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Alinea Snags Another Accolade

By Erin in Food on Sep 20, 2006 6:23PM

We're going to make this short and sweet: Gourmet Magazine has named Alinea the best place to eat in America.

2006_09_alinea.gifChicagoist loves Alinea, to be sure, but the best restaurant to eat at in the entire country? Not the best new restaurant but the best restaurant overall. The magazine says that Grant Achatz is "redefining the American restaurant once again for an entirely new generation." We'd agree with that, but do his culinary stylings make for the best restaurant in the whole nation?

We're playing devil's advocate more than anything here as we don't have a bone to pick with the place. Anyone else out there have an opinion on this new designation for Achatz? Do you think Charlie Trotter is seething in his lavender-cured pork belly a block away?