DINING DIARY SF | AL'S PLACE / by Brackett Bilodeau

Image courtesy of Bon Appétit

Image courtesy of Bon Appétit

Much like a picture says a thousand words, so does a Michelin star. After many a shining accolade, AL’s Place was crowned by Bon Appétit in 2015 as its number one best restaurant in the United States and has since taken the San Francisco dining scene by storm with its vegetable and seafood-forward fare. But through its rise to gastronomic fame, AL’s Place has maintained its down-to-earth neighborhood feel thanks to chef and proprietor Aaron London, whose personality both in and out of the kitchen mirrors the restaurant’s philosophy and approachability. Just last month, AL’s Place unveiled its 18-seat patio for added dining space -- a window of opportunity for those with an aversion to the previous crowd -- which is now featuring dinner service Wednesday through Thursday. Don’t miss out on London’s “snackles” to whet the palate, followed by selects from the cold/cool and warm/hot options (think chilled blistered and smoked brassicas and grits with goat’s milk curds and 8-hour favas) plus a rotating roster of “limited availability” dishes whose current highlights include “fish head under a brick” and a Five Dot Ranch 35-day aged ribeye. Contact your Attaché for reservations and more menu picks.

1499 VALENCIA STREET, SAN FRANCISCO