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Wild mushroom turnovers and smoked pork enchiladas—it’s Frontera’s October offerings!

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October sneaked up on us and now there’s no denying it: Fall is here, with all the amazing foods that come with it. Check out the roasted butternut mash on that plate with the pork in tomamole. And look at the threads of Swiss chard running through those tamales. The wild mushrooms stuffed inside those crispy […]

XOCO: Fall into Flavor

As a young man, working with then-partner Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon wrote, “And the leaves that are green turn to brown, and they wither in the wind, and they crumble in your hand.”  To the chagrin of us leafpeepers, he jumped right over the best part where the leaves that are green turn blazing yellow, orange […]

Topolo in the Fall: Crispy pork jowl and a pumpkinseed tamal

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Topolo’s new menu items incorporate a little bit of the past, a little bit of the future. The Pre-Columbian Tamal? That’s the past. This dish—developed for ModMex—was built using pre-Columbian restrictions, so the fat comes from pumpkinseeds, not lard. But that’s not to say there’s no pork on this menu. Please click through the slideshow above until […]

Mexican Tradition, Midwestern Bounty at XOCO

The Xoco chefs delivered deliciousness beyond my expectations on their  latest seasonal menu: Mexican Tradition, Midwestern Bounty.  The theme this month is closely related to the work we do all year at Xoco:  the magical act of honoring the deep traditions of Mexican cooking while allowing nontraditional native Midwest ingredients to shine.  Here, at the end of […]

Frontera in the fall: Bacon, apples and chiles.

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Is it summer still? Is it fall? These are tricky questions, and the new dishes on Frontera’s menu don’t offer easy answers. Summer squash abounds on this menu, whether fried in the Crispy Vegetable Milanesa or slipped alongside the Striped Bass in Pipian Negro. Yet other dishes suggest that it’s autumn: the Apple Cake Cazuela, the […]