When visiting the Windy City, be sure to stop by the Alina Restaurant located in Lincoln Park for a culinary experience you won’t forget.
Voted No. 1 last year, Alina is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year and they have a lot to celebrate. It is the only restaurant in Chicago to be named the Best Restaurant in America, and it is one of only 12 in the United States to have earned the coveted Michelin 3-Star rating.
Seasonally Rotating Menu
These accolades are no surprise for those who’ve tasted this trendy eatery’s modernist cuisine which is anything but predictable or boring.
They offer a tasting menu that’s seasonally driven and offers between 18 and 22 courses which rotate throughout the year. Favorite dishes include Dungeness crab paired with squash blossom, cardamom and saffron; and trout roe with matsutake, apple, and mustard.
It’s not only a delicious dining experience, it’s fun, emotional and provocative. You’ll understand when you see the playful artfulness they use in serving the dishes ordered.
Book and Pay in Advance
With the popularity of this eatery, you need to book about three months in advance and when you do, plan to pay for your meal. Drinks are paid for at the restaurant.
Other Special Touches
Other special touches that make a visit to the Alina Restaurant standout include the friendly but totally professional staff, and special touches like a greeter with an umbrella to escort you from your vehicle when it is raining.
Once you walk through the door into the reception area, the greeter will ask if you’d like to see the busy kitchen.
Eating at the Alina Restaurant is like attending a performance you can eat. And while it has been described as a once-in-a-lifetime experience, once you’ve experienced it once, you’ll want to go back again.
Photo credits: AlinaRestaurant