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Alinea and then ?? Trotter or L20 or ?


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Alinea and then ?? Trotter or L20 or ?

willyum | | Apr 1, 2011 02:43 PM

Out of towner, flying in mainly to dine, and have a rez for Alinea, our 2nd time there and our favorite restaurant anywhere.

Thinking of adding a 2nd night but not sure where to eat. Normally if a city has two Michelin 3 stars we'd try both, like a recent trip to Napa where we hit Meadowood and French Laundry on consecutive nights. Especially if the resto just rose to 3* I'd figure they were on a roll and likely to keep it up (like Meadowood, which was excellent).

But I guess the chef that drove L20 to 3* left last fall minutes after the 3* announcement. Looks like it's mostly seafood, sort of like Le Bernardin in NYC perhaps? We've dined at Le Bernardin on the two longer dinner menus and it was fine but maybe we missed the variety of places like Alinea and TFL as we aren't eager to return.

As for Trotter's, I have read the posts that feel he's lost a bit of his edge but I have a couple of his cookbooks and have really enjoyed several of the receipes that I was able to cook successfully. I think we would probably enjoy the longer degustation menu, which seems similar to say Jean-Georges in NYC with the Asian influences, right? Most of the complaints seem to be about the service?

Also I see an A10 Wagyu item on the Singular menu at L20 ... anyone had that, and if so how was it? We only tasted wagyu twice; at Alinea it was apparently the Japanese stuff before the embargo, cooked sous vide, and the best piece of meat I ever had ... 2nd time was at Alex in Vegas and it was domestic (Snake River Farms) wagyu and depressingly mediocre ... if I thought the L20 wagyu was similar to the Alinea wagyu (realizing it might not be on the menu in 2 months when we are coming out) that would be a strong point for L20.

Anyway, your thoughts are welcomed, especially if you've dined at both L20 and Trotter's ... especially if you've dined at L20 after L. Gras left.


1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614