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Alinea represents one of the most radical re-imaginings of fine food by any chef in American history and has propelled Grant Achatz to chef superstardom. Everything about his restaurant is unique, from the deconstructed food, unfamiliar flavour combinations and theatre to the tableware, with dishes served in and on all manner of implements: test tubes, cylinders, multi-layered bowls that come apart. It's boundary-shifting. IT has a 3 Star rating in Michelin Guide and voted the 6th best restaurant in the world by Restaurant magazine.

Alinea is a restaurant in Chicago that opened on May 4, 2005. Its head chef and owner, Grant Achatz, is known for his preparations and deconstructions of classic flavours. In 2010, Alinea became one of only two restaurants in Chicago to receive the highest rating of three stars from the Michelin Guide and was subsequently reviewed by restaurant critic Sam Sifton in the New York Times.The restaurant takes its name from the symbol alinea, which is featured as a logo.

In 2005, Achatz went out on his own, opening Alinea in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighbourhood. The restaurant is located up the block from the famed Steppenwolf Theatre Company and is housed in a modest gray brick building which bears no external markings beyond its street number. Inside, the restaurant has no bar, no lobby, and seats just 64 guests. Achatz serves diners a choice of two small-course tasting menus, running 12 or 28 courses. After less than two years of operation, the Mobil Travel Guide bestowed its Five Star Award on Alinea, reaffirming its approval of Achatz and making Alinea one of just 16 restaurants nationwide to rate five stars for 2007.
In October 2006, Gourmet magazine named Alinea the best restaurant in America in its feature on "America's Top 50 Restaurants".

Best New Chefs, Food & Wine Magazine, 2002
Top Service Award (Chicago), Zagat Survey, 2006
Best Restaurant in America, Gourmet Magazine, 2006
40 Top Chicago Restaurants Ever, Chicago Magazine, #1, 2010
AAA Five Diamond Award, AAA, 2007–2011
Mobil Five Star Award, Mobil Travel Guide, 2007–2010
Jean Banchet Award – Best Celebrity Chef, 2007
Jean Banchet Award – Best Fine Dining, 2007
The S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants, #36, 2007
The S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants, Highest New Entry, 2007
The S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants, #21, 2008
The S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants, #10, 2009
The S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants, #7, 2010
The S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants, The Acqua Panna Best Restaurant In North America, 2010
The S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants, #6, 2011
The S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants, The Acqua Panna Best Restaurant In North America, 2011
James Beard Foundation Award – Rising Star Chef of the Year, 2003
James Beard Foundation Award – Best Chef: Great Lakes, 2007
James Beard Foundation Award – Outstanding Chef, 2008
James Beard Foundation Award – Book Award: Cooking from a Professional Point of View, 2009
James Beard Foundation Award – Outstanding Service Award, 2010
Zagat Guide "Excellent" Ratings. 2008
Gayot Rating 18/20.
3 Michelin Stars, 2011.
The 2011 Time 100

There are huge number of reviews on the restaurant, but here is one I like read it here:

This weekend we celebrated our anniversary by dining at a very interesting 5 star restaurant, Alinea. Its chef and owner, Grant Achatz, is a graduate of Culinary Institute of America and a protégé of Thomas Keller, serving as his Sous Chef at French Laundry for four years. In 2001, Chef Achatz joined Trio in Evanston, IL where under his lead, the restaurant was awarded 5 stars by the Mobil Travel Guide in 2004. Chef Achatz opened Alinea in 2005, and immediately attracted the attention of diners by offering a modern approach to cuisine featuring molecular gastronomy. Having recently begun molecular gastronomy experiments of my own, I have really looked forward to the dining experience at Alinea.

Alinea is in a residential area of Chicago, hidden amongst townhouses. As we opened the door, all we saw was a mysterious dark corridor with a few dim lights. We walked along and initially didn’t see an opening to the restaurant at all. All of a sudden, the doors in front of us opened as if by magic, and we found ourselves in the foyer of the restaurant, whereupon we were greeted by the staff. After this grand entrance, we were escorted upstairs and seated in a spacious and well lit room, featuring sleek modern furniture, black tables, and comfortable tan chairs, matching tan-coloured walls with modern art.

We chose the tasting menu which included a total of fifteen courses. The comprehensive wine list included a number of delightful Burgundies, from which we chose the Vosne-Romanee Malconsorts 2003, a Premier Cru wine from Domaine Francois Lamarche. A great wine for such a tasting menu, the Malconsorts balanced notes of concentrated fruit with a rich satisfying earthiness that paired well across the variety of delicate flavours throughout the meal.

Alinea deserves a place as one of the top restaurants in both the United States, and indeed in the world. Our experience showcased culinary playfulness with a range of flavours and textures. With a few stage props, some careful planning, and little bit of mystery and magic, this was a wonderful dining experience celebrating an evolving modern style.

Address: 1723 North Halsted, Chicago 60614, USA
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