Wednesday, August 1, 2012

topolobampo (2) - chicago, il

www.rickbayless.com
445 north clark street
chicago, il 60654

i am going to keep this post brief, but for those interested in a full write up please see my post from our february 2011 meal here. this meal was certainly as good as if not better than our first experience at topolo and i can honestly say that there is no doubt we will be back as in my opinion there is no better venue for lunch in chicago.
this time we were seated in the front area of the dining room at a corner table. this was much nicer than the table we had in the back last time although i was surprised at how close together the tables were. i honestly wonder how the restaurant handles seating when overweight patrons show up...
white peach basil margarita - cazadores blanco tequila, cointreau, white peach, fresh-squeezed lime juice, basil syrup, salt

esmoki - wahaka joven espadin mezcal, aperol, passion fruit, fresh-squeezed lime juice, organic cane syrup, housemade orange bitters, burnt orange
complimentary house made chips and guacamole
huevo motuleno, estilo topolobampo - slow-poached egg, rustic tomato salsa, black & white beans with epazote, crispy plantain, garden peas
sopa azteca - dark broth flavored with pasilla, grilled chicken, avocado, meadow valley farm hand-made jack cheese, thick cream, crisp tortilla strips
templeton rye "manhattan" - templeton rye, carpano antica, orange peel, agave nectar
borrego en mole negro - wood-grilled crawford farm lamb leg, classic oaxacan black mole (chilhuacle chiles and 28 other ingredients), corn husk-steamed chipil tamal, unctuous black bean, smoky green beans
carne asada "brava" - serrano-marinated grass-fed tall grass flank steak, salsa huevona (hand-crushed, grill-roasted tomatoes, jalapeƱos), grilled knob onions and sweet corn tamales with crema & fresh cheese
churritos y chocolate - warm cinnamon sugar fritter, bittersweet chocolate crema, piloncillo-canela ice cream, crisp chocolate mousse, klug farm blackberries in mezcal 

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