Chicago is such a foodie town so I immediately compiled my list of places to chow down at - Frontera, Alinea, Next, Tru, Graham Elliot ... all of which were nixed. And with good reason too. Either the places were super expensive, or had crazy long wait times. However, to appease me, my lovely friends found XOCO - a more casual Rick Bayless eatery.
guacamole & chips - Frontera guacamole, just-made chips, 2 salsas
shrimp and scallop ceviche, avocado
ahogada - golden pork carnitas, black beans, tomato broth, spicy arbol chile sauce, pickled onions
cochinita pibil - wood roasted suckling pig with achiote, black beans, pickled onion, habanero
Top Chef torta (Friday special) - braised beef tongue, chorizo, potatoes, avocado, salsa verde
homemade Mexican vanilla soft-serve, maple bacon pecan strudel, salted caramel
Rick Bayless sure knows his stuff. Everything was delicous and very well done - especially the ceviche and soft serve. Maple bacon. Salted Caramel. SWOON! The eatery is right next to Frontera, so if you try to get a table and they tell you walk-in wait time is 3.5 hours (true story), just walk on over to XOCO.
Thanks to Vanessa for the pictures - she has a much better camera and a more artistic eye than I do!
449 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654