notes from the mexican kitchen
Taco Tuesday/

Taco Tuesday: Crunchy, Cheesy, 420 Tacos


Heyyy maannnnn, It has come to my attention over the years that a good number of people think my mellow enthusiasm for stuff I taste or cook is a result of—I’ll just say it—a little weed. While those that know me find that a little hilarious, the truth is I never touch the stuff. Well, certainly […]


XOCO’s Seasonal Menu “Memories of Mexico”


There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again. — Elizabeth Lawrence This month’s Xoco menu was inspired by Chef Julio’s childhood memories of his mother’s kitchen in Mexico. The Red Chile Pork Loin torta is inspired by the meal […]


Announcing the 2016 Frontera Farmer Foundation Grant Winners!


The renovation of a dilapidated hog barn, the creation of a mobile goat milking parlor and the purchase of a supercharged egg washing machine are just a few of the projects that will be funded in 2016 with grant money from the Frontera Farmer Foundation, a nonprofit started by Rick and Deann Bayless and the staffs […]


Have a Rare Sunday Funday at Frontera (and Monday Too)

  It’s rare that we’re open on Sundays or Mondays. But for basically one weekend only each year, Frontera and Topolo stay open to accommodate the throngs of visitors attending the big National Restaurant Association trade show in Chicago. It’s a great crowd. This year, the restaurants will be open for dinner only on Sunday, […]

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The People Have Spoken: It’s Veggie Tacos for #TacoTuesday


Homey. Simple. Satisfying. (And nutritious, too, though don’t let that throw you.) I can think of about a million more words for these tacos with Swiss chard and caramelized onions inspired by something I ate at the huge Friday market years ago in Toluca.  There, they’ll serve you wholesome tacos de quelites (a green we […]