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Molecular Gastronomy Restaurants deserving of Time and Money?

Spireup | Mar 13, 201411:48 PM

Unless you're in Chicago — which I am not. And I'm not driving 9 hours one way any time soon either even though I would love for my first experience to be one of the pioneers of this genre: Grant Achatz.

But I *will* be in the Bay area willing to drive an hour outside of the Bay Area and even 4-5 hours south since it's already on the itinerary.

Thoughts/Suggestions? I'm absolutely an open minded foodie but I'll be with a friend who is open minded but not necessarily a foodie even though I think they are and just don't know it yet. So I need it to be worth their while more so than me if that makes sense.

I'm all in for the experience. Price is a serious consideration. I'm expecting $110 as a minimum per person — any more please state cost/ Wine pairings are not necessary but again would like to know cost above and beyond meal.

Hoping for my first time to not disappoint!

Thoughts? Suggestions? Please elaborate...

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