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Rick Bayless is the celebrity chef who did so much to liberate Mexican food from the culinary barrios in the 1980s and early 1990s. Frontera is perhaps his most famous restaurant. My friends who have been coming here for years tell me that theGrill has lost some of the edge which it once enjoyed, but for an out-of-towner from the Mexican food dessert of the Lake Superior northwoods, there is some excellent eating to be had here. This is a very popular place, and there always seems to be a happy crowd here. Frontera has a beautiful colored dining room that puts you in the mood of the Yucatan, something which is especially attractive on one of those dreary Chicago winter days. (Frontera is next door to a "sister" restaurant, Topolobambo, which shares its kitchen but has a decidely more formal and elegant ambience.)

(Frontera Grill received a "Bib Gourmand" in the 2012 Michelin Guide to Chicago Restaurants.)

Favorite Dish: Try the fish! It's always fresh and interestingly prepared. And although it's not exactly a dish, Frontera is justly famous for their tasty margaritas.

Address: 445 N. Clark
Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: River North
Phone: 312-661-1434
Price: US$11-20
Rating: 4
Theme: Mexican

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 26, 2013
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