Alinea

2014

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2013

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2012

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Experimental

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2011

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Best Experimental

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Price: 
4
Rating: 
9.30
Cuisine: 
Molecular Gastronomy
Hours: 
Wed–Sun: 5:00 PM–Midnight
1723 N Halsted St (btwn W North Ave & W Willow St)
Chicago 60614
(312) 867-0110
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The menu at Alinea can sometimes sound deceptively simple (lobster with carrot and chamomile), but what shows up on the plate is absolutely original and almost always dazzlingly good. Having successfully reinvented the way people look at reservations with their innovative nonrefundable online ticket system atNext and reinterpreted cocktails, bar food, and the bar experience with The Aviary, Grant Achatz and his partner Nick Kokonas have also intensified the attention they pay to Alinea. They installed a Next-style reservation system there, and continue to push the envelope with how people think about restaurants. Meanwhile, Achatz consistently turns out some of the most imaginative and delicious contemporary (or modernist, if you will) cuisine in the country.

Click here to watch The Daily Meal’s video on The Aviary’s cocktail magic.  — Arthur Bovino