Restaurants

Xoco – Mexican Street Food

Rose Montag

July 02 2014 - 11:17 AM

I had family in town this past weekend and decided that it was the perfect time to try out Rick Bayless’ Mexican Street Food restaurant called Xoco. Located on Clark Street in River North (a Wicker Park location is opening this summer!) I had read that the restaurant typically has lines out the door on a daily basis, and I also knew there was a possibility that it was merely over-hyped, as mentioned here, but I decided to go in with an open mind, patience, and an appetite.

I was not disappointed. I am thrilled to say that Xoco far exceeded my expectations.

Xoco is known for their tortas (a Mexican sandwich), and I decided to get their seasonal special: the Mexico City Torta. The sandwich had braised wild greens, flank stank, homemade chorizo, and cheese. It was served with a salsa on the side and was one of the greatest Mexican dishes I’ve had in a long time.

My family was equally impressed with the menu, choosing to order the Milanesea and Ahogada Torta. We also ordered the guacamole with sundried tomatoes and onions, along with a freshly made churro and a small cup of chocolate for dipping. The guacamole was delicious but perhaps a tad overpriced and the churro was, like mentioned before, a bit overrated. The chocolate sauce, though? I drank it out of the cup. Amazing.

Xoco also has a breakfast menu, served until 11:00 am daily. If you are feeling particularly adventurous, make sure to go on a Saturday morning for the Chilaquiles: a breakfast dish consisting of tortilla chips, guajillo chile sauce, caramelized onion, and a baked egg. I’ve heard this sells out almost immediately after opening, so be prepared.

All in all, Xoco was great. Go and order a torta, or try out the Chilaquiles on a Saturday morning sometime. You will not regret it.

 

Churro with a shot of chocolate

Churro with a shot of chocolate

Milanesa

Milanesa

Mexico City Torta

Mexico City Torta

Ahogada Torta

Ahogada Torta

Guacamole with Sundried Tomatoes and Onion

Guacamole with Sundried Tomatoes and Onion

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