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Toadying the Chefs.

Pheasant at Alinea.

Forget politics for a minute, let's talk food. My top ten restaurants, most in Chicago or Paris where I've spent more time doing serious eating.
  • 10. Moscow Marriott Room Service. A scoop of beluga the size of your fist for the cost of a room service cheeseburger.
  • 9. That Place Whose Name I Can't Remember. Free-range foie gras raised on the premises. It's in France, on the Luxembourg border. Go there and look around. Look for happy geese.
  • 8. Arun's. Forget anything you think you know about Thai food. This is where Charlie Trotter takes out-of-town guests.
  • 7. Spiaggia. Beautiful room, beautiful view, imaginative tasting menus, amazing cheese tray.
  • 6. Ducasse at Plaza Athenee. So smooth, so refined, so low-bullshit.
  • 5. The Inn at Little Washington. Psychic service. Think it, and it appears.
  • 4. Tru. The crystal staircase of caviar. Witty and cool.
  • 3. Michel Rostang. Truffle sandwiches. Sweet Jesus.
  • 2. Charlie Trotter. My personal God. The guy who opened my eyes.
  • 1. Alinea. Grant Achatz is the future of haute cuisine. Your life will never be the same.
Yep, I'm on a diet. Slightly obsessed with all I can't have.

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