This past weekend Kevin and I had a fun little Chicago weekend. One of the parts of the weekend that Kevin was really looking forward to was getting to go to one of the many restaurants that are still on our "To Eat" list. Since it was Kevin's turn to pick the restaurant he decided on Frontera Grill.
For a long time now Kevin has been saying we need to visit the Rick Bayless restaurant but the past number of times we've been in the city we've been in different neighborhoods. This weekend ended up being perfect since not only were we staying a 7 minute walk from Frontera Grill but it was also the start of Chicago Restaurant Week 2016. Going to a place during restaurant week has been a goal of mine for a while since the prix fix menus allow you to eat at some very upscale and popular Chicago restaurants for a great price.
I decided to go with the Restaurant Week menu, while Kevin decided on ordering from the regular menu.
I ended up really enjoying the Smoky Winter Salad. It was roasted root vegetables sunflower shoots topped with a cilantro mayo and smoked queso fresco. While there was a bit of heat, I think from the mayo the combination of everything was a perfect bite.
For Kevin's main course he enjoyed the Tacos Arabes. Which were grilled pork with caramelized onions and cucumbers. There was also a spicy chipotle salsa and creamy jocoque sauce. I ended up stealing some of the jocoque sauce and the black beans to use with my duck and they were both fantastic.
From my menu I chose the Duck Tlatonile.Chili rubbed with braised spaghetti squash and spinach. It was wonderful. The duck was tender and moist, just a little hint of heat from the rub. Served with tortillas to make a wonderful taco. Yes I went rogue and added the beans and sauce, for me I think they both helped to mellow out the spice.
We ended the dinner by splitting the Pineapple Sopa de Frutas. It was a lovely little refreshing bite to end our evening. Frontera Grill was definitely a hit with us!
Have you been to Frontera? What would you recommend?