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Announcing: Catering by Fonda Frontera!

Fonda Frontera, our outpost in Wicker Park, has launched its BRAND NEW catering service, which is basically the best of its menu, delivered to your home, office or wherever else you want soul-satisfying Mexican food. A few of the highlights:

• TACO BAR! With oven-braised or wood-grilled meats and fresh handmade corn tortillas. Think classics like carnitas, cochinita pibil, barbacoa, etc. 10 people? 200 people? We got you.

• Super-fresh ceviche and seafood coctel spreads.

• Specialties that made Frontera famous – mole poblano with wood-oven roasted chicken, simmered pork shoulder in chile negro, braised beef in guajillo sauce, shrimp in slow-roasted garlic mojo and wood-grilled vegetables.

• Guacamole bar with fresh tomatillo-garlic guacamole with two salsas and housemade tortilla chips.

• Taco lunch boxes – handsome, Individually packed taco lunch boxes for groups up to 30. Your office lunch will never be the same.

• Churros! That’s right, we’ll bring all of the golden, crispy churros your party can handle. Bean-to-cup chocolate ganache for dipping, too.

• We’ll even bring you a punch bowl full of margaritas and a build-your-own michelada bar with a 12-pack of ice cold Modelo. That’s honestly how we like to roll.

Ready to order? Plan your perfect fiesta at Fondafrontera.com

Full catering menu: http://ow.ly/A7Lg30eXYE1

Hola, Fonda Frontera

fondafrontera_logo_rgbWe heard you, Wicker Park. We’re leaving the Xoco Bistro name behind and evolving into Fonda Frontera, our Mexico City-inspired neighborhood restaurant.

“Like the fondas in Mexico City — those homey places serving classic, local food — ours is warm and comfortable, and embodies the essence of Frontera: Mexican spirit, local heart,” said Chef Rick Bayless. “Our goal is to make Fonda Frontera the best neighborhood Mexican restaurant in the city. It is, after all, in my neighborhood.”

Menu here

The bar at Fonda will retain its robust local craft beer lineup, but our bartenders will be mixing up some pretty delicious new cocktails created by spirits director Jeff Walters. There are craft cocktails (yes, you can get a Topolo margarita), mug cocktails and carafe cocktails, all featuring a wide array of mezcals, tequilas and local spirits. Our wine director, Jill Gubesch, who has created some of the most talked about wine pairings for Topolobampo, is creating a rotating list of standout great value wines.

Chef John Sullivan has introduced a raw seafood bar, rich with ceviche, cocteles and oysters, and added more soul-satisfying entrees from our wood-burning grill and oven — some modern, some classic. All very Mexico City. For the XOCO loyal, we’ve kept your favorite tortas and caldos on the menu. As ever, our tortilleras will continue hand-pressing and baking tortillas from fresh heirloom Oaxacan corn masa.

Chef Jose Ramirez continues his reign at the pastry kitchen, kicking out vibrant, Mexican-inspired desserts. (Yes, the golden delicious churros are staying on the menu. We’re not crazy.) 

And because Fonda loves niños, we’ve created what we think is the most amazing $6 kids menu anywhere: quesadillas, fideos en mantequilla (toasted Angel Hair noodles tossed in butter and añejo cheese) chicken noodle caldo and more, all served with agua fresca AND churros AND a ramekin of soft-serve ice cream. They’ll love it!

Fonda Frontera, 1471 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park, opens on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Bring the friends and familia.