Some details have emerged about Aaron London’s (AL’s Place) latest project that is opening mid-July, AL’S DELI. As previously mentioned, it’s opening in the former Izakaya Yuzuki space on Guererro. With this fast-casual concept, he’s going to pull influences from Israeli street food and East Coast Jewish delis, with his own creative, technique-driven spin.
The menu has five sections, including sandwiches that will highlight rotisserie meats, like a spiced chicken shawarma sandwich, along with options like blistered cauliflower and eggplant, and a smoky brisket that pays homage to Schwartz’s Deli in Montreal (a favorite of London, and his team has been perfecting their technique for some time); “Crispy Crunchy Things” will feature items like a potato “Hot Pocket” filled with smoked salmon, avocado, grapefruit and preserved lemon or cream cheese, red onion, and capers (think of it like a stuffed latke designed to be on on the go); sides will include ”The Real Deal Creamy Hummus,” served with cracked cucumber and lemon vinegar, or slices of housemade malawach (a puff pastry-like pancake); desserts will feature a frozen labneh with toppings. There will also be fresh-baked pita (daily).
Wine director Justin Roberts will curate a small but eclectic list of worldly and esoteric wines, plus beers, and there will be low-ABV cocktails and non-alcoholic options from beverage director Kyle Greffin. The space will be stylin’, with bright color accents, Moroccan tiles, and floral displays. Hours will be daily 11am-9:30pm, with delivery and pick-up with Caviar. Stand by for more from me just before they open on July 17th. 598 Guerrero St. at 18th St.
The airy and colorful style of AL’s Deli. Photo: Molly DeCoudreaux.