Friday, December 11, 2015

Chicago, IL Edition: Chicago O'Hare International Airport

On the way back from Milwaukee, we had a layover in Chicago. After New York City (which will be coming up soon!!), my culinary dream place in the U.S. is Chicago. So, even though we only had a little bit of time in Chicago (and it's an airport) and not a full-fledged trip, I wanted to make the most of it.

Tortas Frontera

Rick Bayless is a well-known chef specializing in traditional Mexican food who has a few restaurants in the Chicago area. Tortas Frontera is located in three terminals in the airport, as well as at the University of Pennsylvania. I can only assume the airport quality would differ fairly significantly from his full-service restaurants, but, for now, it'll do! I ordered the Milanesa, which was crispy chicken, artisan Jack cheese, pickled jalapeno, black beans, cilantro crema and tomatillo-avocado salsa. It was good - but actually very spicy. At least for me. Tony got the Chipotle Chicken - artisan Jack cheese, poblano rajas, chipotle, black beans, cilantro crema, avocado and wild arugula. I actually liked his sandwich better and we ended up swapping! Not bad.

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Grade: B

Tortas Frontera Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Eli's Cheesecake

Eli's Cheesecake is a thing in Chicago, so when I saw a small location in the airport, I knew I would make my way around to it. I got a raspberry slice. And, I know, I know, the airport location is not going to be as good. I'm sure. So, this was OK.

Chicago airport

Chicago airport

Grade: B



Garrett Popcorn

Chicago-style popcorn! Garrett Popcorn created the savory/sweet mix. The Garrett Mix includes their caramel and the sharp cheddar cheese popcorn. Now this ... this was pretty damn good. I love that sort of mixture anyway, plus this served me well throughout the last plane ride and the ride home. Yum. (Aside: I asked the woman behind the counter how she was doing. Her response "fine." And she just stared at me waiting for me to continue my order. City folk.)

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Grade: A