I hadn't dined here in several years, so I thought I'd take the wife here for our 37th Wedding Anniversary. I must warn you, when you pull up outside, you may be taken aback by the exterior of the building, as well as it's proximity to the Railroad Tracks (50 ft away). Don't be alarmed, when you're in the same location for 87 years, things around you tend to change. I recommend the valet parking, as the area appears to be somewhat blighted, and rundown. Actually, the closest building is quite a distance from Al's. When we stepped inside and announced our arrival, we were taken directly to our table. Within a minute or so, we were provided a glass of water, and our waiter gave us his name (which I wish I had written down), and asked us if we'd like a drink. We ordered appetizers, and decide to share 2 different appetizers. The first was the crab meat stuffed mushrooms. The 2nd was a combination of butterfly shrimp, batter dipped, Beef Tenderloin tip, and Toasted Ravioli. Each of these were superb, the toasted ravioli was covered in a tomato/meat sauce that was heavenly. The Beef Tenderloin tip was drenched in the best barbecue sauce i have ever tasted. The shrimp had a crunch to it that was so good, i've never experienced anything quite like it. We ordered Filets from the large selection of various entrees offered. My wife got the 8 ounce, butterflied, and stuffed with Mozzarella and Prosciutto, then breaded, and pan fried. I got the filet, traditionally prepared, and served rare. Oh, it was the best 12 ounces of beef i've ever had, cooked to perfection. To top the whole thing off, our waiter brought us a large slice of the best chocolate cake i've ever had. We were so full, we could only finish half of it. We asked our waiter to package the rest, and the next day, when my wife opened the container, there was our half slice, and another piece of cake as well. Wow, you don't find places like this around anymore. It's definitely a one of a kind place, and we'll be back to enjoy another meal long before our next anniversary.
Kudos to our waiter, I wish I had remembered his name, he made the whole experience unforgettable.
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