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HELP! Frontera Grill v. Nacional 27

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I'm visiting Chicago this weekend to meet up with a few friends from college. One of them suggested we eat at Japonais on Saturday, but I am feeling more like nuevo latino rather than sushi...

Between Frontera Grill or Nacional 27, which would be better for a group of 5?

Or is there another place I am overlooking that would be better? Mas, perhaps?

Thanks so much!

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  1. I've never dined at Frontera, but I know that Nacional 27 is awesome, and they take reservations unlike Frontera.

    1. My personal preference is for Salpicon or Frontera over National 27, but I haven't heard of anyone being disappointed at N.27.

      1. In all fairness to Nacional 27, I've only had drinks and appetizers there, it's not bad but I don't think it's in the same league as Frontera. If you don't want to deal with waiting, the no reservation factor may be a deal breaker for Frontera on a Saturday night.

        I've never eaten at Salpicon, but I've always loved Adobo Grill! Adobo may not be in the same league as Frontera either, but they have creative food, great margaritas, and tableside guacamole!

        www.adobogrill.com

        1. Of course, if you don't mind paying a little more, you can try Rick Bayless's other restaurant next door to Frontera, Topolobampo, which takes reservations (if you can get one).

          And, if it's nuevo latino you're looking for, rather than haute mexicana, you might take a look at Cuatro. It's got a nice Miami/South-Beach feel to it, IMO, sans the crowds of Frontera and Topo. Here's their website:

          http://www.cuatro-chicago.com/contact...

          1. According to the Frontera website,
            http://www.fronterakitchens.com/resta...

            "Advance reservations taken for parties of 5-10. Same day reservations accepted for smaller parties."

            So, try making a reservation for your group of five.