There's been a lot of buzz about this fiancé/fiancée (not quite a mom and pop yet) sandwich shop for the last nine months, and it's always hopping when I walk past. Alas, I low-carb it most of the time, so I don't have many sandwiches. The other day, though, a fellow dropped off a menu at my downtown office and told me that Al's is instituting a one-dollar delivery service for downtown - well, after all the good things I've been hearing, I had to give it a try.
Calling just before the noon hour, a very pleasant lady took my order, warned me about the delivery fee, and told me it would be about twenty minutes.
Twenty minutes on the dot later, a smiling young fellow knocked on my door and handed me my lunch: a french dip roast beef (home roasted) sandwich ($7.50, with dill pickle, au jus, side of chips or slaw - I upgraded - and cookie) and the upgraded ($1 extra) side, an order of homemade chicken/broccoli/cheese soup (came with crackers).
The soup was thick and delicious: nicely cheesy with the broccoli cooked just right (no mush at all but not too crisp so as to require incisors) and soft chunks of chicken breast. The sandwich was made on a perfectly grilled, toasted baguette that was really quite good in and of itself. The meat was flavorful but not too salty, and there was enough of it. The balance of the sandwich really worked - good and chewy, but nicely moist with the jus. The dill pickle was perfectly crunchy and was intelligently wrapped in its own ziplock baggie to keep the pickle juices from sogging out the bread. (The soup and au jus were in individual styrofoam containers; the sandwich came wrapped in butcher paper.) The cookie was not anything to knock a fella over - chocolate chip, didn't seem to have been made today, not really the best I've had. (Meh.)
All things considered, I really like the place - they have hot and cold sandwiches, salads and soup. The food's good and the delivery is on it. I'll be ordering again.
Al’s Big Dipper
411 Central NW
Albuquerque NM 87102