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Chef Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas have ushered in a new era following extensive renovations to the dining areas and kitchen.

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Alinea, Chicago, IL

Alinea Restaurant Review

: The name says it all. In the course of history, an "alinea" would mark the arrival of a new idea or philosophy. If the concept flies, it could mark the beginning of a different way of thinking or a new practice. The restaurant Alinea situates itself in that sphere and in a forthcoming age that succeeds all the inns, taverns and bistros as we've known them. So be prepared: Alinea is a restaurant like no other in America, period. Chef Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas have ushered in a new era following extensive renovations to the dining areas and kitchen. The first-floor Gallery accommodates just 16 guests with a 16-18 course menu priced at $285-$345 per person. The second-floor Salon menu is priced at $175-$225 depending on the day of the week. The private dining Kitchen Table can host parties of six for $385 per person. An online ticketing system transacts restaurant reservations.

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Visit another world at Alinea
by robertjpeterson on Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:03 am
Eating at Alinea was like having a meal on the spacecraft of a race of benevolent extra-terrestrial foodies.

There's no actual "menu" to speak of. You either choose the 14- or the 22-course extravaganza, which is served to you by a succession of bookish men and women -- all of whom, you'll discover, are culinary school grads earning their stripes. (Even the sommelier was a culinary school grad, although his chef days were behind him.)

The courses themselves were elaborately prepared plates or mouthfuls, and all of them spectacular -- a Thai-themed dish looked like a plate full of gold. The wine pairings were also great, although I didn't quite have the constitution for all the drinking.

Highly recommended.
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