Subway: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Merchandise Mart; Red to Grand(312) 661-1434 rickbayless.com/restaurants/grill.html41.890486 -87.630925 445 N Clark St (between Hubbard and Illinois Sts) River North, Chicago
Brunch (Sat), lunch, dinner (Tue–Sat)Average main course: $16
Since opening its doors in ’87, Frontera Grill has been the spot for an intensely flavorful, impeccably fresh slice of Mexico, courtesy of Celebrity Chef and winner of Top Chef Masters Rick Bayless. With the help of Chef Richard James, the menu changes often but the flavors are always full, punchy and bright. No matter the weather, the ceviche selection is always spot-on and although tweaked every two weeks, expect stellar versions of Mexican classics like enchiladas, mole and flautas. Fried plantains, beans and rice and tacos are simpler options for kids, but not at all less delicious.