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Tortas Frontera

Tortas Frontera by Rick Bayless

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
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  • Andrew V.
    "Egg and chorizo torta was the best airport meal one could dream of!"(137 Tips)
    Scott R.
    "Truly great tortas - I usually get the cubana - and margaritas."(15 Tips)
    Lauren D.
    "Side salad and corn chowder for a healthy delicious meal"(6 Tips)
    Christina
    "Possibly the best chicken tortilla soup I've had in the last year"(12 Tips)
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  • Jon B.
    Jon B.1 week ago
    Best food in the B concourse.Not the fastest, so make sure you have enough time before ordering.
  • Andre M.
    Andre McIntosh2 weeks ago
    Very customizable to those who need a quick paleo/Whole30 meal while in the airport.
  • Andre M.
    Andre McIntosh2 weeks ago
    They have great food. However I asked for no cheese as I can't do dairy and they put cheese anyway. I was rushing for a flight and didn't see that until I sat down on my plane. 😟
  • Doug W.
    Doug W3 weeks ago
    Food is alright but didn't really live up to the hype, especially for the price (even by airport standards).
  • Allison K.
    Get the pepito sandwich but the gluten free version which is in a bowl of beans. Soooooo amazing!! Also the hibiscus iced drink
  • Matt S.
    Matt SilvermanFebruary 2
    Best airport Bloody Mary in the world!
  • Bruce M.
    Bruce MiltonJanuary 6
    Try the Cubana. And be patient; usually seats will open up but it is definitely better to go as a solo act rather than a group
  • Jerry E.
    Chipotle Chicken really good! If you want a different flavour go for Cubana
  • Brent T.
    Brent TaylorDecember 21, 2016
    Everything here tastes ridiculously amazing.
  • Shane M.
    Shane MartinNovember 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Pretend no other restaurant exists at O'Hare except this one
  • Nana
    NanaNovember 3, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Cuban sandwich and and tortilla soup even without the chicken is great!
  • Marissa C.
    Marissa ChackoOctober 19, 2016
    Surprisingly delicious egg and chorizo breakfast bowl. Lots of flavor, fresh ingredients, worth the 10 min wait.
  • Scott R.
    Scott RoseOctober 18, 2016
    Great margaritas and tortas, worth a hike from a different concourse. I like the cubana.
  • Scott R.
    Scott RoseOctober 14, 2016
    Truly great tortas - I usually get the cubana - and margaritas. Made to order, so leave enough time. Eat in or take out.
  • Kyle F.
    Kyle FowlerSeptember 24, 2016
    Why isn't all airport food like this? Delicious.
  • Louis S.
    Louis SSeptember 6, 2016
    The crispy chicken from the milanesa is also available in the Taqueria Salad.
  • Roger D.
    Roger DeanJuly 21, 2016
    Good place but damn their alcohol is expensive. $10 for a beer and $13.50 for a glass of wine
  • Sonia B.
    Sonia BehalJune 29, 2016
    Love it so@much
  • Carolyn T.
    Carolyn TrawinskiApril 30, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    It's all good here, but the fully dressed guacamole and tortilla soup are my favorites.
  • Jose C.
    Jose ColucciApril 23, 2016
    Best airport sandwich place you will find! Feel like going back to O'Hare just for this place.
  • Samantha H.
    Samantha HillApril 10, 2016
    The egg tortas are a great quick meal in the airport.
  • Mark H.
    Mark HarringtonApril 4, 2016
    Short rib pepito was excellent. If you have 10 mins for them to make it for you it's well worth it.
  • Brad A.
    Brad AMarch 25, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Among the best airport food options anywhere.
  • Hannah G.
    Hannah GMMarch 13, 2016
    The mollete was burnt and the tiny guacamole had very little flavor for $7. Doesn't hold a candle to the quality of Bayless's other establishments. Pretty disappointed.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussMarch 10, 2016
    Tasty open faced breakfast sandwiches.
  • Ashley
    AshleyFebruary 10, 2016
    Braised short rib sandwich
  • RJ M.
    RJ MetzJanuary 12, 2016
    Cochinita Pibil Torta is great. Also go for the Anejo Margarita.
  • Eric S.
    Eric SachsJanuary 5, 2016
    Had the mushroom & egg consults bowl, loved it!
  • Sarah D.
    Sarah DemingDecember 17, 2015
    Takes a long time and my dish was gross. Had the bread less cubano and it was pretty much inedible. Super salty with unnecessary kicks of spice. It also took probably 15 or 20 minutes.
  • Brandon B.
    Brandon BrowneDecember 10, 2015
    Guac bar with all of the toppings is great to share
  • Alex P.
    Alex PlutzerNovember 29, 2015
    The mushroom torta (all of them for that matter) are outstanding. The mojo sauce is incredible. Seriously amazing.
  • Jon G.
    Jon GoldNovember 7, 2015
    Maybe my favorite airport food in the world. There's a queue but it's worth it - and you skip the ordering queue if you sit straight at the bar.
  • Sarang B.
    Sarang BamanOctober 21, 2015
    Long wait >20min all in, but Chipotle chicken torts was great, but get lotsa napkins!
  • Emilio C.
    Emilio COctober 13, 2015
    Good sandwiches, but the line is usually super long.
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleySeptember 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent food, the Cubana with a mango Aguas Frescas is my personal favorite. They package it to go, easy to take on the flight.
  • Alex K.
    Alex KremerSeptember 21, 2015
    The tortas are the best food you will find in this airport, bar none
  • Leach E.
    Leach E. E.September 14, 2015
    Guacamole and chips comes with amazing smoky hot red sauce. Margaritas can be taken away to help your flight pass more quickly.
  • Leland B.
    Leland BrewsterAugust 31, 2015
    Pro tip: get two open face sandwiches for the same price as a torta but with no wait--they're ready to go.
  • Joe B.
    Joe BuchelAugust 27, 2015
    Best place to eat at O'Hare airport
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyAugust 26, 2015
    Probably the best airport food in America. If you're in a breakfast mood, the eggs and chorizo torta will set you straight.
  • Neil B.
    Neil BajajAugust 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Good food. Pricey. They don't give you a bag right away. And they don't give a spoon for your soup automatically. Also long waits for food.
  • Ryan L.
    Ryan LeggettAugust 12, 2015
    Don't make the same mistake I did. Get the guac with everything.
  • Francisco C.
    Francisco CamorlingaAugust 11, 2015
    Nice Music!
  • Bentley F.
    Bentley FerrainaAugust 3, 2015
    Loved the tortilla soup and chipotle chicken torta.
  • Jennifer .
    Jennifer 🍴July 28, 2015
    Not sure this is anything like the tortas I've had in the past, but my mushroom (vegetarian) was amazing! As well as the margarita I got at the bar (tho it wasn't available for take-out 😞)
  • Ingrid A.
    Ingrid AJuly 28, 2015
    Chorizo torta must be eaten immediately! The bread has this beautiful subtle crunch. The sandwich is good cold as well but u r missing the point...near B10
  • John H.
    John HankusJuly 25, 2015
    It was good. Had a breakfast tortas. Nothing really special but it was good overall. Longer wait for the food than other restaurants in ohare.
  • Howard
    HowardJuly 23, 2015
    Great breakfast torta. Pleasant surprise at 6am in ORD.
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoJuly 1, 2015
    So glad to see a non-chain restaurant, but still waiting for real sit-down rather than food on the run
  • Peter M.
    Peter McQueenJune 12, 2015
    These tortas are good...so good you will often push the limit of making your flight. You don't truly love these tortas unless you've done the Torta run!
  • April M.
    April MullenJune 11, 2015
    Makes layovers at O'Hare worthwhile!
  • William J.
    William JohnsonMay 27, 2015
    Excellent short rib on the pepito torta. Bread toasted to crunchy perfection
  • J F.
    J FMay 25, 2015
    The absolute best thing about ORD. Cubano torta!
  • Ana R.
    Ana RomeroMay 22, 2015
    The Cochinita Pibil is amazing!!
  • Chris B.
    Chris BurnorMay 21, 2015
    The tortes are spectacular
  • Josh S.
    Josh ScovilleMay 12, 2015
    Chipolte chicken torta was delicious. But took longer than I would have thought and $17 for sandwich and water pretty steep.
  • Josh S.
    Josh ScovilleMay 12, 2015
    Had the chipolte chicken and it was awesome.
  • Curtis H.
    Curtis HillerApril 4, 2015
    Torta Cubana may be my favorite sandwich ever. Expect to wait at least ten on it. I often carry them on to flights -- gives you something to do.
  • Lexi K.
    Lexi K.April 2, 2015
    The quality of food for this particular location is horrible! :(
  • Nate L.
    Nate LawlerMarch 27, 2015
    Guacamole bar.
  • kumi m.
    kumi monsterMarch 18, 2015
    Corn chowder! Nom nom nom.
  • kumi m.
    kumi monsterMarch 18, 2015
    No flat breads like the term 5 location which is larger. This place is still the yum though. Great for food on the go. Take some with you on a flight & make everyone jealous. Seriously. Just do it.
  • Joe C.
    Joe CarpitaMarch 17, 2015
    This is the only thing worth eating at O'hare airport. Don't bother anywhere else. All the tortas are great, just be sure you've got a spare 20 minutes to wait for your meal. Get a limeade, too.
  • Michael T.
    Michael TchouMarch 15, 2015
    The fully dressed guacamole was amazing! Don't pass it by
  • Ben S.
    Ben SMarch 11, 2015
    The ONLY place to eat in ORD.
  • Paula C.
    Paula C HaggartMarch 8, 2015
    The pepito and choriqueso comes on French bread not torta bread- it was terrible!! I was waiting for the torta bread :(
  • Talya A.
    Talya ArbisserMarch 4, 2015
    Everything I tried was delicious from the mushroom torta to the corn chowder to the alfajore. They do have table service which isn't obvious! This place just made it into my faves for airport food!
  • Todd C.
    Todd CarpenterFebruary 24, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The best coffee at O'Hare is not at Starbucks
  • Mark B.
    Mark BrouchFebruary 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Best airport food anywhere! Tastes just like the restaurant
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰February 6, 2015
    So good so worth it
  • Josh G.
    Josh GoslinerJanuary 16, 2015
    As good as it gets when it comes to airport food, especially at what could be the worlds worst airport
  • Adam R.
    Adam RenzJanuary 10, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Best food in all of Ohare. You won't be sad you made the trek for a bite to eat. All the tortas are fantastic!
  • Kath
    KathJanuary 9, 2015
    Chip,salsa,guacamole and margarita:)
  • Randy S.
    Randy SakagawaJanuary 9, 2015
    tortas are great options. wait is almost always long, but worthwhile if you have the time
  • Thiago L.
    Thiago LinsDecember 30, 2014
    Egg & chorizo
  • Alma V.
    Alma VidalDecember 24, 2014
    As a Mexican I can tell you I couldn't believe that the chef Is not Mexican! The tortas are amazing!!!!!
  • j k.
    j kirklandDecember 23, 2014
    Amazing tortas. Go for the chipotle chicken.
  • Terence C.
    Terence ChanDecember 18, 2014
    Delicious pepito torta! The bread was a little tougher than I'd like but excellent quality and flavor. Def get the loaded guac and chips! Best airport food ever!
  • David G.
    David GravesDecember 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    I like spicy things but the habanero sauce is HOT. Proceed at your own risk.
  • Tom C.
    Tom CreedDecember 9, 2014
    Really good food by airport standards. Cajun shrimp torta highly recommended.
  • N A.
    N ANovember 29, 2014
    It's so funny what parts of this country call "Mexican food" -It ain't this, I'll tell you that. Already missing San Diego, CA
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereNovember 27, 2014
    They use a tad too much salt on many of the meals here. Be sure to order a cold drink with your meal.
  • Ligia F.
    Ligia FelsenOctober 30, 2014
    AWESOMENESS!!
  • Christian K.
    Christian KnappOctober 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best airport sandwich, ever.
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DrogosOctober 16, 2014
    Side salad and corn chowder for a healthy delicious meal
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DrogosOctober 16, 2014
    Nothing better than a restaurant in an airport that can make you feel like you're not in an airport
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca MaldonadoOctober 15, 2014
    Delicious breakfast tortas and molletes. Put all the other places to shame 😊
  • Tonda L.
    Tonda LinseyOctober 14, 2014
    Chicken torta with mango lime fresca was SOOOO GOOOOD!!! Worth the wait :) #firsttimer
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca MaldonadoOctober 6, 2014
    A must stop to enjoy a great meal before catching your flight. Delicious breakfast tortas!
  • Angel D.
    Angel DSeptember 26, 2014
    There are power outlets all over the place, under the main bar, under the window bar, under the seats of all the tables! And yes, the food is amazing!
  • Mehul S.
    Mehul ShethSeptember 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything off the menu is worth trying, you really can't go wrong b
  • Maggie G.
    Maggie G.September 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The best food at Ohare, hands down! Near gate B11, if you have the time (usually a ten min wait for Torta), worth the walk over from C or E/F concourse!
  • Rick G.
    Rick Garcia - SFSSeptember 19, 2014
    The pepita is a great steak sándwich.
  • Rachel E.
    Rachel ElizabethSeptember 18, 2014
    Worth the wait. By far the best airport food I've ever had.
  • John L.
    John LiottaSeptember 16, 2014
    Any airport would be lucky to have this restaurant.
  • Jeremy P.
    Jeremy PerrySeptember 12, 2014
    Charge your devices here. There are tons of electric outlets under the bar facing the tarmac.
  • Zombie
    ZombieSeptember 6, 2014
    Tortas are $10-12 but worth it.
  • Scott G.
    Scott GellmanSeptember 5, 2014
    The egg and chorizo was incredible. Add the tomatillo salsa. Your stomach on your next flight might be slightly difficult because of the spice, but worth it!
  • Randy M.
    Randy MansSeptember 3, 2014
    Great food
  • Rob H.
    Rob HavasyAugust 28, 2014
    Cochinita pibil is wonderful... But really juicy. Better after your business meeting then before. And grab extra napkins.
  • Carlos T.
    Carlos ToscanoDecember 29, 2015
    Tortas carnitas
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