For my birthday, my husband surprised me with tickets to Chicago. To that, he added two additional surprises: 1) the trip would be during freezing cold February and 2) he also made reservations for us to Alinea.
You see, we might not have met if it wasn’t for Alinea. Before we met, I was doing some research on what’s consistently considered the best restaurant in America, and landed on his post about his experience at Alinea. At around the exact same time, he was googling for a lamb recipe and landed on my post: Olive Stuffed Leg of Lamb with Fig and Cherry Compote. (As a side note, we eventually made the dish together, which felt a bit surreal.) That’s how we initially connected, which led to this, this. this, this, and most recently, this.
So due to Alinea’s significance, Pete surprised me with this trip. But before I write about that memorable meal, here is a snapshot of our other best restaurant meals in Chicago.
Stay tuned for my experiences at Alinea and Aivary, coming soon.
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