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Wicker Park's XOCO Bistro Reopens As Fonda Frontera

These beautiful golden churros are still on the menu. Photo courtesy of Fonda Frontera.

November 11, 2106- Chef Rick Bayless'  Xoco Bistro is changing things up a bit. For starters, the Mexico City-inspired neighborhood restaurant has left the XOCO name behind and has reopened as its own unique eatery; newly named Fonda Frontera. 

“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.”

The Fonda beverage menu retains its local craft beer lineup, but new cocktails are now available courtesy of spirits director Jeff Walters. You'll find 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. A rotating selection of wine is also available.

Fonda Frontera also includes: a raw seafood bar, rich with ceviche, cocteles and oysters, fewer sandwiches and added more entrees from our wood-burning grill and oven — some modern, some classic. Not to worry XOCO fans, the beloved tortas and caldos are still on the menu.
Chef Jose Ramirez continues his reign at the pastry kitchen, kicking out vibrant, Mexican-inspired desserts including those beautiful churros.
And because Fonda loves niños, they also offer a $6 kids menu that includes: quesadillas, fideos en mantequilla (toasted Angel Hair noodles tossed in butter and añejo cheese) chicken noodle caldo and more, all served with agua fresca, churros and a ramekin of soft-serve ice cream.

Now open Fonda Frontera is located at 1471 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park. Hours of operation are Tuesday - Thursday 11:00am-10:00pm, Friday 11:00am-11:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-11:00pm and Sunday 10:00am-8:00pm. Closed Monday. For additional information, you can head to their Facebook Page. 
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