Location, location. It’s never more true than at an airport, when you eat at the bar across from your gate just to avoid more walking. So, you know you’ve got a favorite place when you go out of your way to get there.
I did it just this morning when I took a detour to head to K4 at O’Hare, where Rick Bayless‘ Frontera is located. I’ve been a little put off ever since they discontinued their peanut butter torts, but the thought of a lime Fresca was making me reconsider.
Wait! A sign that says, “new.” I’m a sucker for new things on the menu. It was a Cazuelas, described as a bowl with scrambled egg, sweet potatoes, arugula, cotja cheese, black bean, avocado and your choice of bacon or chorizo. Yes, please.
I added the seasonal Fresca of cucumber and lime, just to further expand my palate. I really had no idea what I had just ordered, but Señor Bayless has never failed me yet when it comes to inventive flavors. It’s from his XOCO that I learned the meaning of torta, and churro, and Mexican hot chocolate, after all. The original Frontera Grill is another favorite.
I wasn’t disappointed. The new Cazuelas lived up to my hopes, full of flavor and leaving me full of hope for travel through Terminal 3, Gate K, in the future. The hand-crafted Fresca was good enough to grab a second helping to take on the flight.
Location, location. See you at O’Hare!