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.”