My friend and fellow–though fancier– eater, Seattle Times food writer Nancy Leson is just back from the Windy City, and telling wide-eyed tales of exotic dinners. Nance and her fellow Times gastro-journalist Providence Cicero lucked into reservations at two of the top restaurants in the country, if not the world.
They dined at Alinea and Next, and she says they were two of the best meals of her life. For a person who eats as fancy as Nancy that's saying plenty. The dishes sounded pretty good to me, with a few exceptions like the venison heart tartare, which I would call "food as a dare", but which Nancy fell upon from a great height.
"Great restaurants are, of course, nothing but mouth brothels. There's no point in going to them if one intends to keep his belt buckled."
– Frederic Raphael