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Apr 17, 2012 01:11 PM

Is Tru worth one meal of my precious few?

Los Angeles hound will be in Chicago weekend after this. My itinerary is chock full and I have reservations for Tru one night, but honestly am not sure it's worth going to. I know it's sort of a mainstay of the city, but am thinking of trying Frontera or Topo instead. Or is that dumb since we have tons of Mexican in LA? In another thread, someone mentioned that other 1 Michelin stars like La Folie and Atelier Crenn in SF(both of which I love) were better than Tru. So I am basically at a loss. How is the dessert tasting menu at Tru? Would it be worth it to have dinner at Frontera/Topo and do the dessert tasting at Tru? Any advice is greatly appreciated!

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  1. Reservations for Topo generally need to made months in advance. While Topo is quite good, I had a better overall experience (service, ambiance and food quality) at Tru. Frontera is a step down from Topo, so I personally would not opt for that over Tru. Frontera is quite noisy and (assuming you do not have a reservation) you are likely looking at a long wait. I am not familiar with the LA restaurant scene, so I am not able to opine if the venues you named are superior than Tru, but I can say that both my wife and I had one of our favorite meals of this past year at Tru.

    1. yes, in my opinion I'd just keep the Tru ressie...

      1. You won't get into Topo or Frontera on this short notice.

        Keep your res at Tru and then let us know what you think.

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        1. re: chicgail

          Well I'm traveling solo so I figured it couldn't possibly be that long a wait if any if I went for a bar seat late, around 9-10p. Leaning towards just keeping the Tru res anyways, I'll see if I can squeeze in a Bayless eatery or two somehow. I shall of course report back after my trip.

          1. re: baloney

            If you are flying into or out of O'Hare there is even a little Frontera Grill outlet at the airport.

            1. re: Gonzo70

              Was at O'Hare yesterday and saw a second Tortas Frontera location. This one is in the American terminal and is bigger than the first one in the United terminal. Nice to see.

          2. re: chicgail

            I went to frontera tonite. I went solo, sat at chef counter.the place was packed but I waited about 2 minutes for a seat.guacamole was very good. The ceviche with shrimp and squid was ok,but ive had better. The street food trio was good .2 of the 3 were. The tres leches cake with mango and mango sorbet was excellent. Long delays between dishes. I had tried to go topolobampo,but I walked thru the wrong door.they are right next door to each other. The Mexican food in NYC is bad so this was a treat.

            1. re: foodwhisperer

              Unless it has changed recently, there is only one door for Topolobampo and Frontera Grill, and they split at the hostess stand with Topolobampo behind it. Xoco is around the corner with a separate entrance.

              1. re: GourmetWednesday

                And if you sit at the bar you can order off of either the Frontera or the Topo menu.