I'm no foodie, but a 35 year business career has taken me to some of the finest food emporiums all over the globe. Nothing has even come close to the epicurean delight I experienced at chef Grant Achatz's majestic Alinea. It didn't merely shatter expectations for a restaurant, it was one of my great life experiences, period.
Midway through her dinner, Jennifer Swartz looked up to her dining partner and exclaimed, "Hands-down the best meal of my life." Swartz had been meaning to make reservations at Atelier for a number of months and wasn't disappointed in her August visit despite entering Marc Lepine's restaurant with lofty expectations.
One of the most costly expenses for travellers on vacation is food. As a result, what tends to happens is that they'll end up becoming more picky about where they eat on the road because they want to satisfy their hunger -- both for food and for a great dining experience. "Will the food be worth it?" is a question that takes on greater importance when you only have a few days in a place but "how do I stretch my budget and experience the best of local culture?" is another question many travellers ask.