notes from the mexican kitchen

Xoco is Now Taking Cinco de Mayo Catering Orders

Xoco has taken its catering game to the next level. Just in the past few weeks, we’ve catered a small party in a Wrigleyville condo, served guacamole and churros at the Merchandise Mart, brought a lunch fiesta to Salesforce in River North and drove hundreds of tacos and tortas — and eight gallons of our […]


We Won: Thank you!

The people — that’s you — have spoken! Bar Sótano and Tortas Frontera have won their respective categories in the Chicago Tribune’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Dining Awards. There are so many incredible restaurants and bars in this town and we’re still pinching ourselves that we won in two categories. Bar Sótano, our Oaxacan-style mezcal speakeasy […]


Bar Sótano is Taking You on a Mezcal Journey

Every day between 5-6 p.m. at Bar Sótano, we’re taking all guests seated at the bar on a mezcal tour. Join us for a thrilling taste of the world’s most unique spirit paired with the perfect bite. We kick things off Tuesday March 5 with fried queso de cabra from Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery […]


Vote for Bar Sótano! Vote for Tortas Frontera! Vote! Vote! Vote!

  Bar Sótano, our speakeasy-style mezcal bar in the basement of Frontera Grill, is a finalist for the Chicago Tribune’s “Readers’ Choice” Awards. We’d be grateful if you took a minute and cast your vote for us in the “Best New Cocktail Bar” category. Here’s the link. While you’re there, be sure to vote for […]


Update: We’re Back Open After the Deep Freeze!

UPDATE II:  We’re back open! All Frontera restaurants are open and serving lovingly prepared Mexican food.  UPDATE: Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, Xoco and Cruz Blanca will remain CLOSED during lunch service on Thursday, Jan. 31. Those restaurants, along with Leña Brava and Bar Sótano, will all be open 5 p.m. Thursday. We apologize for any inconvenience […]