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Alinea and licorice

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Hi,
I have a reservation at Alinea in a couple of weeks. I have read that there are a number of licorice flavors used in the dishes there, and I don't like licorice. I am debating whether to ask them to omit any licorice or licorice flavors (annise or fennel) from my dishes. I am curious if there is anyone who does not like licorice and has eaten at Alinea. Is the flavor overwhelming, and did it make you dislike any dish with that flavor. I don't want to take away from the experience of the meal. I also don't want to dislike something when I could have asked to omit it.
Thanks for your help!

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Alinea
1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

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  1. If you feel that strongly about that particular flavor, just call them and ask them to add that request to your reservation, and they'll be happy to oblige. Don't forget to note whether this request is just for yourself, or for your entire party.

    That being said, there are some flavors I don't like - notably coffee - but I don't feel strongly enough about it to mention it beforehand. Last time I ate there I loved everything, which isn't always the case elsewhere, so I'd be willing to try anything they come up with, to see how it works.

    1. The menu currently posted doesn't seem to list licorice, anise, or fennel as an ingredient in any of the courses. However, just in case: when I dined there, there was a course that involved black licorice (which I dislike), but it worked with the rest of the flavors really well. I would say that if there was any place that would do well by things one didn't think one liked, it would be Alinea.

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      Alinea
      1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

      1. I ate at Alinea last month and don't remember any anise/licorice-flavored dishes. That said, let me recommend that you simply trust in the chef. Unless you have a virulent, all-encompassing hatred of the ingredient or you have health or morality reasons for not eating something, you should be open to new experiences.

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        Alinea
        1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614