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Alinea

1723 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL
312-867-0110
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No longer the fine-dining upstart working to impress devotees of old French or nouvelle cuisine, Grant Achatz’s molecular mecca still whips off culinary and visual artistry on every plate, albeit with less dazzle than when it was young and hungry. Plenty of razzmatazz remains: Courses transform right at the table, chefs scribble desserts right on the tabletop, and one creation floats. And the food gambols and sings, as in a revelatory take on orange chicken using veal sweetbreads and chestnut purée, or an otherworldly clear-and-white plate of lily bulbs, rambutan, and finger limes. It’s still Chicago’s best restaurant, but it had better watch out for the next upstart. Multicourse tasting menu, $210-$265 per person; wine pairing menu offered.

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Dishes We Liked

(All dishes are part of a tasting menu.) Char roe with banana, ginger, and passionfruit; Wagyu beef with parsnip, black trumpet mushrooms, and kombu seaweed; lily bulb with rambutan and finger limes; sweetbreads with orange, ginkgo nut, and mustard; hot potato, cold potato; pistachio gelato with lemon curd, mascarpone, strawberry, and black walnut

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Dish: see "Grant Application" November 2012

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Rating:
Price: $50-plus
Cuisine: Progressive American
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
Noteworthy: Wheelchair accessible
Hours: D Wed-Sun.
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