaurant keeps a huge menu of kabobs served next to perfect long grain rice. Try lamb shank, Cornish hen, koobideh, chicken soltani, among traditional beef and chicken kabobs.

Cornish hen, rice, vegetables at House of Kabob.
Cornish hen is served with rice and grilled vegetables.
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Edessa Restaurant Kurdish Turkish Cuisine

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This Kurdish and Turkish spot plates Anatolian flatbread, su boregi, kabobs, lavash stuffed with lamb and beef, and bright beet hummus. Beautifully plated dishes make it obvious why this is one of the top spots for Kurdish and Turkish food on Nolensville Pike.

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Next door to Azadi Market is Newroz, a Middle Eastern market that also bakes fresh bread and serves shawarma, among other favorites.

flatbreads at Newroz in Nashville.
Newroz bakes fresh faltbreads.
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Azadi International Food Market & Bakery

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Azadi market bakes fresh pita, Lebanese flatbread, naan, and other flatbreads, and makes fresh labneh in-house. It’s also established a following for its condiments, particularly the olives and feta, which can be had in bulk. Chicken shawarma and other Turkish specialties are available at the counter and served on disposable plates.

Al Rasoul Market

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This cafeteria-style Iraqi restaurant keeps a short list of items, like kebabs, rice, and lentil soup. The portions are generous and inexpensive.

Sulav / Nashville International Food Market & Bakery

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This tiny grocery and counter-service spot serves stand-out shawarma, kabobs, and more on the Nolensville Pike. A working tandoor showcases the market’s fresh flatbreads as they are fired, and there are rows and rows of specialty items like Turkish candies, fresh lamb, and reasonably priced groceries.

Fattoush Cafe

This Greek restaurant, with a recent appearance on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives under its belt, serves bright and fresh vegetables, spanakopita, and more. It closes by 8 p.m. most days of the week.

pita and kebab at Fattoush.
Fattoush Cafer serves standout Greek food in Nashville.
Fattoush Cafe/Facebook

Inchin's Bamboo Garden

This serene, wood-clad Indo-Chinese restaurant with locations across the U.S. trots from saag paneer to kung pao chicken at its Nashville location. The generous menu has a number of stellar rice dishes, like the burnt garlic chili fried rice, as well as a formidible list of vegetarian options like kung pao potatoes and cauliflower Manchurian.

Noodles from Inchin Bamboo Garden.
Inchin’s Bamboo Garden serves Indo-Chinese cuisine.
Inchin/Facebook

Anatolia Turkish Restaurant

Belle Meade’s cozy Turkish restaurant serves standout dishes in a gently lit dining room with walls covered in colorful Turkish textiles and tables draped in white tablecloths. Baked Turkish ravioli, spinach-stuffed chicken, and lamb stew all star on the menu.

Sauteed lamb at Anatolia
Sauteed lamb (pictured here), lamb stew, and other lamb dishes are served at Anatolia.
Antatolia/Facebook

Ramadan Restaurant

Ramadan’s menu of Somali dishes includes a selection of goat dishes, plus liver, chicken, fish, and beef served alongside treats like East African chapati flatbread. The cafe itself is a sparsely decorated but comfortable spot to grab a casual bite solo or with a plus-one. It’s open daily starting at 7 a.m. for breakfast until 9 p.m. for dinner.

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This cool spot covered in carrara marble and soft gray tones from natural elements feels almost spa-like (the fact that there are no high chairs and no children’s menus adds to the adults-only vibe). Lebanese dishes like falafel, comforting sayadeya made with warming spices and fish, mujadara, and olive oil cake are all on offer.

Istanbul Restaurant

For more than 20 years, this restaurant has been serving Turkish food in the Woodbine neighborhood. Owner Memet Arslan had a cafe in Turkey before he moved to the United States, and the menu combines traditional dishes like hummus as well as Arslan’s Turkish twists on American classics. After a long day of fasting, an Istanbul cheeseburger (topped with gyro) could hit the spot.

Lamb shank and fluffy yellow rice.
Lamb shank is served next to fluffy rice.
Istanbul/Facebook

OSH Restaurant & Grill

This Uzbeki full-service restaurant is named for osh, a rice pilaf typically cooked over an open flame in Uzbekistan by men in the community. The menu includes this dish combined with braised lamb and served with housemade yogurt. Fried meat dumplings, kabobs, yogurt drinks, and fruit drinks make for a special menu.

House of Kabob

This long-running Persian restaurant keeps a huge menu of kabobs served next to perfect long grain rice. Try lamb shank, Cornish hen, koobideh, chicken soltani, among traditional beef and chicken kabobs.

Cornish hen, rice, vegetables at House of Kabob.
Cornish hen is served with rice and grilled vegetables.
House of Kabob/Facebook

Edessa Restaurant Kurdish Turkish Cuisine

This Kurdish and Turkish spot plates Anatolian flatbread, su boregi, kabobs, lavash stuffed with lamb and beef, and bright beet hummus. Beautifully plated dishes make it obvious why this is one of the top spots for Kurdish and Turkish food on Nolensville Pike.

Newroz Marketسوبر ماركت

Next door to Azadi Market is Newroz, a Middle Eastern market that also bakes fresh bread and serves shawarma, among other favorites.

flatbreads at Newroz in Nashville.
Newroz bakes fresh faltbreads.
Newroz/Facebook

Azadi International Food Market & Bakery

Azadi market bakes fresh pita, Lebanese flatbread, naan, and other flatbreads, and makes fresh labneh in-house. It’s also established a following for its condiments, particularly the olives and feta, which can be had in bulk. Chicken shawarma and other Turkish specialties are available at the counter and served on disposable plates.

Al Rasoul Market

This cafeteria-style Iraqi restaurant keeps a short list of items, like kebabs, rice, and lentil soup. The portions are generous and inexpensive.

Sulav / Nashville International Food Market & Bakery

This tiny grocery and counter-service spot serves stand-out shawarma, kabobs, and more on the Nolensville Pike. A working tandoor showcases the market’s fresh flatbreads as they are fired, and there are rows and rows of specialty items like Turkish candies, fresh lamb, and reasonably priced groceries.

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