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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Rick Bayless wants you to eat lunch at Frontera Fresco in Evanston, today!

Are you sitting around wondering what to have for lunch today? Think no more and walk on over to Rick Bayless' Frontera Fresco in the Norris Center on the Northwestern Campus. Eat delicious and healthy Mexican food while looking out at Lake Michigan! No reservation necessary and no food snobs, just coeds!

For those of you who missed this memo, Frontera Fresco opened this winter and Northwestern students and staff are loving it, but they are not loving the long lines - at least that's what the blogs say, but who reads blogs anyway...Get in line early, lunch hours are noon to 10 p.m. but not all items are available after 7 p.m. Click here for a full schedule to include breakfast and dinner.

Expect to spend about $10 on lunch and to eat very well. We bought tamales, chips-n-salsa, guacamole and aqua fresca and were all very satisfied (3 of us)! Most of the items on the menu are gluten free, see a partial list here;

Fresco Tacos (made with 100 percent corn tortillas, Chihuahua cheese and a variety of gluten-free filling ingredients such as shrimp, chicken, roasted vegetables and steak)

Fresco Handmade Tamales (made from fresh corn)

Fresco Tortilla soup (served with corn tortilla strips) Roasted Corn & Poblano Chowder

Fresco Huaraches (Mexican flatbreads made from corn and topped with ingredients and a green salad)

Guacamole, Salsa and Tortilla Chips

Agua Fresca (fresh lime-juice based soft drinks)

Click here to read the full menu.

Click here to see a super cute video of Mr. Bayless at the grand opening!

P.S. I was not paid in tamales by Mr. Rick Bayless to write this blog post!


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1 comment:

  1. I work at Northwestern and this has been the best thing to happen on campus in a long time! The lines can definitely be long, but if you go a little early, before noon, it's much better. I have to restrict myself to once a week - it's hard not to go every day!