Friday, May 23, 2014

Big Al's Diner + Beer Festival Winner

Happy Friday! I've earned this one, folks. I'm ready for the long weekend, and I have some relaxing to do. Let's end this week on a happy note and announce the winner of the two General Admission passes to the World Beer Festival Cleveland on June 14th.

Congratulations to comment #9 - Brooke Emmel. Email me by Tuesday to claim your prize. Thank you to everyone that entered the giveaway. If you still want to attend, you can purchase tickets here.

Now, the weekend for us often means a nice breakfast or brunch out. It's one of my favorite treats of the weekend, and we love checking out new places. A couple of Saturdays ago, we found ourselves on the east side. Big Al's Diner popped into my head.
Celebrity chef Michael Symon swears by their corned beef hash, and I've heard that the line can be out the door on the weekends. That was enough to peak my interest.

We were lucky enough to only have about a ten minute wait around 11am on Saturday. So, I people-watched.
It was certainly bustling, and even busier by the time we left.

It didn't take too long for us to order. "R" zeroed in immediately on the famous Corned Beef Hash ($8.75). Dining Deals Alert!
The hash was made with potatoes and green peppers, and it was served with eggs and toast. I stole one bite, and it was darn good. Lucky's Cafe will always reign supreme, in my opinion, but this earned itself the second place spot and top spot for diner corned beef hash.

I went for the Veggie Benny ($8.25).
It comes with two eggs (any style) over mushrooms, onions, and green peppers on an oversized English muffin with Hollandaise sauce. I opted for over-medium, and asked for the "Holly" sauce on the side (not pictured). Overall, this was only okay. The sauce was clumpy with dry patches that suggested the sauce was made from a powder mix. The eggs were cooked perfectly, but I wished that there were more veggies since this was the "Veggie" Benny. The potatoes were very good, but I didn't eat very many. It was a big plate of food.

So, it was certainly fun to check it out, and I can see why they are known for their corned beef hash. It's just a great classic neighborhood joint on Larchmere Boulevard. Would I venture back to the east side for it? Probably not.

Big Al's Diner
12600 Larchmere Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44120


Angel said...

I love this place. It's always full, and sometimes you have to share a table with strangers, but it's all good. I think their pancakes are awesome, and so are their omelets. There rest is good, but not as amazing.