Al’s Corner Restaurant

Cafeteria | Hungarian
Worth driving from anywhere!

Al’s Corner Restaurant doesn’t look too intriguing from the outside, but the moment you walk in, you know you have hit Roadfood paydirt.

The immaculate storefront luncheonette, open only for weekday lunch, is a treasure-trove of blue-plate Hungarian meals at blue-collar prices. Service is cafeteria style. Place your order at the counter, where it is plated and ready to carry to a table or a seat at the long U-shaped counter in the center of the room.

Lunch specials, well under $10 each, include the likes of chicken paprikash with dumplings, pierogies, cabbage and dumplings, and Al’s sausages. The sausages are made down the street at Al’s Quality Market, and they are stupendously delicious: taut, muscular and oozing savory juices. Jane, whose father was an Hungarian epicure and taught her well, declared the paprikash to be one of the best she’s ever eaten: creamy with a real paprika punch, the chicken falling-off-its-bone tender. The only problem we had was deciding which starch to eat more of: the dumplings are buttery and satisfying; the mashed potatoes are … buttery and satisfying, too! Perhaps best of all is halushka: a buttery mix of dumplings and cabbage.

Note that Al’s is open only for lunch, Monday through Friday.

What to Eat
Al’s Corner Restaurant, Chicken Paprikash
Chicken Paprikash
Paprikash is a brilliant balancing act of spice and cream cosseting painfully tender hunks of chicken.
Al’s Corner Restaurant, Sampler Plate
Sampler Plate
Clockwise from 9 o'clock: stuffed cabbage, dumplings & cabbage, sausage & sauerkraut, pierogie. Center: chicken paprikash.
Al’s Corner Restaurant, Dumplings
On the left, mashed potatoes; on the right, halushka: carboheaven.
Al’s Corner Restaurant, Strudel
Cherry strudel, still warm from the oven.
Al’s Corner Restaurant, Soup
Creamy ham and corn chowder.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Tuesday9am - 5:30pm
Wednesday9am - 5:30pm
Thursday9am - 5:30pm
Friday9am - 5:30pm
Saturday9am - 3pm
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Open Year Round
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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