Well, I must say the food here really is fantastic and it truly is an experience. Highlights were the black truffle 'explosion', the chicken skin crisp and trout roe. The only course that didn't deliver was the sweetbreads. Some plates had up to 32 different flavors which looked great on the plate and usually married well together. The kitchen was pristine and very quiet. My only real complaint was our wine guy. I know there's a fancy name for them but I call him 'the wine guy'. He was so stuffy it was brutal. Each word was so rehearsed and I dreaded each time he came to our table. Other than that, Alinea was worth it. It's expensive but worth having once. They are doing some pretty amazing things there.