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“Insanely good.” —Phil Vettel, Chicago Tribune
Xoco—pronounced “SHO-ko”—is the Aztec word for “little sister.” But there’s nothing little about Xoco’s bold Mexican marketplace flavors. Open early and closing late, this quick-service café from Rick and Deann Bayless proffers contemporary expressions of Mexico’s most beloved street food and snacks: flaky empanadas, hot-from-the-fryer churros, frothy Mexican hot chocolate, crusty tortas and meal-in-a-bowl caldos.
Best New Restaurant
Time Out Chicago, 2010
3-star Green Certification Green Restaurant Association
LEED Gold Certification
U.S. Green Building Council
At Xoco, Maria found two of her life’s great loves: her husband Baker and amazing Mexican food. Maria and Baker have worked together at Xoco since the restaurant opened in 2009. Maria took over as manager in 2016. Twitter@xocochicago
CHEF, XOCO Bistro
A native of New York City, Wil’s first industry job was at age 14, as a dishwasher at Manhattan’s Tick Tock Diner. Since then, he’s climbed the kitchen ladder, first at Le Lan, then Bill Kim’s Urban Belly and Belly Shack. Twitter@xocochicago
JULIO DE LEON
Julio previously worked on the line at Topolobampo and later as sous chef at Frontera Grill. In 2015, Chef Julio celebrated 10 years with the Frontera family and was named the chef of Xoco! Twitter@xocochicago
Chicago-born, French- and Mexican-trained pastry chef Suzanne Imaz loves music, and she likens her desserts to that of a well-rehearsed concert, where a team of passionate artists create ephemeral moments of joy. And yes, her dishes will leave you wanting an encore.
449 North Clark St (Enter on Illinois)
Chicago, IL 60654