Friday, May 7, 2010

Chicago Restaurant Review

My last post was showing the food tour that Page and I went on in the Chicago. I am going to talk a little today about two of the restuarnts we also tried while she was in town.

We wanted to try Frontera Grill, 445 North Clark. Rick Bayless is an exceptional chef and we knew we would not be disappointed. We arrived at 4:50 and got in line, which was around the block. When we got inside, we were given a wait time of 1 1/2 to 2 hours! We added our name and went off to shop in the area.

After a little time, we went back to Fontera Grill to wait. We were finally seated at 7:00. We ordered an appetizer of Queso Fundido Clasico which is Samuels artisanal Jack cheese with garlicky roasted peppers, homemade chorizo sausage and oregano. It came with homemade tortillas which were out of this world. This was a great appetizer! For dinner I ordered the Enchiladas de Chivo al Cascabel which is described as homemade tortillas rolled around Kilgus Brothers Boer goat barbacoa, roasted tomato and caramelized onions, Cascabel-tomato sauce, queso anejo, arugula salad and it was served with black beans. I was a little thrown off by the goat. Ok, I was scared. It's a goat. I knew people as a kid that had them as pets, but it was really good. It had a nice flavor to it and the cascabel-tomato sauce was great. It has a little heat to it, but it gives the goat a wonderful flavor. Page had the Falda Asada "Brava" which is described as a spicy serrano-marinated grass fed flank steak with spicy salsa huevona (hand-crushed, grill-roasted tomatoes, jalapenos). Grilled knob onions and sweet corn tamales (topped with homemade sour cream and fresh cheese. I tried her steak and it was good, a little chewy, but flank steak normally is, but it was soo good. One other suggestion would be the Mojitos. Wow! They were great and a bit strong.

The following morning we started our day of shopping with a hearty breakfast at 3rd Coast Cafe and Wine Bar, at 1260 North Dearborn Parkway. I have eaten breakfast at this restaurant many times and we love going there. Their eggs benedict is wonderful as is the stuffed french toast. Stop in and have a nice breakfast in a great little place.

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