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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

AL's Place Wins Bon Appétit's Restaurant of the Year

Posted By on Tue, Aug 18, 2015 at 7:15 AM

click to enlarge Pork jowl at AL's Place. - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • Pork jowl at AL's Place.

After releasing its 50 Best New Restaurants earlier this month, Bon Appétit has officially crowned Aaron London's AL's Place the winner, nationwide. Rintaro, the izakaya that like AL's is also in the Mission, took eighth place overall. (Aatxe, Lazy Bear, Liholiho Yacht Club, and The Progress, all part of the top 50, didn't make the final cut.)

California did very well: Gjusta, a Venice, Calif. eatery which Bon Appétit calls a "juice bar-bakery-deli-pizzeria-coffee shop-smokehouse," took second. But editors Andrew Knowlton and Julia Kramer gave a nod to London's "obsessive, fanatical, and wildly creative world," and awarded his restaurant the top slot. Congratulations!

AL's Place just so happened to be the first restaurant I reviewed for this publication. Does that give me feels? No. It is only a coincidence, signifying nothing.

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Peter Lawrence Kane

Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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