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The beefsteak tomatoes are just hanging around this summer.

Al Biernat?s has a reputation as the go-to restaurant for local royalty and visiting celebs. (And if your name is George Foreman, apparently the manager will even deliver the food to you.)

But in our opinion, the most high-profile notables at the restaurant are?its tomatoes. Seriously.

The stars of Al?s oft-reiterated summer salad (mozzarella, tomato, avocado and balsamic dressing), Amelia?s Farm tomatoes are grown hydroponically on a farm an hour north of Dallas in Bells, Texas, in a 6,000-square-foot greenhouse constructed 18 months ago by a couple of former ad execs.

The five varieties (beefsteak, heirloom, roma and two types of cherry) are prized for their luscious, sweet flavor?and the fact that they?re consistently delicious throughout the year.

While owner Amelia Von Kennel initially thought demand would drop in the summer (due to increased competition), she and her husband, Ben, are finding themselves unexpectedly replanting a new crop.

And when those tomatoes are ready (by early July, for those of you with a calendar thing), we?ll be lining up at Green Grocer--the only Dallas retailer that sells them.

Gazpacho, anyone?

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