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Another Alinea Accolade; New Middle Eastern Spot Heading to Lakeview; More

Plus Takashi on the "Top Chef Duels" finale and David Posey at The Garage.

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Barry Brecheisen

LINCOLN PARK—TripAdvisor handed Alinea another accolade today, as voters named it the No. 1 restaurant in the the U.S. and No. 5 in the world in the third annual Travelers' Choice Restaurants. The Girl and Goat came in at No. 25 on the U.S. list. [Trip Advisor]

LAKEVIEW—Albany Park's Hala In, a storefront kitchen specializing in Middle Eastern cuisine inspired by family recipes, has secured a second spot at 2852 N. Clark. Expect more of their Palestinian-influenced shawermas, kebabs, and falafel with an emphasis on delivery and takeout. [EaterWire]

BUCKTOWN/RIVER NORTH—Chef Takaski Yagihashi will be on the finale of Bravo's "Top Chef Duels" tomorrow and both Takashi and Slurping Turtle will host viewing parties with multi-course prix-fixe menus, taste tests, and trivia questions. Reservations required. [EaterWire]

WEST LOOP—Fans of French cuisine are invited to join The Garage on Thursday for former Blackbird chef de cuisine David Posey's bistro-style lunch and dinner menus. Posey plans to serve an array of classic French street food for lunch (croque monsieur, buckwheat crepes, Lyonnaise salad, pomme frites) and a five-course wine-paired dinner. Lunch is open to the public, and inquiries for dinner reservations should be directed to [EaterWire]

—Stephanie Sack

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