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by Caitlin Saniga

We served a couple of huge trays of Al’s chicken paprikash at my sister Holly’s graduation party a few years ago. The food was a fan favorite among guests and is widely popular at the restaurant. Gourmet magazine wrote an article about the restaurant and related meat market in 2007.

I visited the restaurant the day Barberton was holding its annual Christmas lighting festival and parade. The place was packed with families trying to warm up with a hearty meal, but the service was fast-paced and friendly. Beth even made time to catch up with me and Mom. How do you like her festive, pink camo reindeer antlers?

I visited: Al’s Corner Restaurant, a lunch-only Hungarian restaurant open since 1932 in Barberton, Ohio, that serves stuffed cabbage rolls, pierogies, sausage, halushka, strudels, beer bread and, of course, chicken paprikash. Its sister business is Al’s Quality Market, which cranks out Hungarian, Slovenian and other sausages, as well as hams, smoked bacon, headcheese and more. My mom’s cousin Denny Gray and his wife, Beth, own and operate  both businesses.

Chicken paprikash also comes with a slice of bread and butter. My mom ordered stuffed cabbage (seen on the back plate) on our trip to Al's.

Chicken paprikash also comes with a slice of bread and butter. My mom ordered stuffed cabbage (seen on the back plate) on our trip to Al’s.

I tried: Chicken paprikash with dumplings. I had a choice of white, dark or mixed meat, so I chose white, which included a bone-in breast, wing and drumstick.

Why it stood out: Everything I’ve tried at Al’s has been spot-on. But I love that you can make a meal out of this plate of chicken paprikash. Like I mentioned, each serving includes several pieces of your choice of chicken meat, plus a number of golf ball-size dumplings drenched in a creamy paprika sauce.

It cost: $6

Al's is set up sort of like a cafeteria. Food is ordered from a display case of steaming hot trays, and diners sit at booths or a central horseshoe of barstools.

Al’s is set up sort of like a cafeteria. Food is ordered from a display case of steaming hot trays, and diners sit at booths or a central horseshoe of bar stools.

Find out more:

Al’s Corner Restaurant
545 West Tuscarawas Ave.
Barberton, OH 44203
330-475-7978
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Al’s Quality Market
563 West Tuscarawas Ave.
Barberton, OH 44203
330-753-7216

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