The north end of Inman Park is packed with small businesses, a few markets, and a number of restaurants. Amongst them, the Albert has been a long standing member of the community and the area’s requisite watering hole. While it might not seem worthy of a foodie review, I can assure you it is.
The restaurant itself sort of meanders back and forth between a dive bar and a pub. The majority of seats in the place are either at the bar or at a booth; and, a handful of offbeat pieces of artwork, a Golden Tee machine, a pool table, and a few TVs will keep you entertained.
The food is straight up bar fare with chicken fingers, wings, burgers, BLT’s and the like as your options du jour. It’s all decent, given what it is, and the prices and portions are more than reasonable. A fixed rotation of daily specials can make a trip to the Albert down right ridiculously cheap, and the chilled out vibe will almost always guarantee a good time.
Mind you, it’s a place for the everyman, where tattoos, button downs, and everything in between, are welcome. Sure, sometimes the food is a little overcooked, and you might catch a few too many lit cigarettes if you’re a non-smoker, but as a hangout spot, the Albert is well oiled. They aren’t trying to offer the beer menu of The Brick Store or the gastro-inspired food of The Porter, they’re just trying to be themselves. Though I’ve never actually grabbed a table, the staff and service are always friendly, and I’ve never left feeling fleeced or cheated. Similar to The Local, The Albert has become a popular hang out, and for good reason.
Note: The picture, starring Todd the bartender, came courtesy of the Albert website, hopefully – they don’t mind 🙂