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- 86%Luxury Travelers
- 73%Local Culture
- 62%Art & Design Lovers
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- TopolobampoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Jun 27, 2014
One of the best Mexican spots in the US. Rick Bayless is a celeb chef and actually delivers. Definitely not traditional Mexican. This is haute cuisine served on white table cloths with wine pairings. For a more relaxed, lively, comfort food menu opt for Frontera Grill next door. The restaurants share the same kitchen but offer different menus and Frontera is a little easier on the budget.Recommended for:
- TopolobampoMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesGreen Travelers+ 3Jun 11, 2014
This was my last meal in Chicago and I couldn't be more pleased with the food. For $55, I got to choose 3 dishes from Rick Bayless' dynamic menu (+2 mini extras). I started with the perfectly pan-seared cod with octopus and clam. The highlight of the dish though is the depth of the picante mole broth. They even give tortillas to mop up the deliciousness. 2nd, I had the gamey and decadent lamb porchetta! Again, it was the pumpkin mole sauce that really made the dish. Lastly, for dessert, I had the moist bread pudding with blackberry brandy sorbet sprinkled with crunchy macadamia nuts presented on a beautiful ti leaf. The meal was balanced and complex but not overwhelming.Recommended for:
- TopolobampoAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Jan 21, 2013
This is the more formal restaurant of Rick Bayless serving upscale Mexican regional cuisine and the only one that takes reservations. While I prefer eating at his first restaurant Frontera more, I like being able to have the reservation and, therefore, no wait to sit down. The food is top-notch and will silence anyone doubting the ability for Mexican food to be upscale. It's a great way to explore beyond just tacos. His ceviches are great, and you can never go wrong with any mole. Their is usually a menu devoted to a particular region to consider as well.
- TopolobampoJul 19, 2012
Big, big fan of anything Rick Bayless does. I wish he would follow me to New York and open a restaurant here, but alas that won't be the case (and I respect his rationale).
Probably the best Mexican food I've had. They prepped a vegetarian tasting menu for us. It was spring so lots of nettles, cactus leaves and fiddlehead ferns. Prompted a love of early spring vegetables for meRecommended for:
- TopolobampoMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFamily TravelersGreen TravelersFirst to ReviewJan 21, 2014
Exceptional Mexican food. Everything was better than expected, including cocktails. Lunch wasn't too busy, though I hear it gets much busier at dinner. Next time I'm in Chicago, I plan to go here and XOCO (or maybe XOCO and Frontera too - then I'll get the hat trick, right?)