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Mother’s Day at Fonda Frontera: We’re Cooking Moms’ Recipes

We’ve always been inspired by the mothers of the traditional Mexican kitchen. In fact, Fonda Frontera owes its names to the fondas of Mexico City, those rustic and family-friendly neighborhood restaurants often helmed by a family’s matriarch.

As the Mother’s Day holiday draws closer, Fonda Frontera, 1471 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park, will celebrate by featuring traditional dishes from the mothers of our Mexican staff members. The daily specials begin Tuesday, May 9 and run through Sunday, May 21.

“There are very few things in this world more soul satisfying than a traditional Mexican meal cooked with love. That’s what we wanted to offer our guests, the homiest of home-cooked meals. We thought this would be a perfect celebration at Fonda Frontera,” Rick said.

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Tuesday Special -  Luis’s Mom’s Chicken Tinga

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Wednesday Special – Osmar’s mom’s Tamal de Pescado

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Thursday Special – Manny’s mom’s Pork in Green Mole

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Friday Special - Isaias’s Mom’s Cheesy Mushroom Chiles Relleños

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Weekend Special - Patrick’s Mom’s Pork in Chile Negro

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Dessert - Jose’s Mom’s Warm Rice Pudding

Tuesday Special – Luis’s Mom’s Chicken Tinga Grilled Gunthorp chicken thighs simmered with roasted tomato-chipotle sauce, Nichols Farm potatoes. Avocado, fresco cheese, cilantro. From Luis Alvarez and his mother, Rafaela.


Wednesday Special – Osmar’s mom’s Tamal de Pescado Fresh-ground corn masa tamales, spicy catfish filling (arbol chile, avocado leaf, epazote), black beans, tangy greens. From Osmar Villalobos and his mother, Irene.


Thursday Special – Manny’s mom’s Pork in Green Mole Gunthorp pork shoulder braised in green mole (tomatillos, pumpkinseeds, serrano chile, herbs), classic white rice, roasted chayote, crispy onions, parsley. From Manny Avan and his mother, Tita.


Friday Special – Isaias’s Mom’s Cheesy Mushroom Chiles Relleños Roasted poblano chiles, cheesy mushroom filling (rice, peas), fiery roasted tomato sauce, chicharrón de harina. From Isaias Villalobos and his mother, Natalie.


Weekend Special — Patrick’s Mom’s Pork in Chile Negro Gunthorp pork shoulder braised in black pasilla chile sauce, pinto beans, fresco cheese, white onion. From Patrick Ortiz and his mom, Elizabeth.


Dessert — Jose’s Mom’s Warm Rice Pudding Guava, cajeta, crema. From Jose Ramirez and his mother, Maria.

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