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Alinea - Tips for a virgin visit

You will LOVE LOVE LOVE Alinea. Here are my thoughts:

1) Absolutely do the wine pairings - you don't always get a "fresh wine" with each course, so it's not going to be too much wine. The meal is paced so well that it isn't too much, in my opinion.

2) Don't order a bottle. Get the pairing. End of story.

3) The price with pairing adds (from what I can remember) $95 or so. Well worth it.

4) To be comfortable, I would recommend men wear a jacket - no tie needed. It's a relaxed overall experience, but not "casual." Something nicer than you'd wear to work is a good rule for women, but leave the cocktail & evening dress at home.

Enjoy - you'll LOVE it. Give yourself a 5 hour cushion time-wise.

Oct 03, 2008
jliebze in Chicago Area

alinea- chicago

It's amazing. Transcendant. 12 is the way to go, the 24 course is overwhelming for a first go. Get the wine pairing and let go...

Sep 27, 2008
jliebze in Chicago Area

Decatur or Little 5 Points (Atlanta, GA)

Brunch - Shaun's in Inman Park (after 1pm - let it thin out) is great and not far, just down Edgewood.

Sep 27, 2008
jliebze in General South Archive

Tasting menus in Houston?

Thanks for the info!

Sep 25, 2008
jliebze in Houston

Downtown Atlanta Dinner Rec's

Floataway Café & bacchanalia are hard to beat

Parish is cleverly decorated and the food is not bad

Eugene is another good option, easy to get to from downtown; H&F is fine, but overpriced and some of the heartbreakingly overstyled-but-please-don't-notice-it servers and customers get tiresome quickly.

Shaun's in Inman Park is another nice option, great Sunday brunch too

Sep 24, 2008
jliebze in General South Archive

Tasting menus in Houston?

A good friend and I will be in Houston in November for a wedding. We are visiting from Chicago and would like to eat somewhere forward-thinking on a Friday evening.

Can anyone suggest a restaurant with a tasting menu/wine pairings? Looking for something nice -- think Trotters, Alinea, Schwa in Chicago.

We will have a car, and no pre-set price limit.

Sep 24, 2008
jliebze in Houston