Al's Cafe [San Francisco] - La Lengua Chronicles Part 3
Date dined: 3/1/12
I went here for a weekday breakfast with one dining companion. I had simple eggs over easy, with hash browns (re-fried and crispy) and toast (I substituted a biscuit, which was fine but not very special). Everything was fine but not too special. My dining companion had the California Scramble, which I didn't taste, but it looked better than mine – egg whites, avocado, tomato, cheddar and basil, also served w/ hash browns and toast. The scramble was a generous serving, and my dining companion seemed to really enjoy it.
Hot salsa on the table, which we were encouraged to try, was quite nice – it was a brown-ish color, and I couldn't quite distinguish all the spices/flavors, but it was good and tasted homemade. It wasn't particularly spicy.
As we were leaving, a diner at a different table ordered French toast, which looked good. Thick cut, Texas-toast style. Might need to try this if I visit again!
3286 Mission Street
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I confess, I used to eat at Al's now and then when I lived nearby and wasn't in the mood for a Mexican or Salvadorean breakfast. After seeing the lines at some of the Noe places, it was nice to walk in on a weekend and be seated right away for fine (but not special) eggs over easy and hash browns. My son did like the french toast, but then he likes any french toast.
just saw this older post: The Al's you ate at may have been a different Al's (different ownership, anyway), than the old Al's I remember:
Do they still have all of the old posters? I have to admit, the one thing that did seem special about the place was that it had been there forever, and was very old-fashioned. (the sure fire cure for too much Noe hipness, or whatever you would call it). I do remember the salsa, however, so it could be the same cook.