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Alinea's or Moto's

Himawari Aug 12, 2009 08:28 PM

We are planning a trip to Chicago in a couple of weeks. We are trying to decide between Alinea's and Moto's. What are your thoughts? We've been wanting to try molecular gastronomy and thought this would be our chance. How are the two similar and different?


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  1. chicgail RE: Himawari Aug 13, 2009 05:00 AM


    hands down.

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      hoppy2468 RE: chicgail Aug 13, 2009 05:05 AM

      I second, third and fourth that.

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        pastry634 RE: hoppy2468 Aug 13, 2009 05:47 AM

        Fifth that? :P If you do choose Alinea (which you should), I would get on those reservations quickly. They go pretty fast.

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      ms. chow RE: Himawari Aug 13, 2009 05:47 AM

      I'm in the Alinea camp as well. Both are in the forefront of molecular gastronomy. Moto focuses on the fantasy. Could come off as more child's play than anything else. Alinea is cerebral. It really makes one think and pushes your idea of what food should be.

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        Himawari RE: Himawari Aug 13, 2009 04:48 PM

        Thanks for all your input. Based on your recommendations, I made a reservation for Alinea. I'm so looking forward to eating there!

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          pastry634 RE: Himawari Aug 13, 2009 05:51 PM

          Did you end up doing the Tour or the Tasting?

        2. uhockey RE: Himawari Aug 13, 2009 05:33 PM

          This isn't even close - in my opinion it is literally like comparing The French Laundry with Bouchon - both serve french food....that is pretty much where the comparison ends. :-)

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