Yes, Al’s Place sounds like a diner. But “Al” is Aaron London, who last cooked at Ubuntu, Napa’s erstwhile temple to vegetables, so the cooking is anything but short order. His mind-set remains veggie-centric, with a few of the meant-to-be-shared mains involving seafood. (The cured trout with potato chunks and green-fig mousse is a winner, especially for lox lovers.) Meat is relegated to the side dishes, and the hanger steak with sherry butter does complement an entrée of goat’s-milk curds and fennel over grits. Which is about as close to down-home as this food gets.

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San Francisco, California
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Yes, Al’s Place sounds like a diner. But “Al” is Aaron London, who last cooked at Ubuntu, Napa’s erstwhile temple to vegetables, so the cooking is anything but short order. His mind-set remains veggie-centric, with a few of the meant-to-be-shared mains involving seafood. (The cured trout with potato chunks and green-fig mousse is a winner, especially for lox lovers.) Meat is relegated to the side dishes, and the hanger steak with sherry butter does complement an entrée of goat’s-milk curds and fennel over grits. Which is about as close to down-home as this food gets.

Last Reviewed
197 2015

Address

1499 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA

Contact

415/416-6136

Al's Place

San Francisco, California
$$

Yes, Al’s Place sounds like a diner. But “Al” is Aaron London, who last cooked at Ubuntu, Napa’s erstwhile temple to vegetables, so the cooking is anything but short order. His mind-set remains veggie-centric, with a few of the meant-to-be-shared mains involving seafood. (The cured trout with potato chunks and green-fig mousse is a winner, especially for lox lovers.) Meat is relegated to the side dishes, and the hanger steak with sherry butter does complement an entrée of goat’s-milk curds and fennel over grits. Which is about as close to down-home as this food gets.

Last Reviewed
July 2015

Address

1499 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA

Contact

415/416-6136