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1723 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614

Critic’s Notes

Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas lightened up the space, service, and food of their legendary restaurant without sacrificing an ounce of the place’s stunning creativity. A trio of tasting menus ($175 to $385) and wine pairings ($215 to $415) overflow with ideas both cerebral and whimsical. Your meal might include a trip to the kitchen for a cocktail made with a crank-operated cast-iron shaker; a silicone bowl plopped in your hand with cured and roasted pork belly cubes in a curry topped with banana chips and sunflower petals; or an unforgettable, multisensory dessert course served on a colorful Plexiglas art panel hanging from the ceiling. Tickets are available at alinearestaurant.com.

Dishes We Liked

(All dishes are part of the 18-course, $305 Gallery tasting menu.) Communal (osetra, king crab, condiments); Contrast/sparrowgrass/swirl (tomato/watermelon/parmesan, white asparagus)

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Dish: see "Grant Application" November 2012

Additional Information:

Price: $100-plus
Cuisine: Contemporary
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
Noteworthy: Wheelchair accessible
Hours: D Wed-Sun.
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