Chicago Claims Half Of Nation’s Most Expensive Restaurants

CHICAGO (CBS) — Half of the nation’s 10 most expensive restaurants are in Chicago.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Pat Cassidy reports, Grant Achatz’s molecular gastronomy destination Alinea, 1720 N. Halsted St., ranked No. 4 on the list of the 25 most expensive restaurants, as ranked by

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The average check at Alinea is a staggering $736, and even the price for just the prix fixe menu is $210, Bundle reported.

The soon-to-close Charlie Trotter’s, at 816 W. Armitage Ave., came in at No. 5 on the list, with an average check of $666 and a prix fixe price of $160. Trotter announced earlier this month that he plans to close his restaurant in August after 25 years, and leave the business to pursue a master’s degree in philosophy and political theory.

Coming in at No. 7 on the Bundle list is Tru, 676 N. St. Clair St., where the average check is $558 and the prix fixe price is $145. Les Nomades, 222 E. Ontario St., is No. 8, also with an average check of $558, but a slightly cheaper prix fixe menu of $130. And at No. 10, Everest, 1 S. Financial Pl., has an average check of $546 and a prix fixe price of $110.

Only two restaurants in New York are on the list, although one of them Per Se at Columbus Circle, outranks any Chicago restaurant with an average check of $883. Coming in at No. 1 is the French Laundry in Yountville, Calif., in Napa Valley, where the average check is $957 and the prix fixe price is $270.

  • Jake

    The top 1% have to eat somewhere!

    • Afro

      They took it down lol here it is again.

      Chicago has half the Nations everything ie welfare recipients, crime, druggies, gang bangers, democrat liberals, and ni gg ers.

    • InalienableWrights

      And this is something to be proud of?

      Sounds like some people have stolen so much money that they have to pee it away somewhere.

  • NWA

    You can add White racist also.


  • Anglo-Saxon

    You sure have that one right, Mr. Afro. If we could just eliminate those six things, imagine how peaceful society would be!!! S.O.S.

    • THEE Yard Ape

      @ Anglo & ‘fro – Indeed !!! Makes one proud to live here, no?? LOL !!!!

  • Anglo-Saxon

    Apparently, some ass hole was offended by a comment made by Mr. Afro. I’m sick of CBS deleting people’s opinions. S.O.S.

    • InalienableWrights

      I agree. I was probably a CBS hit team. :-) But if we want the truth we would go to

      • Anglo-Saxon

        @InalienableWrights, Why would we want to go to some low life propaganda website. If we want the truth, we’ll just listen to the Rush Limbaugh show!!!!

  • Toonces

    That’s silly, Jake; ever heard of celebrating a special occasion?

  • Toonces

    Tell that to Obama, NWA.

  • tom Sharp

    It’s only logical. After all Chicago has more crooked politicians and mobsters that can afford the inflated meals than New York.

  • Centurion

    All those restaurants have one thing in common….all cooks are MEXICAN.
    If Mexicans decided to stay home for 3 whole days. Who will cook your food at these expensive restaurants? Who will clean at those over priced HILTONS AND HYATTS? Who will be NANNYING your overly entitled brats?
    Charlie Trotters? PFFFTT! That place should be called Carlos and Jose’s cause those 2 guys did all the cooking. For $11 per hour too.

  • franklin808

    I am the top 2% income level and I like to eat big. The problem is my weight used to be over 300 pounds. With exercise at a socialist government funded health club, I am down to about 250 pounds.

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