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Alinea is Now Number 10 on World’s 50 Best Restaurants List

Congratulations to all at Alinea Restaurant!

All of your dedication and hard work has paid off, once again! This just in from

Alinea (1723 N. Halsted St., 312-867-0110) is the 10th best restaurant in the world, according to the 2009 S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, published by Restaurant Magazine.

Alinea, which made its debut at #36 back in 2007 (it was the highest-ranked newcomer that year) and jumped 15 points to #21 last year, leaped another 11 places to reach 10th place this year.

Shockingly, Charlie Trotter’s (816 W. Armitage Ave., 773-248-6228), which has been included on every 50 Best list since the rankings began in 2002, did not make the top 50 this year. Trotter’s was the 38th-ranked restaurant in 2008.

For the fourth straight year, the top two restaurants are the same: El Bulli, Ferran Adria’s acclaimed restaurant near Barcelona is #1, and the United Kingdom’s Fat Duck remained #2.

Eight U.S. restaurants made the list, tying France as the most-represented countries on the list, two of them by Thomas Keller: Per Se, in New York City (the highest-ranking American at #6), and French Laundry (#12) in Yountville, CA.

You can find the complete list at

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