AL's Place

Okay, it wasn’t a real curse, but it did seem like restaurants opening at the corner of 26th and Valencia never lasted very long. There were burgers, flamenco and others. Al’s Place at 1499 Valencia St. has not only stuck but Bon Appétite has named it the best new restaurant in the country.  Congrats to everyone over there.  Here’s just a small bit of the Bon Appetite review.

It wasn’t just those fries that left me scratching my head and scribbling notes like “Genius!” and “Bonkers!” on my first visit. It was also the dish of baby lettuces served on crushed avocado, the fregola in a pickled pea broth, the green pea curry with black-lime cod and pickled strawberry, and the clear melon gazpacho. What deal with the culinary devil had chef Aaron London made in exchange for being able to produce such off-the-charts, flavor-rich creations? How was it coming from just three cooks working in a kitchen the size of a walk-in closet?  READ MORE

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