Category Archives: Lookbook

XOCO: Winter Xocoland

This month, the first of 2016, we welcome Chef Julio De Leon, who joins Chef Glenn, to Xoco.  Chef Julio has been a sous chef for both Frontera Grill and Topolobampo, and brings forth vibrant colors and intense flavors to light up our palettes on this first menu of the new year. Chamoy is a Mexican […]

A Frontera Holiday Feast


Christmastime in Chicago is downright magical, what with the snow falling gently onto the glowing city streets. Step inside Frontera this month and there’s a different sort of magic, one that evokes the spirit of the Mexican Christmas. It’s warm in here. Festive. And the food? Well, the new menu is all sorts of amazing. “We […]

Let Topolo Take You to Another Oaxaca


Oaxaca is legendary among Mexico’s regional cuisine. It is, of course, the land of the SEVEN MOLES! But it’s a whole lot more. And that’s where Topolo’s latest menu will take you. First we head to to the beach for oysters and a little mezcal. Then we’re off to the infamous, smoke-filled “taco corridor” in downtown Oaxaca […]

Frontera’s New Dishes: A Trip to Oaxaca


The latest additions to Frontera’s latest menu are all about Oaxacan flavors. And yes, that means the complex, mouthwatering moles that characterize the Mexico’s South Central region. More on those in a bit. But Oaxaca flavor also means greens—tomatillo, serrano chile, nopales, knob onions—and the tantalizing smoky goodness derived from open-air grilling. Consider our green […]

XOCO: Hot Days, Cool Nights

Tomato plants have reached their full height on the Xoco rooftop garden which means September has arrived!  For Xoco’s new seasonal menu, the Xoco chefs have crafted some dishes to celebrate the sun’s lingering warmth and others well suited to brisker breezes which soon may blow.  We are calling it, “Hot Days, Cool Nights!” Chef Alonso […]