In keeping with the neighborhood’s diversity, Alberta offers food for every taste (vegan to carnivore), craving (foie gras to fried chicken) and budget (PBR to Dom Pérignon).
Fine Dining on Alberta
Led by a trio of chefs, Aviary features inventive small plates like charred octopus with papaya, crispy pig ear and coconut rice, and fried chicken skin salad — an unexpected union of Asian, Middle Eastern and American flavors.
The acclaimed Beast anchors a cluster of fine restaurants a few blocks north of Alberta. Patrons enjoy a dinner-party vibe at communal tables as Chef Naomi Pomeroy produces six-course prix fixe meals, with menus that change every two weeks to reflect what’s in season. The French-inflected menu also changes weekly, but expect a killer charcuterie plate (featuring decadent bites like a foie-gras bon-bon).
Nearby, DOC grabs diners’ attention right off the bat: Patrons enter through a small, open kitchen into a candlelit room to enjoy a seasonally inspired Italian menu and an extensive wine list.
Diverse Flavors on Alberta
The menu at Yakuza Lounge focuses on sashimi, sushi and other Japanese pub favorites, alongside cross-cultural fare such as panko-fried goat cheese and a killer burger. Like the vibe? You can actually stay right next door at the owners’ adjacent Kuza Garden Cabin.
You won’t find movies at Bollywood Theater. Instead, grab a seat and sample authentic Indian street food like flatbread kati rolls, filled with cheese or meat, egg, pickled onion and green chutney.
Beast chef (and 2014 James Beard Award-winner) Naomi Pomeroy’s latest venture, Expatriate, offers a diverse array of culture-bridging and Burmese-inspired fare. Vinyl beats and vintage film projections set the vibe for meticulous cocktails from Pomeroy’s husband Kyle Linden Webster, and drinking snacks like Chinese-sausage corn dogs complement the standout libations.
Casual Eats on Alberta
Pine State Biscuits takes comfort food to new heights. Literally. The buttered-up biscuits are piled with all the fixings, including eggs, bacon, gravy, buttermilk fried chicken and even flank steak. Skip the legendary wait by dropping by during extended hours on Friday or Saturday evenings. Portions (and crowds) aren’t much thinner at the Grilled Cheese Grill. This converted school bus serves outrageously good grilled cheese sandwiches (think melted brie with roasted peppers and fresh tomatoes) and the Original Cheesus, a third-pound burger set between two — you guessed it — grilled cheeses.
At The Bye and Bye, late-night noshers get a tasty lesson in vegan fare — plus tasty cocktails served in Mason jars. Roll-up garage doors and a spacious back patio add to the comfortable vibe. Tin Shed Garden Café is a longtime favorite for its fresh breakfasts and homey patio, complete with tree and fireplace. Feel free to bring Fido; the Tin Shed is so pet-friendly, they even have a menu for dogs! Family-run taquería La Bonita offers quick, affordable Mexican delights, including tacos and fresh salsas.
Sweet Treats on Alberta
Choose from inventive ice cream at hyper-popular Salt & Straw (whose original location is on Alberta Street) or pie from Random Order Pie Bar (whose Tahitian vanilla sugar salted caramel apple pie was named one of America’s best by Leisure + Travel in 2013).