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Texas Chicken & Burgers Opens On Steinway Street


Nov. 14, 2018 By Meghan Sackman

A chicken and burger joint that serves halal meat opened in Astoria earlier this week.

Texas Chicken and Burgers, which has 32 locations throughout the Northeast and Canada, opened at 24-07 Steinway St. Monday—its fifth restaurant in Queens.

Menu offerings include two-, three- or four-piece chicken biscuit meals with sides of macaroni and cheese; the Texas Cheeseburger seasoned with pepper and salt plus all the fixings; salads and desserts.

The Astoria location, which was previous occupied by Pizza Ghetti, has about 40 seats and the restaurant does not serve alcohol at this location or any other.

The restaurant serves halal meat and says its meat comes from hormone-free, grain-fed animals.

Muhammad Barak, who manages the Astoria location, said that many Muslims in the neighborhood are attracted to the eatery’s halal meat.

“We have a lot of Muslims around here and these people search for halal options,” Barak said. “We have a lot of options to put on their plates.”

The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday plus Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m.

Astoria Location (Source: Texas Chicken and Burgers)

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Wait, what about all the hookah lounges on the same street. Why do they serve alcohol?I remember those places used to be nice when I moved to Astoria back in ’02.


Not all hookah places are run by Muslims. The Middle East has a sizable Christian population and they enjoy their traditional hookah (or, correctly, sheeshah!) as much as their Muslim neighbors. Astoria is no different.


TBH I like these halal joints! The meat is from better quality animals that must meet the biblical kosher requirements. I haven’t tried this place but the beef bacon used at nearby Chubby Burgers trumps pork bacon IMHO. Yum!!


Nice to see a restaurant opening that will be catering to actual residents of Astoria. That population is growing each year and will continue to.


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