Alinea

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  • Contemporary American
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Photograph: Lara Kastner

Alinea

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Photograph: Martha Williams
Skate at Alinea
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Photograph: Martha Williams
Eggplant at Alinea
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Photograph: Martha Williams
Fish at Alinea
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Photograph: Martha Williams
Salsify at Alinea
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Photograph: Martha Williams
Salsify at Alinea
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Photograph: Martha Williams
Baloon at Alinea
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Photograph: Martha Williams

Char roe dish with tropical fruits at Alinea

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Photograph: Lara Kastner

Lincoln Park

Regularly lauded as the best restaurant in Chicago, if not the country, Alinea lives up to the hype. Chef/mastermind Grant Achatz delivers a well-orchestrated ride that plays with textures and temperatures while remaining grounded in season, flavor and flawless execution. The menu is constantly changing, but recent hits have included a tender slice of sous vide eggplant with fried mustard seeds, banana, cacao nibs and cilantro, and a gorgeous piece of skate, luxuriating in brown butter. Iconic dishes include the black truffle explosion with romaine and parmesan, and the hot potato, cold potato served with black truffle and butter. But you never know what dish will steal the show when you’re in the audience.

Venue name: Alinea
Contact:
Address: 1723 N Halsted St
Chicago

Opening hours: Dinner (Wed–Sun)
Transport: El stop: Red to North/Clybourn. Bus: 8, 72.
Price: Average degustation: $230
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