Master of Mexican food, Rick Bayless is opening a quick-service takeout place, Xoco, on the near north side, adjacent to his other restaurants. According to Bayless’ blog, xoco is slang for “little sister.” The spot is going to feature Mexico-city-style street food. Given that it’s a takeout place – we’re figuring it’ll be more in our price point than stalwarts Topolobampo and Frontera Grill. Tasting Table has an awesome preview of Xoco, with a preview of the menu – including churros made with Oaxacan chocolate and barbacoa tortas. Natural Home Magazine has an interview that highlights the sustainability of the new resto. Opening is slated for the last week in August, according to Bayless’ Twitter.
[Update August 25] We have a confirmed opening date – September 8th.
[Update August 28] We even have a menu, from Thrillist.
449 N. Clark St.
Also, here’s an Oldie but a goodie – Rick Bayless eats his way across Pilsen – from Time Out Chicago.