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October 31, 2013 10:41 AM   Subscribe

Real Kitchen as Alinea -- This Halloween, Chicago take-out cafe Real Kitchen is dressing up as modernist Michelin-starred restaurant Alinea.
posted by neroli (13 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
It is very weird to see a place that is in the same strip mall as "your" 7-11 on the Blue.

(The food at the 'real' Real Kitchen is actually quite good.)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:49 AM on October 31, 2013 [3 favorites]

Man do I love this.
posted by foodgeek at 10:59 AM on October 31, 2013

It's a nice send up of the molecular gastronomy fad with deconstruction and edible art. I love how it still gets that essential fine dining experience about being able to brag to your friends about how you scored a really awesome reservation but now you can eat in the comfort of your own home.
posted by vuron at 10:59 AM on October 31, 2013

Ha! Love it! Not sure why it's Halloween instead of April Fools, but maybe it's a Chicago thing.

I think it was Next Iron Chef where Ming Tsai was always making "deconstructed waffles/spaghetti/whatever" and it just drove me nuts. And he lost.

The dessert to-go reminded me of TGI Friday's Cookies & Cream with Oreo Cookie Crust served to-go.
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 11:01 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]

Not sure why it's Halloween instead of April Fools, but maybe it's a Chicago thing.

Yes, kinda sorta. One restaurant, Lula Cafe, has "dressed up" for Halloween for many years. I am not aware of anybody else doing it before now, however.
posted by JimInLoganSquare at 11:25 AM on October 31, 2013

Also, that dessert scene is a direct riff on something Alinea at least used to do.
posted by JimInLoganSquare at 11:33 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]

I loved the announcer stuttering when they brought out the krazy glue.
posted by mrbill at 12:22 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]

GOM the thing they reveal at 2:06 is some serious serial killer shit. God help us if the next Jeffrey Dahmer learns about molecular gastronomy.
posted by ignignokt at 12:46 PM on October 31, 2013

My favorite was when Ritual Roasters dressed as Zombie Starbucks employees for Halloween
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 1:05 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]

Love it. MCMikeNamara, we must be neighbors--that's "my" strip mall too.

Chicago restaurants Lula and Fat Rice are teaming up for a special halloween treat this year as well.
posted by hal incandenza at 1:19 PM on October 31, 2013

That's awesome. Incidentally, Fat Rice is off-the-charts deliciousness. If I end up on death row, my final meal will be the Arroz Gordo dish from that joint. $42 and worth every penny.
posted by naju at 1:48 PM on October 31, 2013

I liked the video even more when I finally figured out that the young woman of the couple was Jamie, our server last week at Gather in Lincoln Square.

Quick mind, expressive smile, perfect mix of informative service and fun interaction. The food was already good, but she elevated the experience.
posted by Short Attention Sp at 2:53 PM on October 31, 2013

Alinea has a sense of humor too. Previously. Not as funny as the perfectly parodied dessert created on the counter then squeegeed into a to-go container, but still.
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