Preserving History and Serving Passion

Originally founded in the 1980s as Stacy’s Diner by Shannon’s father, the establishment underwent a transformative change in 1997 when Shannon and his wife Nikki took over and renamed it Al’s Diner after the young son, Alex, affectionately known as “Big Al.” For more than 25 years, Al’s Diner has remained a cherished family-run business and a beloved part of the Pittsboro community. Its deep-rooted history is a testament to the dedication and passion of the Plummer family, who consistently served up home-style country cooking that evokes nostalgia and memories of Grandma’s kitchen.

Al’s Diner’s reputation for offering a delectable breakfast and lunch experience is unmatched. From eggs cooked to perfection to homemade buttermilk biscuits with savory white pepper sausage gravy, the menu offers a delightful array of classic American favorites. Lunch-goers can relish dishes like chicken and rice with pinto beans, coleslaw, and hush-puppies, satisfying cravings with every visit. With its enduring legacy and dedication to providing exceptional food and service, Al’s Diner continues to be a treasured institution in Pittsboro.

Exploring the Exquisite Menu

For breakfast, patrons can treat themselves to the taste of home with eggs cooked to perfection, and not to be missed are Al’s Diner’s homemade buttermilk biscuits smothered in white pepper sausage gravy. It’s a nostalgic and comforting experience, evoking memories of Grandma’s kitchen. When lunchtime arrives, the menu continues to impress. Guests can indulge in classic American flavors with Al’s Diner’s chicken and rice, served alongside flavorful pinto beans, coleslaw, and hush-puppies.

The combination is a true delight for the taste buds. Every dish at Al’s Diner is prepared with care and passion, ensuring that visitors enjoy the best of home-style country cooking. And now, even as the brand enters a new chapter of ownership with the Parker family, patrons can rest assured that the tradition of serving these delectable dishes will remain unchanged.

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Experience the Authentic Atmosphere

The aroma of home-style country cooking fills the air, tantalizing your senses and whetting your appetite. The menu at Al’s Diner offers a delightful array of dishes that will satisfy even the most discerning taste buds. From mouthwatering breakfast options like customizable eggs and homemade buttermilk biscuits with white pepper sausage gravy, to savory lunch choices including chicken and rice with pinto beans, coleslaw, and hush-puppies, there’s something to please every palate.

As you savor your meal, take a moment to soak in the friendly chatter and laughter around you. Al’s Diner is a gathering place for locals and visitors alike, fostering a sense of community and camaraderie. It’s the perfect spot to connect with friends, enjoy a delicious meal with family, or simply relax and indulge in a comforting dining experience. The inviting ambiance of Al’s Diner is truly one-of-a-kind. From the classic decor to the friendly chatter among patrons, every aspect of the atmosphere exudes authenticity.

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Meatloaf is a classic dish in American cuisine that has been enjoyed for generations. It is a savory and hearty dish made primarily from ground meat, usually a combination of beef and pork, mixed with various ingredients to enhance its flavor and texture. The meat is typically combined with breadcrumbs, eggs, and seasonings such as onions, garlic, salt, and pepper. Some recipes also include vegetables like carrots or bell peppers to add extra moisture and nutrition.

Once the ingredients are mixed thoroughly, the meatloaf is shaped into a loaf and then baked in the oven until it is cooked through and has a delicious golden-brown crust on the outside. Meatloaf is often served with a flavorful sauce or gravy, such as a tomato-based sauce, to complement its taste.

The Hobo Sandwich

The star of this culinary masterpiece is the tender and succulent slow-cooked pot roast, carefully seasoned with a blend of secret spices. The pot roast is cooked to perfection, ensuring a melt-in-your-mouth experience with every bite. To add a delightful crunch and freshness, a generous portion of crispy lettuce and juicy sliced tomatoes are layered on top.

One cannot forget the crucial role of the caramelized onions in elevating the Hobo Sandwich’s taste profile. The sweet and savory onions lend a comforting sweetness that perfectly complements the hearty pot roast. To bring it all together, a dollop of creamy and tangy horseradish sauce is spread on the soft, toasted hoagie roll. This zesty sauce provides a delightful kick that enhances the overall flavor profile of the sandwich, making it a true delight for the taste buds.

The Big Al Burger

A juicy, flame-grilled beef patty cooked to perfection, topped with melted cheddar cheese that oozes deliciously with each bite. Nestled on a freshly baked brioche bun, it’s dressed with crisp lettuce, ripe tomatoes, and tangy pickles that add the perfect balance of flavors and textures. But that’s not all – what sets The Big Al Burger apart is its array of mouthwatering toppings and condiments.

Velvety slices of avocado add a creamy twist, while crispy bacon adds a smoky crunch. A dollop of zesty house-made aioli brings a burst of tangy goodness to every mouthful. And let’s not forget the golden fries that accompany this delectable creation. Hand-cut and perfectly seasoned, Al’s Diner are the ideal sidekick to this extraordinary burger experience.

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Delivery Service

With Al’s Diner’s delivery service, you can enjoy all the breakfast and lunch classics you’ve come to love without leaving the comfort of your home or office. From perfectly cooked eggs and mouthwatering homemade buttermilk biscuits with white pepper sausage gravy to hearty dishes like chicken and rice with pinto beans, coleslaw, and hush-puppies, the menu has something to satisfy every craving.

Placing a delivery order is quick and easy. Simply give Al’s Diner a call, and the friendly staff will be happy to assist you in selecting your favorites from the extensive menu. Al’s Diner take pride in providing prompt and courteous service to ensure that your order arrives hot and fresh, just as if you were dining in at Al’s Diner. Give Al’s a call today to experience the taste of nostalgia delivered right to your door!

Captivating Photos Gallery

Upon entering the gallery, you’ll be greeted by an array of captivating images that tell stories of the town’s history, natural beauty, and its vibrant local culture. Each photograph has been carefully selected to evoke emotions and create a sense of nostalgia. The gallery features a diverse range of subjects, from breathtaking landscapes and iconic landmarks to heartwarming moments of daily life in Pittsboro.

Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, these photos offer a unique perspective on the town’s identity and its deep-rooted connections. Not only does the Captivating Photos Gallery serve as a homage to the town’s heritage, but it also acts as a platform for local photographers to showcase the talent and creativity. It fosters a sense of community pride and appreciation for the artistic expression that flourishes in Pittsboro.

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Customer Reviews


Rated 5.0 out of 5
February 15, 2024

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James Wilson

Reasonable prices and worth the wait if they are busy

Rated 5.0 out of 5
August 3, 2023

Al’s is super cute and all of the staff is super upbeat and friendly. They have a daily specials list that always has something yummy. Everything is how grandma would have made it…. So good and with love! I had the chicken and dumplings special today. I ordered it with low expectations because it’s a dish I used to make with my grandparents. I almost cried when I took the first bite. They were so amazing! Tender shredded chicken, homemade dumplings, and the perfect amount of seasoning. Instantly brought me back to my grandmas kitchen.

Thank you everyone at Al’s!!! Y’all rock!

Your Halloween spirit was absolutely fabulous!

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Jamie E.

Finding This Little In A Haystack Is Everything!!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
July 23, 2023

This Morning I Ordered An Chicken Salad Sandwich And Tatter Tots With A Lemonade And Peach Cobbler… One Word…. Delicious! Each And Every Time I Come Back The Customer Service Is ALWAYS ON POINT! I THANK YOU FOR THE ONE OF A KIND SERVICE!!!

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Roberto C.

So, had breakfast at Al's today with a friend

Rated 5.0 out of 5
July 22, 2023

I had never been here before nd he said he had been but it was a long time ago. Both the food and staff were excellent! This will likely become our regular spot! Based on the review I have read we also need to try the lunch/dinner menu!

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Kathy K.

Good food, good portions and friendly staff

Rated 5.0 out of 5
July 13, 2023

Hadn’t been in a while but went three times in the last two weeks. Will be my go to place in Pittsboro from now on.

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Martine H.

We really enjoyed this place

Rated 5.0 out of 5
July 3, 2023

Food was exceptional and it was cheap. Exactly what we were looking for. Cant wait to come back

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Mike T.

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535 West St, Pittsboro, NC 27312