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Topolobampo or Frontera Grill?

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We are headed to Chicago for a foodie weekend and we are big fans of Rick Bayless. Which of his restaurants would you recommend we go to for dinner? There will be four of us looking for a Friday night dinner.

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  1. I'm a big Bayless fan also. Maybe this will help you decide:

    Topo takes reservations, although they are in demand and can be hard to gety. Frontera takes just a few; all other tables are given out as people arrive. It has been recommended that to get a table for dinner, it's best to arrive by 5:30 pm.

    You can sit at the bar and order from either menu.

    Topo's menu is more creative and more expensive than that of Frontera. Dinner entrees at Topo range from $25 - $45. Prices for Topo's tasting menus are not listed on-line. It also has a wonderful seafood bar.

    Frontera entrees are in the $18 - $29 range.

    Costs between the two restaurants are much closer at lunch if that helps. You can check out their menus on the website lited below.

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    Frontera Grill
    445 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

    Topolobampo
    445 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610

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    1. re: chicgail

      I've been to both multiple times. If you can get into Topolobampo, I'd say go there. It's a one-of-a-kind restaurant.