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Al Biernat’s Turns 21 With a Prohibition-Era Party

Call it a joint b-day party.
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Photo by Gustav Schmiege

It’s a kind of cute and gimmicky idea, but full of fun: Al Biernat’s is celebrating its 21st anniversary in business by throwing a joint birthday bash, so to speak, with NYC’s 21 Club—you know, the former Prohibition-era speakeasy with horse jockey statues on the steps and one of John McEnroe’s tennis rackets affixed to a ceiling, dirty martinis and Hemingway stories in its sideboards.

Those who like the idea of getting a tiny glimpse of Manhattan by dining at Al’s Oak Lawn location will have the month of July to spring for a high-rolling, celebratory prix-fixe menu at $95 for a Caesar, crab cakes, a burger, and pistachio New York-style cheesecake. Very Dallas.

“We wanted to do something special to celebrate these past 21 years,” Al Biernat’s director of Operations Brad Fuller writes in a press release. “A lot of our regular patrons also frequent the ‘21’ Club.”

It’s a sort of menu-swap: Al’s coconut cream pie is making its way to Manhattan, while over on Oak Lawn, we’re tucking into velvety cheesecake. I appreciate that they sent their chef to bone up on the execution of the dishes in situ. If only they’d put a few horse jockeys in the bushes.

Reservations can be had at the restaurant website or by phone.

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