Filed under: Dining
Grant Achatz, the founding chef behind Chicago's Alinea, has gotten in the habit of taking home at least one big award and getting in the top ten of some big restaurant list every year. Now his gourmet establishment has taken home an award that we might say no one saw coming: Chicago magazine has named the six-year-old Alinea the best restaurant in Chicago, ever. That's right – ever.
For now we'll put that in the "Them's Big Words" file, but the award is out now and there's no taking it back. Second place went to a restaurant that closed three years ago, Le Francais, and third went to Charlie Trotter's. The breadth of the list, however, couldn't be better exemplified than by noting that Pizzeria Uno came in at number ten. Regardless, congratulations to Mr. Achatz and his molecular gastronomy team.