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Has anyone dined at Alinea in Chicago?

by Karen/NoCA » Mon Aug 19, 2013 7:41 pm

How did you like it?
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Re: Has anyone dined at Alinea in Chicago?

by Mark Lipton » Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:28 pm

Karen/NoCA wrote:How did you like it?


Paging Jeff Grossman, Mr. Grossman to the white courtesy telephone, please...

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Re: Has anyone dined at Alinea in Chicago?

by Jeff Grossman/NYC » Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:47 pm

I liked it a lot. It is a memorable experience: the ambience, the service, the food.

Rather than cut+paste, let me link you to a summary (on another board) of my dinner there: http://winedisorder.com/comment/56/4153/?all=true#61800
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Re: Has anyone dined at Alinea in Chicago?

by Jeff Grossman/NYC » Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:50 pm

I see the old menu link is not working. Try this one instead: https://content.alinearestaurant.com/html/pages/menus/menu.html
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Re: Has anyone dined at Alinea in Chicago?

by Karen/NoCA » Tue Aug 20, 2013 1:23 pm

Whew, that was quite an experience. I am reading his book and loving it. While I have no desire to go to Chicago, I would be interested in dining at his restaurant. Like one of your friends, I, too, would be falling asleep after that long of a sit, and eating all the food. I've read dozens of reviews on Alinea and most say, it is a once in a lifetime experience for them, glad they went, but not going again. I suspect the cost has something to do with that. I understand the menu changes every four months. It must take that long or longer to come up with the ideas and create them. Sourcing the ingredients must be a full time job and then some. Thanks for the post.
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Re: Has anyone dined at Alinea in Chicago?

by Jeff Grossman/NYC » Tue Aug 20, 2013 3:35 pm

You're welcome.

It really is an amazing thing. I agree with the sentiments you read, though, that it is something to do only occasionally. (There are other things in Life that have that same quality... don't miss it, but don't do it every Thursday, either.)

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