We’ve heard of Al Brown. We’ve heard of the Federal Deli. But Al’s Deli is a different, brand new neighbour in Kingsland, and we’ve been dying to visit since hearing of their flagship store on Queen Street. They serve up Montreal-fare like no other — poutine fries, hickory ribs and moose ears. Cue heavy breathing. Fitted out like your nineties Burger King (sorry, we meant American diner), we sauntered across the black and white tiles and neon signs to our reserved vinyl seated table at the back. Spoilt for choice we were, oscillating between the blackboard specials on the wall and our plastic menus. Brisket hash, or red velvet pancakes…. or buffalo wings? Our waitress was amiable and very patient with our indecision. For those who’re up for something fun, try their spiked hardshakes - Lou swears by their Peanut Butter Cup with vanilla vodka and salted caramel. Some of us tried their special smores shake, complete with torched marshmellows and boozy-chocolatey goodness. We’re sober for work, we promise.
Innie had the chicken sandwich. She said "I should’ve gone with less meat, more vege, BUT I will be back for the red velvet pancake for brunch!"
Katie had the plateau bagel burger with crispy free-range chicken, aioli, rocket & tomato and drank a s’mores shake with chocolate icecream, vanilla vodka, baileys, topped with cream & toasted marshmellows. She said "staggered by the choices, gonna come back just for the hardshakes!"
Mel had the had the Al’s burger as a salad bowl (so without the buns) with extra quinoa, seeds & sprouts. She said "I was glad I had the burger salad bowl as the other dishes looked very heavy, even with the salad the portions were just too big for me. Flavours were okay. Not really my type of food, given that I'm trying real hard to go 'healthy', there seemed to be lashings of gravy, mayo and bbq sauce on most things, but hey, maybe this is the Canadian way! I did try some of Katie's s'mores shake with vanilla vodka, and that was dangerously good! The place was also very noisy, not quite the relaxing vibe for a Friday afternoon I was gunning for."
Joe had the holy tabarnak burger and a berry smoothie. He said "So much meat. Oh man..."
Emilie had the main sandwich with cured beef and mustard sauce and drank a nutella irish cream. She said "Was great to experience Canadian cuisine. Wish I had some background knowledge about the food. Hehe. I’ll try their burger next time!"