For authentic Mexican food in a lively atmosphere, try this Clark Street spot. On weekends, Frontera is always packed, but people do not seem to mind ... More
For authentic Mexican food in a lively atmosphere, try this Clark Street spot. On weekends, Frontera is always packed, but people do not seem to mind the wait. If you are lucky, you can grab a small table at the bar section and start on drinks and appetizers before you are seated. Basic margaritas are quite pricey, but you can try fancier varieties for a few bucks more. The Queso Fundido is good eatinga spicy cheese and onion dish wrapped in hot tortillas.
We went to Frontera Grill in March of this year and it was Fabulous!!! The trio trio trio is wonderful. It has flavors from sweet to savory. The chocolate dessert that the server recomended was the best dessert I have ever eatten!!! And the swordfish was like no other swordfish we had ever had!!!
After a long day at work my boyfriend met me at the Grill at 5 o'clock. He was telling me that he had a prior great experience. The bar tender was great. The coconut mojito was super awesome, the chips and guacamole however were way to salty. The wait for the food was long and I was not very impressed by the duck we had. Very little duck for a 20 something dollar dish. So my boyfriend and I have mixed reviews. He wants to go back and I don't.
I was expecting an overall stellar experience. I suggested that we go there for a work holiday lunch but we ended up being disappointed with the service. I have to say the food was very good, though. Without going on forever, I'll just say service was slow and mention that when we were waiting for our dessert to come the manager came over and asked us to move to the other room because they had a business party coming in. We moved without complaining, but asking us to move was definitely tacky, especially without comping a dessert or two. You get the impression that they don't value your business and that they don't care whether you ever come back again. That works out well for me because I won't. There are too many other good restaurants in Chicago with delicious food AND good service.
I first went to Frontera while a med student at Rush in Chicago, as a treat from one of my professors at the end of a rotation. I now live in California, where there is a Mexican restaurant every 10 feet or so on most streets. I can say that I have found nothing in California which even comes close to Frontera in freshness, quality or overall dining experience. I was recently back home for a visit, and made the journey from the Palmer House to Frontera for lunch. Unbelievably, it seems to have gotten even better than I remember. Despite being burned out on Mexican living here in CA, no trip to Chicago will ever end without a trip to Frontera. I need a reminder occasionally of the potential that Mexican food has, before returning to the boring stuff that they feed you here.
I have been going to Frontera since day one. Even after I moved back to Rockford, Frontera is still the restaurant that I visit when I am in Chicago. The food is wonderful and the service is comparable.
Very disapointed. Saying just because you are from SoCal does not mean that you know good Mexican food is like saying that just because you are from Chicago does not mean that you know about good deep dish... I Grew up in Southern California and to this day when I visit home I regularly drive into Mexico for lunch. Although I adore fine dining, upscale Mexican is an oxymoron, it is like having upscale southern food, very hard to get right! I will never go back to Frontera and I would be ashamed to take any of my SoCal (mostly Mexican)friends there. I am sure that Rick knows Mexican food it is just not the kind I am familar with. In addition when I told two friends (Chicagoians) I was excited about going for the first time I was told the the food was okay and the service was bad, both were true.
Try Perez on Randolph. Good food, Great price.
I took my wife and son (who is a college student) there for my wife's 50th birthday on a recent visit to Chicago. We went to frontera Grill several yrs ago and I wanted to try Topolobompo for this special occaision as a surprise.
I had the Lamb. The food was tiny and drowned in au jus. I left starved. My wife had a fall vegetable dish that looked like it had been in the refrigerator for a week and was too spicey to eat. The only dish that was halfway passable was my son's rock hen. The atmosphere was cramped. We had to ask to be moved because the wait staff kept brushing by my wife. When we were moved, they moved us back by the kitchen.
For the money, this had to be my most disappointing restaurant experience anywhere. Don't go there. Chicago is full of great restaurants, This isn't one of them.
My favorite cooking show and I finally made it here party of 7. Here is the secrete they really dont take reservations and peopple line up outside before opening time of 5:00pm. we aere 13th in line we ate at the bar area and had a great time! Food was fantastic of course. People that say its not worth the wait should never go to a destination place like this!
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