• Inspired. Fresh. Delicious.

  • Crave. Indulge. Delight.

  • Authentically Crafted Entrees

  • Wine, Beer & Spirits

  • Casual. Contemporary.
    Uniquely Al’s.

Welcome to Al’s Cafe!

You would not expect your soup choice to be Brazil de Cacao or Vegetable Creole at the local malt shop, but then again Al’s isn’t your run-of-the-mill eatery. Al’s Café provides its customers with comfort food alongside more innovative dishes that are sure to delight your palate. Thanks to the creative touch of Chef Tony Jamin, each dish is made from scratch, and tastes better than even Mom’s homemade dinners.

About Al’s Cafe

About Al’s Cafe

Step inside Al’s historical Victorian style building and experience the warm and inviting atmosphere that has proudly been part of the Downtown Elgin community for more than three decades. Enjoy globally inspired American cuisine in a family friendly setting.

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Monthly Specials

Monthly Specials

Enjoy Chef Tony’s monthly lunch and dinner specials. Our February specials feature 5 varieties of delicious “Romance Dishes” Casablanca Marocco (Lamb Chops,) Venice Italy (Shrimp Fettuccine), Bora Bora (Tuna), Yanshui China (Roasted Duck), Tasmania Australia (Pork Chop). n    Lunch Specials Menu Dinner Specials Menu

Special Events

Special Events
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You Complete Me
Crab Cake Duet – Pan-seared crab cakes romanced with a curry & basil aioli.   16.95

Hearts Desire
Chicken Satay – Dutch-Indonesian chicken skewers embraced in a marinated citrus lemon, chili paste & served fried with a spicy peanut ginger sauce & a side of curried cucumber.   9.95

Hopelessly Devoted
Garlic Roasted Shrimp – Jumbo shrimp lovingly roasted in fresh garlic, white wine, butter & parsley 10.95

Always & Forever
White Bean Bruschetta – White bean bruschetta topped with shaved Asiago cheese & served with crostini bread.   9.25

Moon Light Serenade
Spinach & Artichoke Dip – A rendezvous of artichoke, cream cheese & spinach dip topped with creamy Bleu cheese & served with fire grilled pita bread.   9.95


Eternal Flame
Steak Romanoff – Black Angus center cut sirloin steak pan-seared cherished with a creamy garlic mushroom & vodka induced red pepper sauce. Served with Al’s homemade mashed potatoes & roasted fresh vegetables.   24.95

True Love
Shrimp Fettuccine – Fettuccini & heaven sent tiger shrimps romanced in a garlic butter & white wine sauce, with mushrooms & spinach & topped with slivered Asiago & goat cheese.   24.95

Forever Yours
Curried Cod –  Cod filet served pan seared with an intimate Pinot Grigio white wine curry cream reduction then topped with a dollop of chutney cranberry compote & homemade mashed potatoes and fresh seasonal vegetables.   21.95

You Had Me at Hello
Yellow Fin Tuna – Yellow fin tuna rubbed with turmeric, garlic, white pepper & cumin, prepared pan-seared with a coconut, curry sauce. Served with herb induced rice fresh seasonal vegetables.  23.95

Forbidden Love
Black Angus Steak & Shrimp – Grilled sirloin steak rubbed with our own special blend of seasoning, topped with a delicate red wine demi-glace & coupled with a yearning of jumbo garlic roasted shrimp. Served with roasted potatoes & fresh seasonal vegetables.   29.95

Cupids Arrow
Stuffed Chicken Breast – Chicken breast stuffed with sundried tomato & Brie, pierced with a citrus tarragon sauce & served with homemade mashed potatoes and fresh roasted vegetables.   22.95

Maple Glazed Duck Breast – Pan seared duck breast brushed with a maple glaze, served medium, entranced with a Cabernet Sauvignon & apricot induced demi-glace & served with homemade mashed potatoes & fresh seasonal vegetables.  24.95

Endless Love
Lamb Chops – Lamb chops marinated in mint, lemon, cumin & sea salt,
pan-seared & sensuously prepared with a red wine Shiraz, spiced honey demi-glace. Served with herb induced rice & fresh seasonal vegetables.   27.95

Valentine’s Desserts

Romeo & Juliet
Vanilla ice cream served in an edible cookie basket, topped with warm peaches in a hot caramel sauce, whip cream & a sprinkling of toasted almonds. Served with a duo of peach schnapps on the side.
– To die for! –    9.50

A rich decadent chocolate mousse made of Belgian chocolate & brandy served in an edible cookie basket & topped with a French vanilla cream sauce. – Meant to be! –   8.50

A Kiss To Build A Dream On
A duo of Belgian chocolate cups filled with vanilla ice cream, a dollop of whip cream topped with fresh raspberries & blueberries. Served with a side of French vanilla cream sauce.
–  A Chocolate Stairway To Heaven!  –  9.95