Anything Goes Thread: 5 for fighting
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01-11-2013, 04:11 PM
Join Date: May 2010
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Here is a pic of the menu, if you can see it...
Wine pairing was $80, but he also offered many bottles that were as cheap as $40 for a bottle... as well as beers reasonably priced, or cocktails from $10-12 a piece.
Graham's place was much more inviting and comforting. When we were eating at Alinea, the waiters just sat in a corner watching you eat basically. It was kind of awkward. Graham's was more laid back, and jeans were acceptable. Alinea almost made you nervous not to **** up eating, if you ever can. Also, Alinea was extremely quiet and if you spoke even at a normal level all the other tables in your dining room could easily hear you. Graham had some music in the background, and the tables were so far away from each other that was never an issue. Also at Alinea when you asked to go to the bathroom, they literally escorted you. I'm perfectly fine with being told it's down the hall and to the right.
Not sure if maybe Graham's was so great because he was actually there or what, because his reviews online are filled with complaints about the food. Although I think a lot of people see him on TV and go "OMG I WANT TO EAT THERE" not really realizing exactly what kind of restaurant they're going to... and then see them later not really knowing how to properly identify courses in their review.
Couldn't pin one part of GE's as my favorite, it was all amazing. Atmosphere, service, food, and anything else you can think of. Absolutely top notch. Also liked that Graham was a little more daring with his ingredients. He used chicken hearts, foie gras, whole baby octopus, and powdered olive oil made in house. Alinea really didn't go too outside the box compared to what I was expecting. That's not to say their food wasn't top notch, I just expected a little more experimentation.
Awesome. Thanks for the review. Sounds like the atmosphere was far superior to that of Alinea's.
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