I've been hearing about Al's famous sandwiches for a while now, but today was the first I've stopped by to try one. The first thing I noticed was that practically all the clientele were, shall we say, a bit on the hefty side. When the food came, I had to acknowledge that if I were a regular customer, I'd be quite a bit heftier too. The "medium" sandwich is HUGE. The mushroom steak I had was very tasty, with an abundance of meat and other fillings like I haven't seen in a sandwich in a long time. For my arteries' sake, however, I don't think it's an item I want to include on my menu on a regular basis.
The store itself is small and old. A lot could be done to improve the space, but since they had people standing in line waiting, maybe they think they don't need to. Because of the arrangement, however, the people who are waiting are forced to mingle among the tables where people are eating, and the quarters got pretty cramped.
The food was slow in coming. The owner himself mans the counter, takes orders, and serves, which they say he's been doing for 40+ years. It certainly is a bit of local color and character. Signed pictures on the walls of the various celebrities who have eaten there add to the atmosphere.
I'm not sorry I went, and I certainly enjoyed the food, but both for my health's sake and to avoid the claustrophobic feeling I got by the arrangement today, I likely will save it as a once-in-a-while place instead of a regular haunt, even though I'm just a few blocks' walk away.
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