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Chicago Claims Half Of Nation’s Most Expensive Restaurants

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In the kitchen at Alinea, 1723 N. Halsted St. (Credit: CBS)

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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 Bundle.com.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Pat Cassidy reports

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.

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