As we are about to book another trip to Chicago, I realized I never actually published my first post about Alinea below.

Alinea, what a dreamy place! You know in a top ten restaurant off the World’s Best list that your meal will be otherworldly, and our experience was no exception. The service was extremely friendly and fun–a big part of what made the meal enjoyable, and the dishes were so imaginative and thoughtful.


There were so many moments where I felt like a giddy, excited, and fascinated kid in a science lab. Setting high expectations can be a bad game to play with food, but this met them all. Alinea was food on another level. I don’t want to write too much and give it away, but if you need more convincing research the green apple balloon!