This is one of two places locally often compared to the Halal Guys in Manhattan. I’ve been to the other, Jones Fried Chicken on Fondren but never to the place in Manhattan. With the first of several Halal Guys franchise locations due to open before the end of the year, I wanted to get around to trying this one out.
Despite their names, both these places are famous for their lamb or chicken over rice with white sauce. I got lamb as I had at Jones.
I was asked if I wanted the sauce on the side and that’s the way I got it since I had about a 15 minute drive home. I wasn’t asked if I wanted red or white sauce so I got some of both, 2 white, 1 red. That’s only one container of the white sauce so it won’t be enough for the whole dish and I’ll get to try the red. It’s a very generous amount of lamb on top of a pile of basmati.
I found the lamb a little dried out and the white sauce thinner and tarter than I remember at Jones.
I found out about Gyro King from Zain Muhammed, the Halal Reviewer; I had been going to Jones for several years, just for the fried chicken, before I heard their dish was being compared to the Halal Guys. Zain prefers this cart, partly because it’s closer to UH, where he’s a student. I’ll go for Jones as the better of the two based on my experiences, but I’ll give this one another try as well as the franchise locations when they open up.
FWIW, people who claim to have visited the Manhattan original all say the Houston places aren’t as good.