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Frontera Fresco

111 N. State St. (E. Washington St.) Send to Phone
312-781-4483 | Menu
Celebrity chef Rick Bayless goes casual at this quick-serve Mexican spot downtown. Watch our exclusive interview with chef Rick Bayless on's YouTube Channel.
Check out's review of chef Rick Bayless' cookbook, Fiesta at Rick's.

Lunch Mon.-Sat.
  • Dress code: Casual

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Frontera Fresco Restaurant Review

: Odds are you won’t find celebrity chef Rick Bayless at this quick-service restaurant (though you will get a glimpse of his ever-smiling face on his cookbooks located near the cash register). But that doesn’t mean his expertise on south-of-the-border cuisine and ingredients aren't intact. Rather, this small counter located inside Macy’s on State Street on the seventh floor offers foodies a chance to sample Bayless’ food in a more accessible --- and affordable --- setting. Take a break from shopping for a pepito torta, or braised short rib “sandwich”; handmade sweet corn and green chile tamales; and huaraches, Mexican corn flatbreads with black bean spread, fresh greens and your choice of toppings (the all-natural chicken is a winner). Mango-lime and raspberry-prickly pear limeades are a good choice to cool down the heat from signature salsas. There is also a location at Old Orchard in Skokie and at Northwestern University in the Norris University Center. Plus, there are two similarly minded Tortas Fronteras at O’Hare International Airport.
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