Alinea Takes No. 6 Among World’s Best Restaurants

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago’s Alinea has won a new distinction, this time as the highest-ranked U.S. eatery on the list of the 50 Best Restaurants in the World.

Alinea, at 1723 N. Halsted St., moved up a notch to No. 6 on the list, which is compiled by Restaurant Magazine and San Pellegrino.

The next U.S. restaurant on the list, Per Se at the Time Warner Centre in New York, doesn’t come in until No. 10.

Topping the list is Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark, for the second year in a row. Coming next, in order, are El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, Mugaritz in Errenteria, Spain, Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy; and the Fat Duck in Berkshire, England.

Chef Grant Achatz operates Alinea, and his ultramodern cooking style at the restaurant has come to define the molecular gastronomy movement.

The James Beard Foundation honored Achatz with its award as the nation’s top chef in 2008.

That year, Achatz was diagnosed with Stage 4 tongue cancer and underwent aggressive treatment to save his life and sense of taste. By the end of the year, he was cancer free.

In 2006, Gourmet magazine named Alinea the best restaurant in America.

  • molecular gastronomy movement

    HUH ? Ya, I will take a double chee burger, no tomatoe…. Give me a fricking break !! ya top 6 among world ? Sad that less then 1% of Chicago can afford to eat there….

    Classic !!!

    • empirical

      MOLECULAR GASTRONOMY MOVEMENT: Where did you get your stats? You get what you pay for. Considering the demographics of the city I doubt even 85% of the residents would have the culinary imagination to want to eat there.

  • get what i pay for ?

    your an idiot !! r u for real ?

    culinary imagination to want to eat there. ?? what stats r u speaking of numb ? Did u read or can u read the article ?

    see you at wendys or maybe in your case browns chicken ?

  • empirical

    come down off your high horse. this chi NOT LA or FLA chump….Put that in your gas guzzling SUV along with your blackberry & cell phone and smoke it!!!

    culinary imagination ? PLEEEEEEEZEEE u friggin moron !

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