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Al's Place

13936 Main St., Locke, CA - (916) 776-1800
Al's is a tremendously colorful steak house in the old Chinese town of Locke. The bar's ceiling is plastered with dollar bills, the meat is great, and every table is outfitted with peanut butter and marmalade!
85% Approval Rating (14 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
peanut butter
steak
hamburger
Chicken and Mushrooms
Minestrone Soup
Salad

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (3)
Roadfood.com Editor
" Al’s Place, known to legions of fans by its proper, albeit politically incorrect name, Al the Wop, is a fabulous destination for travelers in search of culinary color. It is located on the main street of Locke, a forgotten little town in the Sacramento Delta, ..."   [Read More]
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Samuel Shor - Photos (2)
September 05, 2009
"The address is a bit iffy: I think the town is actually Locke but either way, if you blink you’ll drive right by. This is probably the smallest town I’ve ever been to; apparently there are “between 80–90 people” who live in Locke. Al’s is located just off the main ..."   [Read More]
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March 30, 2011
"I haven't been in Al's since the mid 80s. I'll make the trip from Portland, Oregon soon. My softail will love to get me there. From the pics I see they have changed things some, so I better go check 'em out again. They have added to the menu as well. Can't ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

13936 Main St., Locke, CA
(916) 776-1800

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:No
The chicken and mushrooms comes in a garlic and white wine sauce.
"The chicken and mushrooms comes in a garlic and white wine sauce."
Cliff Strutz





If you want to eat lighter, a bowl of hardy minestrone, sided by a slices of garlic bread, is the way to go.
"If you want to eat lighter, a bowl of hardy minestrone, sided by a slices of garlic bread, is the way to go."
Cliff Strutz


If you order an entrée, you get one of Al's excellent salad, with particularly green leafy lettuce, plus carrot, kidney and garbanzo beans.
"If you order an entrée, you get one of Al's excellent salad, with particularly green leafy lettuce, plus carrot, kidney and garbanzo beans."
Cliff Strutz


The peanut butter used to be homemade, but they now keep Jif on the table.  But, don't ignore the excellent homemade pineapple-apricot preserves on the table.
"The peanut butter used to be homemade, but they now keep Jif on the table. But, don't ignore the excellent homemade pineapple-apricot preserves on the table."
Cliff Strutz


I had a cheeseburger and I’ll say it was excellent.  It was cooked perfectly with the right amount of all toppings and condiments.  The “bun,” more like buttered toast from the griddle, was wonderful.  The fries were fantastic, too.
"I had a cheeseburger and I’ll say it was excellent. It was cooked perfectly with the right amount of all toppings and condiments. The “bun,” more like buttered toast from the griddle, was wonderful. The fries were fantastic, too."
Samuel Shor


A view of the bar, which is usually full, but was empty on the day of our visit.  Note the dollar bills hanging from the ceiling.
"A view of the bar, which is usually full, but was empty on the day of our visit. Note the dollar bills hanging from the ceiling."
Cliff Strutz


In the back room of Al's you sit on benches at the dining tables.
"In the back room of Al's you sit on benches at the dining tables."
Michael Stern


The tables are well worn.
"The tables are well worn."
Cliff Strutz


The restaurant name, written on the window, makes it difficult for journalists even to write about this place.
"The restaurant name, written on the window, makes it difficult for journalists even to write about this place."
Michael Stern


Locke is a magical old place, its architecture unchanged for nearly a century. There has been a restaurant on this spot since the town was built in 1915. Al's dates back to 1934.
"Locke is a magical old place, its architecture unchanged for nearly a century. There has been a restaurant on this spot since the town was built in 1915. Al's dates back to 1934. "
Michael Stern


All the tables at Al's are picnic style.
"All the tables at Al's are picnic style."
Cliff Strutz


A visit in 2013 showed Al's looking spiffier than ever!
"A visit in 2013 showed Al's looking spiffier than ever!"
Cliff Strutz



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