We went up to Chicago this past weekend and I remembered that I never posted our amazing meal at Rick Bayless’ Frontera Grill on our previous trip up there earlier this summer. This was definitely one of the most fun Mexican meals I’ve ever had and the energetic atmosphere at this place was a huge highlight. We tried both the Blue Agave and the regular Gold margaritas, but preferred and stuck with the Gold for round two. As for the food, we were most impressed by the appetizers. The guacamole sets itself apart from the standard and is definitely worth getting.
The star of the meal was the assorted ceviche! Next time I will without a doubt get a huge platter of it just for myself. We tried the ceviche trio, which had a bit of the ceviche Fronterizo (lime-marinated Hawaiian albacore with tomatoes, olives, cilantro,and green chile), ceviche Yucateco (steamed Mexican blue shrimp and calamari tossed with lime, orange, habanero, avocado, jcama and cilantro) and the Coctel de Atun Tropical (sashimi-grade Hawaiian yellowfin tuna cocktail with chunky avocado-tomatillo guacamole and tangy mango-grapefruit salsa). The tropical ceviche was my favorite and I really liked the presentation in the martini glasses.
For our entrees, we had a pork mole dish and a seafood special of the day. Both were very fresh and flavorful, but at this point it was pretty much impossible to outshine the ceviches. I definitely enjoyed every bite of this meal and can’t wait to go back!!