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Alinea

1723 N. Halsted St. (Willow St.) Send to Phone
312-867-0110 | Menu
Chef Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas have ushered in a new era of culinary wizardry following extensive restaurant renovations.

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Alinea, Chicago, IL

Alinea Restaurant Review

: Alinea demands participatory fun. It’s not for the faint of heart, or the timid eater; this restaurant is an entirely different experience. In a newly redone space that’s both elegant and simple, adorned with meaningful artwork and a spotless kitchen with chef’s table, Alinea stands out as a showplace for chef Grant Achatz’s creativity. With a playfulness that belies the exceptional quality and presentation of the dishes, Alinea shines. Three prix-fixe options allow you to enter a world of dinner theater, or is it theatrical dining? The Kitchen Table ($385 per person) is select, with seating for six per night. The second-floor Salon has a 10-14 course tasting meal ($175-$225 per person) at multiple hours. Accommodating just 16 people, the first-floor Gallery, so-named for the suspended art pieces, elevates the evening further, bringing a showcase of 16-18 small plates twice nightly ($295-$345 per person), each delivered by a knowing staff who clearly enjoy what they do. Menus change seasonally but will include some version of meat, seafood, vegetables and desserts. (Upon leaving you will receive a copy of what’s been served.) It’s not fair to spoil the surprise by revealing what to expect. This is an evening of suspense with an ending that’s as whimsical as it is delicious. If you’re a foodie, it is a must. Several wine pairings are available with the premium offering including small producer choices from Champagne, Umbria and Barossa Valley among others. Book well in advance via the restaurant’s online reservation system.

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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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