Chicago IL 60610
Celebrity chef Rick Bayless doesn't want for fans; dine at this Chicago-based Mexican restaurant of his and you'll have a good idea why. The local- and organic-championing chef has a true award winner on his hands here (it took home a James Beard for "Outstanding Restaurant" in 2007), serving real-deal South-of-the-border fare in a casual setting. (He takes the idiom upscale at his Topolobampo, just next door.) — Maryse Chevriere, 2/18/2011
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Atop his pioneering casual Mexican place, chef Rick Bayless uses portable, self-watering containers to grow several varieties of tomatoes and chiles used in the "rooftop salsa.”
Rick Bayless’ place with two restaurants in one. Been going there for years. Great stuff and killer margaritas. -Dave Martin, Top Chef
This brunch from celeb chef Rick Bayless is not to be missed—too bad it’s served only on Saturdays. Be sure to check out the huevos “Fronterizos” with sausage and biscuits.
The Grill maintains a purist's approach to Mexican cuisine, much like its sister restaurant Topolobampo, but in a more casual setting. Try the grilled duck breast in a chile-corn-mushroom sauce.
Topolobampo is more sophisticated in decor than Bayless' Frontera Grill. The dishes at both have familiar names, but you won’t find them made with such superior ingredients and care anywhere else.
Have a margarita at the bar.
Try the mole. Trust me, even if you don't usually like mole, you will like this mole. Rick Bayless is a god of cuisine!
The lunch menu ($22) including mushroom empanadas with watercress salad, chicken or pork loin mole and a coconut tres leches cake with pineapple, all concocted with Rick Bayless' signature flair.
Frontera offers a vibrant slice of Mexico City, a place to chow down on ceviches, earthy mole, wood-grilled steak tucked into housemade tortillas and, of course, insanely good margaritas.
Expect stellar versions of Mexican classics like enchiladas, mole and flautas; spot-on ceviches; and, for Saturday brunch, white-corn pancakes with whipped goat cheese.
Order one of the three different regional tasting menus offered nightly with your date. You will get to take an appetizing tour of Mexico through regional dishes. - Inspector
The mojitos are amazing. And don't miss the queso fundido appetizer - chorizo, jack, fresh tortillas. Wow.
Grab a seat at the bar rather than wait for a table. The Solpitos are awesome.
skip the two hour wait for a table and eat at the bar... also order the ceviche and sopes appetizers
Their guac and ceviche are worth the trip!
I love Frontera grill !
Frontera’s main goal is to live “sustainably” everyday. Enjoy their delicious food while understanding their commitment and support to local farmers.
The mushroom queso fundido at Frontera goes beyond just melted cheese. They also have great tasting (not too sweet), really strong margaritas.
We made reservations 2 months in advance, were slightly concerned by the lack of familiarity of the menu, but very pleased with the food. And Rick was there meeting the guests! Thumbs way up!
high end Mexican inspired food that is always first rate from Rick Bayless of Top Chef. Great location as well.
Order the ceviche trio and bring a broom to sweep up the pieces of your brain that will break upon eating it.
Rick Bayless, the local- and organic-championing chef has a true award winner on his hands here, serving real-deal South-of-the-border fare in a casual setting.
The champagne margarita is AMAZING!
Rick Bayless' mexican haven is a Chicago institution spawning spinoffs around the globe of south of the border fare from street food to high end. [Eater 38 Member]