Fontera Fresco at Macy’s Seven on State
111 N State St, Chicago, IL 60602
Time: I arrived at mid-lunch rush, 12:30pm. I goofed up on my usual system for timing the line, but it was just over 10 minutes from the front door of Macy’s to sitting with food.
Meal: Grilled Steak Huarache, Classic Lime Aqua Fresca, Caramel Nut Bar for afternoon snack = $14.62
I broke out of my immediate neighborhood (by a whole 3 blocks) to meet an old work colleague for lunch. We met up on the seventh floor of Macy’s (nee Marshall Field’s) where there’s the Seven on State high-concept food court. The concept is celebrity-chef-designed food courts stands, so there’s Rick Bayless’ Frontera Fresca, Marc Samuelsson’s Marc Burger, and Takashi Yagihashi’s Noodles. There’s also a salad and soup place that is just… salads and soup. There are two other Frontera Frescas in other Macy’s—one in Skokie and one in San Francisco.
I’m not ashamed to be a Rick Bayless fan. I’ve eaten at Xoco quite a bit, and Frontera Grill whenever I can. The Frontera Fresca was closed for renovations the last time I was here, but is open again. I’m not sure the renovations made any huge difference to the decor, but they seem to have made some changes to the kitchen flow, as there was quite a line, but once I had ordered, I had my food in minutes. It felt faster than the wait from order to food had been in the past.
I’d recently had huaraches from a place near my home and so I decided to try Bayless’ take on the food. Delish. Just great.
My lunch companion had a salad from the salad place. I don’t believe he starved to death.