notes from the mexican kitchen

Order In, We’re Here

Hello Chicago!

First we want to thank all of you who’ve supported us in these difficult times. This is clearly unprecedented and we’re all doing our very best.

And what we do best is deliver joy.

By now you’ve heard all Illinois restaurants are prohibited from hosting guests. That’s why we’re making an enormous push for delivery and carryout business. This will be our lifeline.

We are going to lay out two things you can do to help our Frontera family.

 Shop for a gift card. It’s like a down payment now for good times in the future. And dios mio man, will those margaritas taste good later. Gift cards are valid at Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, Xoco, Bar Sótano, Leña Brava and Cruz Blanca. Shop here.

Order for delivery and pickup from Xoco, Cruz Blanca and Frontera Grill. (Yes, we’re doing a Frontera Grill pop-up restaurant offering some of our favorites.) We are working with delivery services to ensure best practices, and please trust us when we say we’re doing everything possible to serve you with safety — and generous-spirited hospitality — in mind. Also: We’ll be selling beer and wine to go.

ORDER Xoco and Frontera Grill

ORDER Cruz Blanca

There are a number of other efforts underway to help hospitality industry employees. Here are just a few small ways that you can have a big impact. If you know of more, please drop a line in the comments.

Find an open restaurant in Chicago. The Dining at a Distance website has quickly become a turn-to resource for Chicagoans wondering which places remain open for carry-out and delivery business.

Buy a super-cool T-shirt and support hourly workers Chicago-based Leisure Activities has partnered with Stock Manufacturing to make these very coo Chicago Hospitality United T-shirts. A full 100 percent of the proceeds are going to hourly workers. And there’s an option for a “tip jar” if you can give a little extra. SHOP

Join the #takeoutchicago challenge. Pretty simple – order from your local restaurant and share your meal with the world on social media using the #TakeOutChicago hashtag.


  1. It’s safe, people…scrupulous social distancing set up. The food is perfect…ceviche, chicken Milanese, tortilla soup, guacamole, chips, churros with chocolate dipping sauce…pecan pie. A crucial time to support our favorite restaurant!

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