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deepfry7 Feb 5, 2011 09:26 AM

I'm a NYer visiting Chicago for the first time in March. I have reservations for Alinea on a Friday at 6:15pm. I tried getting Topolobampo reservations for dinner on Saturday, but all are left are late seatings (post 9pm), which I'm not really in the mood to do. And I'm definitely doing Alinea on Friday.

However, there are a lot of open seatings for Topolobampo at lunch on Friday. Is going to Topolobampo for lunch (say a 11:30 AM or noon seating) and then Alinea at 6:15pm too much? I totally understand it's about not overeating/ordering at Topolobampo, but I'm curious to hear Chicago hounds' opinions.

Thanks.

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445 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610

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    pastry634 Feb 5, 2011 11:08 AM

    Those two are absolutely doable in the same day. In my book, that would make an excellent day of Chicago eating. Just for reference, on the day that I went to Alinea, I went to Urban Belly for lunch and left full of dumplings and fried rice and felt comfortable that night. While Alinea will give you plenty of food, it will be a well paced and lengthy meal, and eating at Topo 7 hours earlier should have little effect on your enjoyment that night. Then again, I am a hearty eater and to each his/her own etc., so take my personal experience with a grain of salt. But, I think your plan sounds fantastic.

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      nsxtasy Feb 5, 2011 04:07 PM

      >> While Alinea will give you plenty of food, it will be a well paced and lengthy meal, and eating at Topo 7 hours earlier should have little effect on your enjoyment that night.

      I agree, 100 percent. People sometimes think that, with around 17 courses, Alinea is going to attempt to overstuff them. The fact is, many of those courses are rather small, and as pastry says, it takes place over quite a long time (figure four hours). So you will leave comfortably full but not overstuffed. And there's no need to fast all day beforehand. Definitely, have lunch at Topolobampo!

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