notes from the mexican kitchen

XOCO: Robust Season, Bold Tastes

When the chefs were planning Xoco River North’s current seasonal menu, Robust Season, Bold Tastes, they could not have better foreseen the plunging temperatures of this November, with icy precipitation the norm and the unexpected guest of monster waves on Lake Michigan. This month Xoco’s chefs have crafted a menu that coalesces wonderfully in Chicago’s robust autumn. […]

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Thanksgiving just got a little more calm


Stuffing, potatoes, turkey, pie. The traditional Thanksgiving lineup doesn’t leave a lot of room for soup. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to fit it in. A first course of soup can be a moment of calm before you unleash the crowd to the buffet. And in that moment of calm, you can give thanks. […]


Special Holiday Hours at Topolo, Frontera and Xoco

This winter, Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, Xoco River North and Xoco Wicker Park will celebrate the holidays with special hours and two fabulous New Year’s Eve celebrations. We will also close our restaurants for some holidays. Scroll down for complete details. SPECIAL HOLIDAY HOURS Frontera Grill and Topolobampo will open for rare Sunday and Monday night dinner […]

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Let the sun(choke) in


The sunchoke—also known as a Jerusalem artichoke—is sort of having a moment right now. And this recipe is a good indication as to why. When you roast this tuber to a golden-brown, it becomes sweet and earthy and tender. Finished with our addictive roasted garlic mojo, the sunchoke becomes a side dish that can steal the show […]

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This apple guacamole is full of fall


If you’ve ever gone apple picking, you know how it feels to come home with bushels upon bushels of apples, only to wonder: What am I going to do with all of these? After all, a person can only make so many apple pies. That’s where this Apple-Fennel Guacamole comes in. It’s a modern guac packed with […]