MY GIRLFRIEND AND I ARE GOING TO CHICAGO FOR HER BIRTHDAY AND ARE LOOKING FOR TOP OF THE LINE DINNING EXPIERIENCE! FRIDAY NIGHT I HAVE RESERVATIONS AT PRIMEHOUSE(MY FAVORITE STEAKHOUSE) AND SATURDAY NIGHT AT ALINEA> I WANT TO KNOW IF ALINEA IS WHAT IT IS CRACKED UP TO BE!! MY GIRLFRIEND LIKES SMALL PLATES AND DISHES THAT LOOK LIKE ART!! PLEASE LET ME KNOW CHOWHEADS.. THANKS ALOT ERIK
In my world, it doesn't get better than Alinea. I was a doubter ("I want to eat my food; not play with it.") but one meal made me a convert. Achatz has taken a brilliant approach to food, including all the senses and playing with all the senses. The food, the presentation, the service -- everything is extraordinary. Some courses are literally a single bite; others are more like "small plates."
Do be aware that it will cost you. Alinea offers a tasting for $145 and a tour for $225. You will also want the wine pairing.
And Erik, you can release the caplock by hitting the key on the left of the keyboard.