Last time we were in Chicago we went to their sister restaurant Topolobampo. This time we picked Frontera for our last lunch before heading back to the airport. It was a great lunch and wished we had such a great restaurant in our area. We started with a very refreshing melon and tomato salad marinated in lime and chili. Very delicious. We then had a very flavorful pork dish with their amazing black beans. I have never had a tastier black beans than theirs. Carne Asada was next. It was a red chile-marinated Creekstone Natural Black Angus rib steak, Black beans, sweet plantains with homemade crema and guacamole. We loved this dish very much. Chicago restaurants had the best steak everywhere we dined. Flan was OK and hot chocolate was pretty good.
Amuse of eggs and pepper
Lake Michigan Smelt
Beautiful and tasty lobster dish
The most delicious corn soup with Langoustine
Fish with green curry
Cheese course, Blue cheese and soda bread
We were facing this beautiful building
Pre dessert and it was fun
Raspberry and Chocolate dessert
We had our anniversary dinner here and it was a pleasant experience. When we dined here, they were in a transition of transferring the restaurants menu from the previous executive chef to Chef Thomas lents. The service was ***, the room was very large with a beautiful Chandelier hanging and we had a great view of Chicago skyline. We had the shorter tasting menu and the only course that didn’t excite us was the Amuse. Eggs and pepper? They could have done much better than that. Lake Michigan smelt was visually creative and tasty. They basically wanted to showcase the lake on that course. Lobster course was very good. My favorite course was the Corn soup with Langoustine. It was so delicious and luxurious. Actually the reason I picked this restaurant up, because I saw lobster and Langoustine on their menu. My husband had a fish dish with green curry and he enjoyed it. I had the veal plate that had veal in different forms. Veal sweet bread was my favorite of the plate. Last time I had sweet bread was years ago at Babbo and I didn’t like it at all. This version was completely different and delicious. Maybe because it was in little pieces or the quality was better. Veal Macaroni was the other component and tasted delicious. We then had a fun cheese course. It was a very nice blue cheese with fried soda bread and Raspberry gel. Unfortunately I didn’t take notes on this dinner and from what I remember I preferred the chocolate dessert to the other one. It was a great experience and I noticed they have increased the price of their tasting menus this year. What else is new in the restaurant business. I still kick my self for canceling our reservation at Alinea years ago due to insomnia and nerves. Good luck getting a reservation now and paying for it!!
We had their Breakfast Prix Fixe and it came with juice, Coffee/tea, Pastry basket and a main dish. The Baker’s basket was the best part of the meal. It had nice assortment of Croissant, Pain Au Chocolat , Pain Aux Raisins and mini Baguette. My lobster omelet was fine. I basically ate the lobster and skipped most of the egg. My husband’s Steak and Eggs was OK. After the great steak dishes we had the day before, it was kind of a disappointment. The breakfast Potatoes that came with our dishes was very good. Service was professional.
The food was very good, but the service was terrible. Our server basically dropped the plates of food in front of us. I had never seen such a bad service anywhere.
Now to the food. We started with a delicious scallop dish, seared perfectly. I had to ask about our Heirloom tomatoes and Burrata salad. It appeared after the scallop dish and it was good. We then had a very delicious steak with the most fragrant and flavorful peach. It was a nice combination and I love fruit in everything. I was telling my husband that all I want for dessert is a plate of that Peach!! Guess what they had a peach crostata and the best part about that dessert was the Peach.
We loved this place and lined up before they opened up for lunch. I wish we had a place like this in the LA area.
We started with Artichokes and Potatoes and it was very flavorful. Next was the very refreshing watermelon with mint and cheese. Really great dish and perfect to cool you down on a hot summer day. Sweet corn and Mushrooms dish was pretty good. Eggplant parm balls were nice and rich. The highlight was the most delicious Wagyu steak, so tender and beefy. Great first lunch in Chicago.
We started our first breakfast right and went to Floriole. I enjoyed the Ham & Cheese Croissant and it reminded me of the one from Tartine. There is no surprise there because Sandra Holl, was trained at Tartine. My husband enjoyed his Blueberry Galette, but it was on the sweet side for me. We also got a few things to go. Gateau Basque was delicious and it was Almond butter cake filled with pastry cream and fruit.
After visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art, we walked all the way to this restaurant in a hot and humid day. It was a long walk and we were starving since this was our first meal of the day after flying in to Chicago. As we walked in to the air conditioned restaurant we felt much better. we started with the peach salad and that was a nice refreshing start. Fava and Pecorino was really good also. Spaghetti neri was homemade black spaghetti, mussels, clams, shrimp, calamari, san marzano tomatoes and red peeper flakes. It was a nice seafood pasta. We really enjoyed Tagliolini Con Gamberi. It was Thin ribbon pasta tossed with shrimp, garlic, arugula, brandy and tomatoes. The sauce was delicious and the shrimps were cooked perfectly. Fetttucine Con Popettine came with a ragu of roasted peppers, spring onions, eggplant, lamb meatballs, pine nuts and golden raisins. This was my least favorite pasta dish and it was on the sweet side. Pasta with veal ragu was very good and we added the summer truffle to this dish but it didn’t add anything to it. All the pasta dishes were half portioned!! They sure give you a lot of food for your money in Chicago and it was a nice first dinner in this beautiful city.