Al's Breakfast

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Best of Breakfast at Al's
This James Beard America’s Classics winner hangs its medal modestly behind the bar with just about everything else: currency and postcards from around the world, cups, hot sauce, a pile of plastic dinosaurs, and yellow booklet records of regulars who pre-paid for their breakfasts (a tradition stemming from railroad workers who would deposit a portion of their monthly paychecks to guarantee getting fed even when their funds started to run low). Only 14 stools fit counter-side in this 10-foot-wide diner, the narrowest in the city. Those waiting for a seat will hover jealously behind those being served breakfast favorites like buttermilk blueberry pancakes, jelly omelets, the Jose (poached egg, salsa, and hash browns), corned beef hash, and bacon waffles.
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