AL's Place is a neighborhood restaurant in the Mission district of San Francisco from chef-owner Aaron London. We offer a seasonal, ingredient-driven menu, that highlights the produce of Northern California.
AL's Place has no dress code. We want to create a fun, relaxed and exciting place for people to come together and enjoy food in company of family and friends!
Aaron London - Chef/Owner
Hailing from West Sonoma County, Aaron London has been banging around the kitchen since he could reach the pots and pans. Constantly cooking for neighbors and family as a youth, the obsession with all things culinary carved his inevitable path to “chefdom.” With experience in top-tier Michelin starred restaurants such as L’ Astrance, Daniel, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, the AL’s Place cuisine touts our fearless leader’s expansive palate and boundless capacity to explore and create. When pressed to pick one dish most representative of himself, he references the menu’s ‘eat-with-your-hands’ baby lettuces with herbed avocado and pistachio, explaining how they showcase his connection to the garden, as well as “taking something common and making it really special.” Tattooed and tactical, gregarious yet precise, the heartbeat and mastermind behind AL’s Place never ceases to tease and awaken San Francisco’s unsuspecting eaters.
Kimberly Litchfield - General Manager
Starting out as a “shot girl” in a Miami nightclub, the trajectory of this Floridian’s hospitality career has been anything but straightforward. A proud 3rd generation alumni of The University of Pennsylvania, Kimberly made her way to San Francisco, where she found herself in an unfulfilling job in corporate management. Once she discovered her love for hospitality, she dove full-force into a floor manager position at bacar and never looked back. In 2014, Kimberly was in a near-fatal accident. She threw herself into physical therapy and after a painstaking 14 months of rehabilitation, made a full recovery. This ferocity of spirit and her determination to approach life with tenacity and resolve - these are the qualities of a great leader; traits that Kimberly exudes both on and off the restaurant floor. Self-proclaimed “Jew-mom” to daughter Paloma as well as the AL’s Place staff, Kimberly is everyone’s go-to for cold medicine and extra pens. If Kimberly were to describe herself as one dish on the menu, it would be the seared duck with strawberry mole. The complex harmony of sweet and smoke and spice resulting from the mole’s slow and layered cooking process remind her of husband Josué’s home in the Yucatan, while the textural melt-in-your-mouth richness of the duck breast reminds her that life is short - so enjoy the luxuries.
Blue Dane Garden
A biodynamically run operation located in Grass Valley, Blue Dane Garden is run by married duo Rose and Dakota Becker. Chef Aaron has been working with Rose Becker for years, back when they were at Ubuntu in Napa Valley.
Blue Dane grows produce exclusively for AL’s Place, and we source the majority of our produce from them. Despite the two hour driving distance, Rose and Dakota take turns making weekly produce runs to AL’s. The key and unique component here revolves around the fact that all produce is delivered still potted in soil, and kept as such in our basement grow area until right before every service.
Some of the most special and noteable items on the menu from Blue Dane include our radishes, sweet herbs, and baby lettuces.