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Al's Cafe & Creamery

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$$ - $$$
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43 Du Page Ct, Elgin, IL 60120-6421
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Elgin, Illinois
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Have gone here since I was a kid. Staff is always friendly and food is always good. Don't pass up the malts.

Thank clv916
Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Al's Cafe is one of those places that you walk into and don't expect much. Their food is awesome and the milkshakes are to die for. I love this place! Will definitely go back.

Thank kimaA1491GH
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63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were returning home after a trip to Chicago & stopped off of the interstate by Elgin Il.for lunch and we were so pleased!!! We were able to be seated outdoors. They had a nice menu and we ended up ordering their Manhattan Tuna served w/kettle chips---It was fantastic!!! It was served on pumpernickel bread w/avocado ,very tasty! The location... More 

1 Thank SaundraPlover
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

Traveling back from Chicago and happened to come across this on Google. Outdoor dining was lovely. Beautiful late summer weather. Wonderful food. Every time plates were delivered to tables we were eyeballing what they got and it all looked fabulous. Ordered the Tuna open face sandwich on pumpernikel bread. To die for! Lots of kettle chips with it. Quaint little... More 

1 Thank Linda L
Belvidere, Illinois
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117 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

It was a nice day so we sat outside which was great. We were a party of three that orders three malts, which were top notch. My only complaint would be slow malt arrival. After we ordered I thought they had to milk the cow for the ice cream.

Thank Laurel F
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

The restaurant and area were very busy the day my friends and I decided to grab a bite for lunch, so my expectations were quite low at the start. However, the service was quick and pleasant; the food was great too. Our server was excellent, accommodating and easy on the eyes for the four women he served that busy day!

Thank vag1104
Elgin, Illinois
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

Al's has always been a favorite for lunch or just to have one of their "Burns" malts.. Taken frome an old recipe from an old Elgin pharmacy. The atmosphere is quaint and the good is of the highest quality. Be sure to try their unique sandwiches.

Thank Juanita213
Elgin, Illinois
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

Been there about 6 times and the service, food and ice is really good. Our 7 year old grandson loves the Ruben sandwich.

Thank John J
Elgin, Illinois
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

Nice historic building, nice ambiance inside. In good weather, they have outside seating with umbrellas. Good food selections. But like the title suggests, a wide variety of shakes and malts, and they'll customize if you'd like. The entries are good, good prices, we keep going back.

Thank chucknotcharles
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52 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Food is consistently good. The salads are fresh, the shakes are amazing. Love to be able to sit outside in the summer.

Thank Linda R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 43 Du Page Ct, Elgin, IL 60120-6421
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Elgin
  • Phone Number: 847-742-1180

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?