The next time you are at O’Hare airport and have some time before your flight (which, at O’Hare, is most likely delayed), I highly recommend you head over to Terminal 1 or 3 and check out Tortas Frontera, the new Mexican Sandwich Shop and Bar by chef Rick Bayless.
In case you are not familiar with Rick Bayless, he is the Chicago based chef, specializing on Regional Mexican Cuisine behind several of my favorite Chicago restaurants including Frontera Grill, XOCO and Topolobampo. Tortas Frontera is similar to XOCO, which specializes in quick service Mexican Street Food.
The Tortas Frontera menu is primarily made up of different types of Tortas (griddle-baked Mexican sandwiches with crunchy crust and a variety of fillings such as beer-braised beef short ribs, chipotle chicken, garlicky shrimp and goat cheese) and Mollettes (warm, open-faced sandwiches). They also serve fresh made guacamole, hand shaken Margaritas and keeping with the local flavor… Goose Island Beer and Intelligentsia Coffee.
There are actually two Tortas Frontera locations at O’Hare:
United Terminal 1, Gate B11.
American Terminal 3, Gate K3.
I highly recommend you make time to try this restaurant, next time you fly into, out of or connect though the Chicago O’Hare Airport.