A French deli with European sweets, soups and to-die-for cookies
I don’t know whether to tell you to be more excited about the cookies or the sandwiches, but either way, it’s a good indication of the quality and flavor at Al’s. The owners aren’t French, but they love the culture and do their best to reproduce it in the deli. And it’s a job well done.
Sandwich options are written on a chalkboard near the door, and trays of cookies sit in the store window so passers-by know exactly what’s fresh that day. Potato salads, cole slaws, macaroni salads and other Midwestern favorites sit in a display case near bags of baguettes.
I recommend the Roast Beef with homemade bleu cheese dressing on seven-grain bread (or a baguette) with lettuce, tomato and red onion ($7.90). (But anything with the French grainy mustard is to die for.) Lentil soup and Potato and Leek are my favorites, but don’t neglect the homemade chili. While other soups rotate, the chili is served every day, and it’s just as good today as it was yesterday.
As for the famous cookies, you’re going to have to try all the flavors to find out which you will defend to the grave: oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip and the rich and creamy iced butter.
–Tara for TKGO City Guides914 Noyes St., Evanston. (847) 475-9400. Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day but closed Wednesdays. Official site > Google Maps >