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Review: Al’s Steakhouse and Salad Bar

Carnivorous cravings are welcome at this new Preston Royal restaurant.

This small, ambitious restaurant in the southwest quadrant of Preston Royal Shopping Center fills an important dining niche in this tony neighborhood: steak. Now that Popolo’s has closed, Al’s is the top spot to go for a quality steak. The menu boasts, “We proudly serve the best from Allen Brothers Meat Company-Chicago”—the same superior meat used by pricier steak joints in town. At Al’s, an 8-ounce filet is $32.95, and that includes a trip to the salad bar. But wait, this isn’t your garden variety salad bar. Al’s version is a small selection of composed salads such as orzo mixed with olives, capers, and celery and a Greek version with hefty slices of tomato combined with chunks of feta in a lemony vinaigrette. Our steak also arrived cooked as ordered, medium rare plus, with a 2-inch square of Lyonnaise potatoes. A huge slab of pan-seared halibut ($26.95) covered with a champagne sauce and crab was served with a side of potato ravioli. The only other item we had to pay for was a Grand Marnier souffle. And a couple of glasses of wine from a ho-hum wine list. A lovely night out for two under $80? That will make a lot of friends in this neighborhood.

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