Alinea | $210 | Strong Buy
File under inevitable: Chicago’s Alinea last week hiked the price of its only dinner menu to $210 per person, a $15 hike from $190. That price gets you about 18-20 courses of Grant Achatz’s three-michelin starred, avant-garde mayhem. The (excellent) wine pairings, which servers recommend to most tables, generally start at $150. So after pairings, 11% sales tax and 18% tip, the REAL COST of dinner will be about $464 for one, $929 for two, or $1,858 for four. Wanna check it out? There is no availability through the end of August. Based on my recent review for Bloomberg, I’ll rate Alinea a STRONG BUY. Recall that the Lincoln Park eatery, which is co-owned by the very cool Nick Kokonas, used to serve a longer $225 option as well, which it discontinued last year. (Source for hike: Alinea’s website and telephone reservationist).