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Al's Cafe & Creamery

43 Du Page Ct, Elgin, IL 60120-6421
847-742-1180
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Ranked #2 of 175 restaurants in Elgin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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59 reviews 59 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

My wife and I decided to go to Al's Cafe on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. They have a beautiful outdoor dining area, that was packed with customers. Unfortunately their outdoor seats do not work for those of us that are of a larger size, so we opted for the inside dining instead. They were busy inside as well but still... More

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Elgin Illinois 60120
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I live in Elgin and this little place is a delight. Great food, good wine, nice wait staff, pretty atmosphere. Try the chefs homemade chocolate truffles when available, this is a nice surprise!!

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Elgin, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We eat here about once a month. Great location, great building, nice owners. I love their salads, which are generous, reasonably priced and all the dressings are delicious and homemade. The Southwest Chicken Salad is a favorite. My kids always get the Manhattan Tuna and don't even look at the menu any more. It is grilled open faced with melted... More

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39 reviews 39 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

We had a family get together at Al's, which I'd heard about from family members; mostly about the milkshakes. They were thick and generous in a metal container, but not the best I'd ever had; a bit too smooth, maybe used soft cream instead of scooped? However, a matter of taste. Given that my introduction to Al's was through milkshakes,... More

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Greenville, South Carolina
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

I am usually skeptical when a small restaurant off the beaten track is so highly reviewed, so I had to check it out. Especially since the name was so unassuming. Having a greasy lunch, I was looking for a decent steak salad. So I took a chance on this one. Boy was I pleasantly surprised. Easily the best steak salad... More

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Atlanta
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

A very special place. Absolutely wonderful chocolate malt. Don't miss! Beautiful ice cream bar. Friendly staff.

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Washington, DC
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Excellent food prepared by and under the direction of the chef/owner. Limited selection appetizers and dessert. Very friendly and competent staff. Intimate upstairs room with local character but closed weekday nights. Dining outside on blocked streets possible during mild weather.

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Elgin, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

When you first step foot into "Al's", you feel the tradition and the history of the building and the community of Elgin. Then you receive your order and you appreciate the great flavors. I go to Al's with my husband for quiet dinners, and with a group of ten for wonderful food and wide-ranging conversation. Al's is perfect for both!... More

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Elgin, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Al's is a great place to go. Not only for the peaceful setting but good food too. They are famous for their milkshakes and malts. The building is a part of Elgin's history.

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Dundee
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This restaurant has a nice variety between casual and full service dining. You can pop in for a sandwich and drink and sit on the patio in nice weather. You can sit upstairs with your family for dinner and feel like you are in the comforts of your home dining room. There is something to please everyone on the menu... More

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