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The only two dishes I'm really looking forward to are the salmon cones and the oysters and pearls. those were my favorite dishes are per se and i'd bet they will be my favorite dishes at tfl

And if you ever find yourself in DC, try Restaurant Eve's homage to the oysters and pearls dish, the 000.
post #32 of 198
I went to FL a couple of years ago and it sucks to hear that the quality is not up to snuff. Service and food were both excellent in my experience. I think if you sent an email or called and complained (which I think is justified at $270/person) they would comp you another trip back and *hopefully* rectify the error. Worked when I did that at some of the Las Vegas establishments.

I do remember thinking at the time of the meal, though, that Charlie Trotter's > French Laundry
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I went to FL a couple of years ago and it sucks to hear that the quality is not up to snuff. Service and food were both excellent in my experience. I think if you sent an email or called and complained (which I think is justified at $270/person) they would comp you another trip back and *hopefully* rectify the error. Worked when I did that at some of the Las Vegas establishments.

I do remember thinking at the time of the meal, though, that Charlie Trotter's > French Laundry

this is a good idea. just drop a note.
Charlie Trotter's? eaten there a couple of times and never have seen the appeal.
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- B
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- B

maybe 5 years ago.
post #36 of 198
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Charlie Trotter's? eaten there a couple of times and never have seen the appeal.
+1. It's okay, but nothing special at all, IMO. It never comes to mind anymore when I'm thinking about where to plan to eat in Chicago.
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FG, have you been able to venture into Alinea yet?
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FG, have you been able to venture into Alinea yet?
have not but i want to. grant is a really good guy ... knew him a bit when he was working for tk in the beginning. the only time i've had his food was at tfl 10th anniversary. was kind of weird, one of those assemblages where you're supposed to smell something while you're eating something. i was sitting next to tk's dad, a retired marine drill sergeant, who was drinking a beer and looking like "WTF?"
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I will be doing one of my now famous non reviews of Alinea in a few weeks.
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have not but i want to. grant is a really good guy ... knew him a bit when he was working for tk in the beginning. the only time i've had his food was at tfl 10th anniversary. was kind of weird, one of those assemblages where you're supposed to smell something while you're eating something. i was sitting next to tk's dad, a retired marine drill sergeant, who was drinking a beer and looking like "WTF?"
I found that stuff to be incredibly interesting in the Alinea setting. I don't know what the tfl 10th dinner was like, but it would seem weird for Achatz to do it if it was something that wouldn't be well received in that context. Anyway, if you make it to Chicago, you can sleep on my couch. I know it's hard out there for us gangsters.
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I will be doing one of my now famous non reviews of Alinea in a few weeks.

And I will be +1ing it.
post #41 of 198
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I found that stuff to be incredibly interesting in the Alinea setting. I don't know what the tfl 10th dinner was like, but it would seem weird for Achatz to do it if it was something that wouldn't be well received in that context.

i think it was a bit of "separation from parent" ... i think he really wanted to do something that was different than what the other chefs were doing and that would impress thomas.
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maybe 5 years ago.
I think that overall, food everywhere was a bit better five years ago. I have no idea whether it's a trend or some sort of cyclical thing. - B
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I think that overall, food everywhere was a bit better five years ago.

I have no idea whether it's a trend or some sort of cyclical thing.


- B
Surely chefs prepare something special for you upon your arrival, instead of letting their lowly sous or chef de cuisine cook, right? Don't they know who they are dealing with?
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I think that overall, food everywhere was a bit better five years ago.

I have no idea whether it's a trend or some sort of cyclical thing.


- B

It's probably the creeping socialism...
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It's probably the creeping socialism...
You are like a broken record that was never any good. Think Styx. Domo arigato.
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