Breakfast at Midnight

My journey through the new late-night menu at Al’s Breakfast

Illustrator: Jade Mulcahy

I’ve been to Al’s for a quick, made-to-order breakfast more times than I can count. The food has always been magnificent, as is the experience of bellying up to one of only 14 stools in a diner as wide as an average hallway. When I heard that Al’s would start serving a new menu from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, I knew I had to try their new options right away.

The first thing you should know about Al’s evening service is that you can’t actually go inside to eat—think of it as a food truck without wheels. To offset the lack of seating, Al’s made some menu items portable by wrapping meals into a burrito—an “Al’s-Urrito,” as they affectionately call them. They’ve also added hot dogs to the menu, sticking with the ultra-portable theme. And while they’re not as easy to carry around, Al’s still serves their crowd-pleasing pancakes and waffles as well.

I started my late-night Al’s feast with “The Gopher,” an all-beef hot dog topped with bacon, fried onions, and cheese sauce. The flavors mingle perfectly; the sweet onions complement the salty bacon, while the cheese blankets the entire dog with creamy goodness. As if that wasn’t enough, I also ordered the “José Al’s-Urrito,” a Chipotle-sized burrito packed full of scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, hash browns, and salsa. This was easily my favorite item of the night; the crispy hash browns combine with the copious amounts of cheese and salsa to produce a flavor explosion. I was so stuffed after the burrito that I was ready to tap out and go home, but my desire to provide a more comprehensive review pushed me forward to the last course. My gluttonous meal was finished perfectly with Al’s version of dessert. A delicious waffle, to be precise, generously covered with maple syrup, chocolate sauce, strawberries, bananas, and whipped cream. The food was absolutely delectable, and I highly recommend Al’s new late-night menu to everyone. I’ll be going back as soon as possible, but next time I’m wearing sweatpants.