Al’s Deli in the Trib

Tribune Magazine columnist Rick Kogan profiles the deli and makes me hungry. It still stands as the place sandwich place I’ve ever enjoyed and as one of my all-time favorite restaurants regardless of style. Kogan expresses similar esteem.

“Al’s has been a popular and relatively secret spot since it was opened in 1949 by Al Pottinger. He had been a cook in the Navy during World War II and later worked for a time at a Jewel store before setting out on his own, launching Al’s as a grocery store that sold sandwiches. Over the years the place has evolved into one of the best restaurants we’ve ever visited.”

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