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Eater National 38 member: Topolobampo succeeds because the dishes evoke the slow heat & spicy insinuations of rustic Mexican cooking: Bright, nuanced ceviches segue to beef tongue in pipian rojo. Mehr Infos
Eater National 38 member: Save room for dishes that draw from port cultures along spice routes, like okra and shrimp scented with curry leaves or piri-piri chicken lit up from tomato-peanut sauce.
Eater National 38 member: At some point in the evening, staffers guide guests to enjoy part of meal in another area on the property, perhaps the patio or in a former manure shed turned cozy enclave. Mehr Infos
Eater National 38 member: Pork and oyster dumpling is a bionic version broken down, reconstructed, and made more powerful. It’s an example of the edge on which knowledgeable diners want to dance. Mehr Infos
Eater National 38 member: Given how early gimmicks (like butterscotch bacon dangling from a wire gizmo) stuck in people’s heads, what might amaze most about a meal at Alinea is its accessibility. Mehr Infos
Eater National 38 member: Dinner may begin with whipped avocado paired with grapefruit gelée, climax with foie gras-stuffed quail alongside potato puree, and conclude with black pepper financier cake. Mehr Infos