Frontera Fresco

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Frontera Fresco

Marshall Field’s-turned-Macy’s has brought celeb chef Rick Bayless into the fold with this food-court counter. You’ll find tortas, huaraches, quesadillas, tamales, salad and soup, all of which counter most fast-food notions. But we’re biggest fans of the torta Cubana, and all of its smoked pork loin and applewood bacon glory. At $7 for a creative Loop lunch, don’t be surprised if lines rival Frontera Grill’s queues.

Venue name: Frontera Fresco
Address: 111 N State St, seventh floor

Cross street: at Washington St
Opening hours: Lunch (closed Sun)
Transport: El stop: Blue, Red to Washington; Red to Lake; Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Randolph.
Price: Average main course: $8
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