|The endive salad at Roister; beets stained the endive red|
The last couple of times I've gone to Chicago, I've tried to get reservations at Alinea. One time, the entire staff was in Spain while the restaurant underwent a reboot. The other times, we just haven't been able to score a reservation.
We went for lunch, since we had a 3:30 flight home (that left at 8pm, but that's another story). Portions are small, and expensive (the tasting menu at Alinea is $275) but since it was just barely noon, we saved money by not sampling any of the excellent sounding cocktails.
We shared avocado toast with an English muffin grilled in that open fire and everything butter on top. It was delicious.
|Grits with scallops|
Finally, we shared grits, with scallops, egg yolk sauce and parmesan. Bit salty, but quite tasty.
That was it for the vegetarian (or pescetarian) portion of the limited menu; there's also a fried bologna sandwich and a friend chicken sandwich. Or, if you're feeling flush, a $53 Japanese hamburger.
Somehow, just with coffee and the automatic 20% service charge, we spent over $70 on lunch.
But I'd definitely return for drinks and appetizers.