Located in Chicago, Alinea is listed among the top 50 restaurants in the world and No. 1 in North America. Chef Grant Achatz opened the restaurant in 2005, and it quickly became known for its quirky and inventive fare. The $140 to $200, 28-course meal at Alinea takes about five hours to eat. And don't be surprised if servers use tweezers to arrange your meal on your plate, offer you instructions on which item you should eat first and how long you should hold it in your mouth, or serve you smoldering leaves, according to The New York Times.
Chef Achatz battled tongue cancer in 2008, and temporarily lost his sense of taste. Happily, he is healthy today and his taste has returned.
Sample Menu Items
- Olive oil lollipops
- Ravioli with liquid-truffle filling
- Deconstructed peanut butter and jelly sandwich