Alan Richman goes to Chicago

Alan Richman goes to Chicago and pronounces it the 2nd city no more.

"Something is happening in Chicago, where most of us believe nothing
unexpected ever takes place. It’s revelatory and special, a likely new
direction for American food."

Check out his article, it might inspire you to take a flight to Chicago for a meal or two, or three.

And what about me, you asked? Well, I’m packing my bag for Paris, leaving in just over a week.

Frankly, I have no opinion on the three restaurants Mr.Richman wrote about: Alinea, Moto, and Avenues. I remain curious about Grant Achatz’s Alinea, though still haven’t managed a meal there yet. I ate Grant Achatz’s food at Trio and had a lovely meal. Reports from friends who have been to Moto are mixed, but I am a little curious about that place too. I’m completely agnostic on Avenues.

P.S. Joy and Fatimeh went to Alinea and both went gaga over Grant’s food, by the way.

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11 Responses to “Alan Richman goes to Chicago

  • The Jeff Next Door said:
    May 23rd, 2006 at 6:00am

    Have fun in Paris — maybe we’ll bump into each other (unknowingly), as I’ll be leaving Brooklyn for Paris June 1.

  • sue young said:
    May 23rd, 2006 at 7:53am

    Loved Blackbird in Chicago, one of the best meal of 2005. Weber Grill was the perfect place to take a large group after USC/ND game…the kitchen is open and they cook on, yes, Weber Grills.

  • sue young said:
    May 23rd, 2006 at 7:56am

    Loved Blackbird in Chicago, one of the best meals of 2005. Weber Grill was the perfect place to take a large group after the SC/ND Game…the kitchen is open, and yes, they cook on Weber Grills

  • Dianka said:
    May 23rd, 2006 at 11:26am

    I lived in Chicago last year and what a food mecca- I miss it so much. Blackbird is for sure one of the best. My favorite though was TRU… best meal I’ve ever had. Alinea was great too. Thanks for the article, Pim!

  • Finicky said:
    May 23rd, 2006 at 5:48pm

    Given what I can glean of your culinary standards, I doubt you would be impressed by either Alinea or Moto (the first is flashier, and the latter is sort of WD50-light).

  • kimchee said:
    May 23rd, 2006 at 7:05pm

    I went to Chicago for a job interview recently and my travel was not paid for, but I did it for the feasting potential. It was great. I chose TRU since I don’t eat meat (but do seafood) and stuffed myself all around that city in 3 short days. It was definitely worth it even though I didn’t get the job.

  • David L said:
    May 24th, 2006 at 12:05am

    Paris??

  • Jess said:
    May 24th, 2006 at 5:28am

    I’ve just booked a flight to Chicago for my friend’s wedding in August. Guess what I’ll be doing after?!
    Bon voyage, Pim. Have a macaron at Pierre Herme for me.

  • Suzi said:
    May 27th, 2006 at 8:37am

    I spent a very happy four months in Chicago eating far too much food. Having eaten at Alinea in the first couple of weeks of its life and never since, I was left with the view that Trio was better. But I still had a meal at Alinea that amazed me. Moto is way out there, but still very delicious and probably the most innovative restaurant in the US. Avenues just isn’t worth mentioning in the same breath. He’s just got a good PR and is cooking in the right city…

  • shuna fish lydon said:
    May 27th, 2006 at 3:16pm

    I would go to Alinea with you, perhaps we go to Chicago for a weekend? But of course aside from all this fancy stuff we will also need to get some real ribs, for that is what Chicago is truly known for.

  • Lance Martin said:
    June 1st, 2006 at 4:50am

    I had great meals at Blackbird and Alinea last week. At Alinea, we did the full Tour with wine. Wow! I have the Blackbird meal and the Alinea 24-course blow-by-blow detailed on my blog. Wonderfully relaxed, casual, and unpretentious service at both places. Alinea 3x cost of Blackbird.

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