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“Barra del Gusto” is Bar Sótano’s Chef’s Counter Experience

On Valentines Day, our newest jewel, Bar Sótano—our smallest venue—will premiere an even smaller, more special experience for six guests. At the Barra Del Gusto—the chefs’ tasting counter—guests will enjoy five tasting courses prepared just for that evening by Chef Rishi Manoj Kumar and his team. Think: modern Mexican expression of Japan’s omakase tradition. Each course … Continue reading “Barra del Gusto” is Bar Sótano’s Chef’s Counter Experience

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Meet Stephen Sandoval, Leña Brava’s New Chef

Leña Brava is coming in hot with the addition of one of the world’s most promising live-fire chefs.  Stephen Sandoval, 33, a California native and former Leña Brava sous chef, has taken the reins as Chef de Cuisine at Rick Bayless’ Baja-inspired restaurant at 900 W. Randolph St. in Chicago’s West Loop. “The conversation about Mexican food … Continue reading Meet Stephen Sandoval, Leña Brava’s New Chef

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Restaurant Week at Frontera!

Chicago Restaurant Week is one of our favorite times of the year. Why? We get another chance to show off what we do best, while you get a great bargain. Here’s the rundown of what our restaurants are offering Jan. 24-Feb. 9 2020. Pro tip: Make those reservations now – we always fill up quick! … Continue reading Restaurant Week at Frontera!

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Topolo’s 30th Birthday Dinner

Topolobampo, the groundbreaking fine dining Mexican restaurant from Chef Rick Bayless, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a one-of-a-kind celebratory dinner. Created as a movable feast with Rick leading the way, the dinner takes place Sunday, Jan. 26 at Topolobampo and throughout Bayless’ adjoining restaurants at 445 N. Clark St. “This party won’t be some … Continue reading Topolo’s 30th Birthday Dinner

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Riff Tracks: Bar Sótano’s Cocktail Competition

Riff Tracks is a night of cover songs and cover cocktails at Bar Sótano. The theme for our inaugural cocktail competition is agave “riffs” on classic cocktails (think tequila Mai Tais and mezcal Martinis) coupled with the most bangin’ playlist of cover songs ever assembled. Competing in this one-of-a-kind clash are bartenders from some of our … Continue reading Riff Tracks: Bar Sótano’s Cocktail Competition