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Hali Boyz brings halal Mexican tacos to Black Rock

The city's newest taqueria brings Mexican flavors to Black Rock from sunny California.

Hali Boyz, 388 Amherst St., starts selling its chicken and beef tacos this afternoon, plus sandwiches, loaded fries and sopes, fried cornmeal discs topped with taco fixings.

But don't expect pork here, because this is a halal shop. Malak Mazeh and his brother Nour, half Mexican, half Lebanese, own and operate the shop. After operating restaurants in the Los Angeles area, they decided Buffalo would be a good place to set up their own restaurant.

Owner Malak Mazeh gets ready to serve the first customers at Hali Boyz. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

The former Lucy Ethiopian, at the corner of Amherst and Grant streets, has been redecorated urban graffiti style and outfitted with two tables and some counter spots to eat.

Tacos are available in steak and braised beef ($1.75), chicken ($1.50), shrimp ($2.25) and vegetarian ($1.50). Those fillings are also available as burritos ($5.99-$7.49) and tortas, Mexican sandwiches ($5.99-$7.50).

A fresh salsa bar awaits customers at Hali Boyz. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

There's a fresh salsa bar where customers can top off their purchases with three kinds of salas, pico de gallo, radishes and lime wedges before they dig in.

The restaurant is on a busy corner, but Malak Mazeh said he has negotiated permission for customers to use the Polish Cadets lot across the street.

Hours: 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Sunday. Closed Friday. Phone: 783-9940.

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