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Xoco

Xoco

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Near North Side, Chicago
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  • PureWow
    "We love you, Rick Bayless."(22 Tips)
    Michelle G.
    "Pepito w/pickled jalepeños on the side was delicious!!!"(12 Tips)
    Lukas C.
    "Love the tortas, churros, margaritas... pretty much everything here."(82 Tips)
    Ed
    "Outstanding sandwiches (tortas), soup, churros and hot chocolate!"(75 Tips)
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  • Tom F.
    Tom FoxNovember 17
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food
  • Ram M.
    Tortas, Pozole and Churros
  • Aris G.
    Aris GalatisOctober 2
    OMG those Churros! It's like I died and went to heaven. Regardless if you are there for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you MUST order the churros with chocolate sauce
  • Consta K.
    Consta KJuly 14
    Little gem. High end food in chipotle environment. Rojo something special is way to go. Chicken soup special is also totally worth it
  • Brian P.
    Brian ParkJune 16
    Rick Bayless' restaurant offers better to-go food than every fast food chain combined. Action Bronson-approved; The Sopa de Carnitas is reminiscent of Phó, and the Cochinita Pibil is to die for
  • Claudia L.
    Love torta ahogada from this place, just superb!!
  • Leilei T.
    Leilei TongApril 21
    The sandwiches are great! Had the ahogada which was great! Medium spicy, just the right level :)
  • Lukas C.
    Possibly my favorite restaurant in Chicago. Love the tortas, churros, margaritas... pretty much everything here.
  • Daisy Z.
    Daisy ZookMarch 31
    Food was excellent. However the ordering and seating system is weird. We ordered the churros like everyone suggested and was disappointed with it. I think our churros were over fried.
  • Ed L.
    Ed LevineMarch 17
    It's all fantastic tasting
  • Damon S.
    The sulking pig torta and soup were incredible. Great fresh chips and salsa
  • Luke S.
    Luke SteinMarch 3
    Chilaquiles with pork belly (breakfast menu). Unreal.
  • Brian C.
    Brian ChorbaDecember 10, 2016
    Fantastic sandwiches. Baja chicken was awesome. Ahogada is a pork sandwich with pickled onions in a red soup. Very good.
  • Brian C.
    Brian ChorbaDecember 10, 2016
    Sandwiches: Baja chicken & ahogado
  • Jason T.
    Jason TorresNovember 18, 2016
    Omg, everything is good. Best bet are the pork dishes.
  • Edith N.
    Edith NavaOctober 25, 2016
    Torta ahogada is the best 😋
  • Mike W.
    Mike WinstonOctober 21, 2016
    Celebrity chef Rick Bayless really knows his way around authentic Mexican ingredients. The tortas are incredible – especially the goat-based Barbacoa one, if they're offering it. WinstonWanders.com
  • Matt S.
    Matt SzenicsOctober 15, 2016
    Ahogada Torta is the bomb
  • Avleen V.
    Avleen VigAugust 5, 2016
    Everything! The churros are incredible, and made to order.
  • Katie M.
    Katie MisekJune 30, 2016
    Like the baja chicken and the cubano. Skip the loaded guac and get the naked guac
  • Zoe
    ZoeJune 19, 2016
    Xoco salad is amazing, any additional protein is great too.
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 6, 2016
    Tortas filled with chorizo and cheese or braised short rib with pickled jalapeños warmed in a wood-burning oven. Oh, you should probably save room for churros and chocolate. We love you, Rick Bayless. Read more
  • Richard P.
    Richard PengMay 27, 2016
    The Cubano is delicious! The meat is juicy and tender and it comes with a tasty sauce.
  • Eater
    EaterApril 15, 2016
    Rick Bayless' casual street-food inspired restaurant in River North has an array of breakfast tortas, hot chocolates, and much more in the mornings. Read more
  • Javier L.
    Javier LorenzoApril 10, 2016
    Chori queso, guacamole, almost everything is tasty
  • Cristina D.
    Cristina DordasMarch 21, 2016
    The pepito sandwich is awesome! Yummy!
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BuggyMarch 4, 2016
    You really can't go wrong at Xoco. The Cubana, Pepito, and Milanesa are my favorites!
  • Jessica T.
    Jessica ToliuszisJanuary 22, 2016
    The hot chocolate is Delish!
  • Ed
    EdJanuary 19, 2016
    Outstanding sandwiches (tortas), soup, churros and hot chocolate!
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonDecember 29, 2015
    Great hot cocoa. So so tortas.
  • Lori L.
    Lori LorenzoDecember 24, 2015
    Thought it was only ok.
  • Amruta B.
    Amruta BugeDecember 22, 2015
    Shrimp Torta. 😍🍤
  • Joanna F.
    Joanna FlammNovember 30, 2015
    So good, and counter service is the best! Margarita, chips and guacamole, choriqueso torta, churro with a chocolate shot, perfect dinner.
  • Alisson S.
    Alisson Soche-ForeroNovember 12, 2015
    Crispy catfish torta and a hot cremy aztec chococolate .
  • Gabe B.
    Gabe BatstoneOctober 9, 2015
    Chips and dips!
  • Jono F.
    Jono FerrerSeptember 29, 2015
    Pork belly Wednesdays, churros and hot chocolate
  • Caitlin S.
    Caitlin SalzbergSeptember 16, 2015
    Really great food! Fast and delicious. The Albondigas and peach empanadas were amazing.
  • Leach E.
    Leach E. E.September 14, 2015
    Breakfast was amazing.
  • Roland T.
    Roland TolliverSeptember 5, 2015
    Woodland Mushroom sandwich. Guacamole!
  • Roland T.
    Roland TolliverSeptember 5, 2015
    Favorite place for Mexican food in the city, along with Frontera Grill and Topolobombo. Bayless.
  • Jolene B.
    Jolene BalsimoSeptember 3, 2015
    Not impressed. The people are in a hurry and they don't give a shit about you. They just want to get you in and out. The food was mediocre, and the chips and salsa were chipotle quality.
  • Carolyn S.
    Carolyn SAugust 31, 2015
    EVERYTHING is amazing. Love the Pepito & the Abogahda Torta. Do yourself a favor and get the glazed churro. Pistachio & Hazelnut are phenomenal
  • Hannah F.
    Hannah FiorenzoAugust 22, 2015
    Churros were good. But got the chocolate sauce and did not like..
  • Goodstuff H.
    Goodstuff HallyAugust 14, 2015
    Amazing place
  • Zach D.
    Zach DanielAugust 13, 2015
    Be sure to get the chocolate sauce with your churros 😃
  • Clare L.
    Clare Lynd-PorterAugust 8, 2015
    Guacamole bar!!
  • Emmanuel O.
    Emmanuel OrtizAugust 8, 2015
    Good Mexican taste in Sandwiches, if you need more spicy (like real mexican), ask to waitress for "habanero sauce", Really good...
  • Emmanuel O.
    Emmanuel OrtizAugust 8, 2015
    Mexican taste, is not at all but its ok
  • Saif D.
    Saif DiaAugust 7, 2015
    Menu changes seasonally
  • Ken S.
    Ken SJuly 31, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Churros and Hot Chocolate for a decadent and divine dessert treat!!
  • Rachel W.
    Rachel WhinneryJuly 30, 2015
    Quick and casual with amazing Mexican fare. Don't miss their "bean-to-cup" chocolate. I did, and I regret it. 😁
  • Nate L.
    Nate LawlerJuly 19, 2015
    Can never go wrong with Xoco. Don't miss the churro with chocolate dipping sauce. The guacamole is the best in the world!
  • Sharon B.
    Sharon BarnesJuly 14, 2015
    Hey Xoco, you should join Freebie! It’s pretty rad and the benefits are great for both you and me. Check it out! http://taps.io/freebie
  • Chris C.
    Chris CrowderJune 20, 2015
    The guacamole is great!
  • @chowbelle
    @chowbelleJune 14, 2015
    Freshly ground hot chocolate, tortas, soups and churros!
  • Dr A.
    Dr AlsaddiqueJune 10, 2015
    Their guacamole is to die for!! 😋 don't miss out on Saturday's special 👌🏼
  • Anamaria H.
    Anamaria HernandezMay 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The guac is so-so. It's not nothing special so you can live without it.
  • Wynne J.
    Wynne JacobsonMay 9, 2015
    Hey Xoco, you should join Freebie! The benefits are amazing for both you and me. Read more
  • Ritika B.
    Ritika BorkarMay 4, 2015
    The baja chicken sandwich was amazing! ! Also the chocolate desserts are great. .
  • Rebecca H.
    Rebecca HamptonApril 25, 2015
    Great guacamole and try the cochinita pibil excellent...
  • Pam P.
    Pam P.April 22, 2015
    The guacamole is really interesting. It is topped with items one typically wouldn't expect.
  • Paul F.
    Paul FarrellApril 17, 2015
    Great breakfast. Pork belly chilaquiles super filling and super good
  • Arturo B.
    Arturo BalderasApril 10, 2015
    I absolutely love you Xoco! Check out Freebie today! http://taps.io/freebie
  • Josh G.
    Josh GibbsApril 3, 2015
    Split with a friend. Great place to share.
  • Joellen B.
    Joellen BurgerMarch 26, 2015
    Hey Xoco, join Freebie! Read more
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew StraubMarch 21, 2015
    The roasted shrimp sandwich on Fridays is fantastic, but spicy!
  • Dana J.
    Dana JensenMarch 15, 2015
    The hazelnut churros (and the churros in general) are delicious. Same for the hot chocolate. Honestly everything I've ever had here has been good, so just order whatever strikes your fancy.
  • K C.
    K CMarch 14, 2015
    Casual and fun spot. Come hungry
  • Ben H.
    Ben HandyMarch 11, 2015
    Seasonal specials are always innovative and super fresh. This place is relaxed and fun. Friendly, professional staff help make the experience memorable. Very affordable.
  • Andreas K.
    Andreas KleinerMarch 10, 2015
    Best lunch in Chicago. Try the Ahogada, it's amazing. The side salad is works great if you want something fresh to the hot sauce.
  • The Freehand
    The FreehandMarch 4, 2015
    The brainchild of Chicago's Mexican food maestro, Rick Bayless! Perfect for breakfast/lunch/dinner and cool laid back vibes.
  • Maryam M.
    Maryam MalikFebruary 28, 2015
    Gem of an eatery! So good sandwiches. Love Breakfast empanadas !
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BeckFebruary 27, 2015
    Sooo good. Don't forget churros for dessert
  • Niamh S.
    Niamh SchönherrFebruary 24, 2015
    Love the ahogada. One of my favorite sandwiches in all of Chicago!
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongFebruary 17, 2015
    Try the ahogadas torta! Great place for a cold day.
  • Sean R.
    Sean ReedFebruary 13, 2015
    Great food all around. You can't go wrong!
  • Deepak P.
    Deepak PadmanabhanJanuary 28, 2015
    Try the Carne Asada Torta and Pistachio Glazed Churros!
  • Joe C.
    Joe CarpitaJanuary 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The ahogada looks like the asteroid monster they fly the Millennium Falcon out of in The Empire Strikes Back. And, it's delicious.
  • Jen M.
    Jen Marquez GinnJanuary 4, 2015
    The ahogada torta is the best by far.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiJanuary 4, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the chicken milanesa de pollo torta and churros!! Or check out the daily special!
  • Jesus P.
    Jesus ParadaJanuary 1, 2015
    Got to meet the man tonight. Great food. Great people! Come here and eat!
  • Syed Raziq M.
    Syed Raziq MohideenDecember 27, 2014
    Hot chocolate and churros!
  • Frankie C.
    Frankie CorralDecember 26, 2014
    Can't go wrong with the steak Torta!
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneDecember 22, 2014
    This Mexican themed street food restaurant has a lovely rustic feel to it. Make sure to try the choriqueso, woodland mushroom torta, and Mexican hot chocolate if you pop by. Read more
  • Madeline G.
    Madeline GullettDecember 20, 2014
    The cherry margarita is so yummy!! Also loved the chips and salsa. There were vegetarian options too. Not many vegan options but I got the woodland mushroom without cheese and it was still great!
  • Christopher F.
    Christopher FlossDecember 13, 2014
    Xoco has an amazing soups!!! Great option for Chicago's cold winters...
  • Mohammed H.
    Mohammed Hassan-AliDecember 13, 2014
    I like the atmosphere and the sauces are great. Weird service structure but the host was great!
  • Anamaria H.
    Anamaria HernandezNovember 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Saturday's special is Goat Barbacoa and it is so amazing and delicious.
  • Ilya B.
    Ilya BeyrakNovember 19, 2014
    Awesome Place! Read more
  • Charlie C.
    Charlie CasselberryNovember 13, 2014
    Xoco tortas, chocolate, and churros are the reasons I come to Chicago from Louisiana every year.
  • Melon L.
    Melon LNovember 9, 2014
    Pistachio churro is way too sweet.
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan K.October 7, 2014
    Takeout ordering is at the front, so don't wait in a long line. That said, the waiting for your takeout could not be more uncomfortable since there is almost nowhere to stand.
  • Olivia S.
    Olivia SzetoSeptember 29, 2014
    closed on mondays. but that catfish torta is SO GOOD!
  • Angela
    AngelaSeptember 28, 2014
    The best torta sandwiches here. Flavor explosions galore. Do not skip getting a churro, the chocolate sauce is to die for & they come out fresh and warm. Margarita was just ok here.
  • Anamaria H.
    Anamaria HernandezSeptember 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Margarita was mehh but the Pepito Torta was yum! So buy the food and hit up a bar after for the drinks.
  • QC Industries Conveyors
    QC Industries ConveyorsSeptember 19, 2014
    A more casual dinner that's great after a long day walking a trade show. Their tortas and soups are all wonderful!
  • Paresh M.
    Paresh MSeptember 16, 2014
    Pretty darn good Mushroom soup (vegetarian / vegan) - lots of flavor.
  • Belem
    BelemSeptember 13, 2014
    Cochinita is delicious!! .. Pozole can't say is edible
  • Luiz E.
    Luiz EduardoSeptember 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicharrones + Short rib red chile soup + bottle of Pacifico
  • Bee C.
    Bee ChelseSeptember 7, 2014
    The vegetable caldo, sikil pak dip, guacamole, churro & authentic chocolate are all vegan and delicious!!!!
  • Paulo S.
    Paulo SantosSeptember 6, 2014
    The best churros con leche ever. Lawd.
  • Mark W.
    Mark WongSeptember 5, 2014
    The churros with chocolate sauce were delicious! Definitely don't miss out on these!
  • Gregory W.
    Gregory WangSeptember 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The Mexican breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack options are all very good. My favorites are the churros and the bean-to-cup hot chocolate.
  • Taylor L.
    Taylor LubeckeSeptember 1, 2014
    Chicken Milanese torta & the loaded guacamole are amazing
  • Lucero D.
    Lucero De La TierraAugust 30, 2014
    If you are looking for something gluten free try the carnitas caldo (meal-in-a-bowl). My daughters shared a bowl. Plenty of tender pork, peppery greens, lime and corn masa dumplings.
  • Lucero D.
    Lucero De La TierraAugust 30, 2014
    The cocinita pibil torta is my fave with succulent, spicy pork. Easy with the habanero sauce though. The Saturday roast goat special torta is so yum - yum - yummy, too.
  • Rick I.
    Rick IncAugust 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Saturday chilaquiles, pork belly, Serrano sauce!
  • Justin O.
    Justin OrdovezaAugust 28, 2014
    The sandwiches here are really good. Do not miss the lavender flan.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 27, 2014
    Check out Xoco as seen on Unique Eats Read more
  • Paty C.
    Paty Castro de ZavalaAugust 24, 2014
    Great torta ahogada!
  • Caryn Z.
    Caryn ZavalaAugust 22, 2014
    Torta Ahogada is one of the best Mexican dishes I've had in the US. Awesome flavor, a must while in Chicago.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Rick Gresh, chef of David Burke’s Primehouse, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Ahogada torta. Read more
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff CarterAugust 11, 2014
    Short rib Sammy
  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunAugust 10, 2014
    Tortas were good, chips were alright. There's almost always a waiting line.
  • Man_Used👽👾👽
    Man_Used👽👾👽August 9, 2014
    I give 5 stars to you.
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰August 8, 2014
    Hot chocolate will make you feel like Quetzalcoatl
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneAugust 1, 2014
    Open-face breakfast torta: A slice of bolillo from Labriola is wood-fired until its crust develops black ends. This is slathered in roasted tomato and a bit of black bean, then topped with poached egg Read more
  • Mark S.
    Mark SmithJune 28, 2014
    The best torta is the Milanesa. It is hands down a scrumptious succulent sandwich passed down from a foodie paradise for your taste buds enjoyment!
  • Eunice M.
    Eunice MoonJune 7, 2014
    Churros with hot choco and custard are mindblowingly delicious.
  • Brendan O.
    Brendan O'NeilJune 6, 2014
    Get anything pork and habanero sauce (tread lightly my friends)
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistMay 5, 2014
    XOCO churros are always fried to order, so they're still really warm by the time they reach your hands. The intense rich flavor of cinnamon and fried dough make them one of the city's best snacks. Read more
  • Gursimran T.
    Gursimran ToorApril 12, 2014
    Goat barbbacoa is amazing. A must eat.
  • Jennie C.
    Jennie CrichlowMarch 14, 2014
    Being your own server has it's benefits. Get the churros with chocolate dipping sauce
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergMarch 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    If you see Rick Bayless behind the counter, tell him you know me. It won't get you a free churro, but it's a conversation starter.
  • Raksha R.
    Raksha RavikumarFebruary 26, 2014
    Woodland Mushroom Torta makes my heart go boom boom boom. Be sure to ask for vegetarian beans if you prefer them!
  • Ayman A.
    Ayman Al-AbdullahFebruary 15, 2014
    The best Mexican restaurant this side of Mazatlan. The chicken tinga torta is what heaven is made of.
  • Pamela C.
    Pamela CarpenterFebruary 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Save room for the churros! Amazing.
  • !:gem:!
    !:gem:!February 1, 2014
    Must try this place
  • Chauderz
    ChauderzJanuary 30, 2014
    So good... Lines can get long, so be patient!
  • Nicole G.
    Nicole GenawJanuary 25, 2014
    Best thing was the Pork Belly Vermicelli
  • Cresencio S.
    Cresencio SilvaJanuary 3, 2014
    The tortas are amazing. The bread is equally important and high quality
  • Rockwell H.
    Rockwell HunterNovember 23, 2013
    Sandwiches are very shareable.
  • Kevin ⚡.
    Kevin ⚡ LiuNovember 5, 2013
    Drink the hot chocolate and become Quetzalcoatl!
  • Chrissy C.
    Chrissy CooganOctober 26, 2013
    The Ahogada is the greatest sandwich ever. The bread is perfect for the spicy tomato broth
  • Catherine C.
    Catherine ChungOctober 15, 2013
    Absolutely delicious. Be careful about the spiciness! Then again, you can always "cool off" with their churros.
  • Odo
    OdoOctober 13, 2013
    Nice breakfast. Empanadas are really good. Chilaquiles are amazing. full review... Read more
  • Colleen E.
    Colleen ElizabethOctober 9, 2013
    Everything is delicious, but the Ahagado torts is perfection.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsOctober 8, 2013
    Nowhere else can you get a torta as expertly constructed or a cup of hot chocolate made from cocoa beans roasted in house.
  • Monica H.
    Monica HikaruOctober 5, 2013
    all delicious!!
  • Wagner T.
    Wagner TamanahaSeptember 29, 2013
    Try the Agua Del Dia - Cucumber and Lemon juice
  • James B.
    James BSeptember 28, 2013
    Ahogada (medium or mild) and churro a with chocolate.
  • Jenny C.
    Jenny CSeptember 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The Milanesa. Oh my.
  • studioL
    studioLAugust 30, 2013
    We loved the Pepito Torta (slow-cooked short rib sandwich) and the super fresh guacamole and chips... Delicious!
  • Chris B.
    Chris BurkeAugust 29, 2013
    The milanesa is dope!!!
  • Chris A.
    Chris ABAugust 20, 2013
    It's Rick Bayless, Bitch! (Best Chappelle voice)
  • Aaron R.
    Aaron RosenbergAugust 18, 2013
    If they have the goat torta, get it.
  • Stephen T.
    Stephen TroutmanJuly 20, 2013
    You can buy a beer while you are waiting in line. Just go up to the cash register
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergJuly 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Guacamole and chips are fresh and wonderful.
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergJuly 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The choriqueso torts is sinfully wonderful.
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergJuly 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything is amazing here.
  • Zeke F.
    Zeke FrancoJuly 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Your over thinking it, everything is good here. ;)
  • Megan L.
    Megan LamboleyJune 16, 2013
    The Pepito is fabulous! Very savory. I also recommend the agua fresca.
  • Sherry F.
    Never, ever disappointed with this place!
  • Rick L.
    Rick LindemannJune 11, 2013
    Get here before 10 a.m. if you want to choose from the full breakfast menu.
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle MartinJune 1, 2013
    Fantastic Tortas!!!
  • George W.
    George WilksonMay 10, 2013
    They should make their items order-able from my smart phone by adding them to the app "appay biz". That way, I can order ahead using "appay"!!!!!!!!!
  • Patrick L.
    Patrick LabadieMay 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the cubana.
  • Linda B.
    Linda BaoApril 26, 2013
    churros + hot chocolate dipping sauce = :O delicious!
  • kiki's BFF
    kiki's BFFApril 10, 2013
    Try the Seasonal Caldo
  • kiki's BFF
    kiki's BFFApril 10, 2013
    Try the Pork Belly Torta - Melt in your mouth goodness
  • Kristina P.
    Kristina PuccinelliApril 5, 2013
    Already want to go back. Think Mexican on a grilled sandwich with a great beer selection.
  • Paul H.
    Paul HannanMarch 29, 2013
    Very delicious meal and great staff. Well worth the wait... Or just do takeout.
  • Andrew V.
    Andrew VioletteMarch 21, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Go here Wednesday nights when the have tacos al pastor. They are my new favorite menu item.
  • Jenny Y.
    Jenny YoonMarch 9, 2013
    Churro is damn good but the Authentic hot chocolate? Not so much. Too sweet for my taste buds.
  • flavvio13 .
    The Pepito torta had braised tallgrass shortribs, caramelized onion, artisan Jack cheese, black beans and pickled jalapenos (soomeenshee )
  • Amy P.
    Amy PriestleyJanuary 30, 2013
    Order a torta (sandwich) for lunch, the agua del dia to drink, and a flavored churro like pistachio for dessert. Wowza!
  • Guadalupe C.
    Guadalupe CarranzaJanuary 22, 2013
    My husbands favorite is the Torta Ahogada, I love the Shortrib Red Chile Soup.
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinJanuary 17, 2013
    opened by celebrity chef rick bayless!! super touristy but def try the Open-Faced Breakfast Torta
  • Margaret N.
    Margaret NolanJanuary 11, 2013
    I was under the impression that the soup would be like stew...that is not so! The soup is normal, good spices but I would say get a torta. I like thick soup which this soup was NOT.
  • Aileen T.
    Aileen TseJanuary 5, 2013
    the chocolate con churros is unbelievable
  • John C.
    John ClineDecember 29, 2012
    Best horchata. Period.
  • Mat B.
    Mat BurnettDecember 28, 2012
    Mushroom Torta is the shizz
  • Maeve T.
    Maeve TobinDecember 28, 2012
    I wasn't wowed by the vegetable torta, which became soggy and messy. However, I had a fabulous breakfast here and the hot chocolate is amazing.
  • Abby M.
    Abby MeixnerDecember 23, 2012
    Just good, not great. Food is oversalted. Like that they serve you a marg while you wait in line.
  • Jess G.
    Jess GodfreyDecember 14, 2012
    Worth the trip from Montana...hard party was deciding what to eat
  • Jack H.
    Jack HallDecember 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the agua del dia. It doesn't matter what it is that day it is always tasty
  • Amanda R.
    Amanda RileyDecember 6, 2012
    The carne asada torta special on Thursdays is my favorite sandwich of all time.
  • Betty B.
    Betty BeNovember 21, 2012
    hot chocolate tasted like i was eating a melted bar of chocolate, so THICK! and churros were just OK.
  • Denrael
    DenraelNovember 9, 2012
    Try the tres leches - And hot chocolate from fresh roasted beans
  • Denrael
    DenraelNovember 9, 2012
    Try the Chicken Pasole Verde
  • Denrael
    DenraelNovember 9, 2012
    Try the Guacamole and Chips
  • Andrew V.
    Andrew VioletteNovember 8, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the ahogada. Best torta on the menu
  • Andrew V.
    Andrew VioletteNovember 8, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Homemade Churros in chocolate dipping sauce
  • John D.
    John DunlevyNovember 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The aguas del dia are always good.
  • Nguyen D.
    Nguyen DuongNovember 2, 2012
    The short rib with red chile soup
  • Lawrence J.
    Lawrence JoeyOctober 22, 2012
    I'm still waiting for my dessert that I bought on August 11th and still haven't got it! :-( ...great place tho. Be careful, spicy, means motherfreaking spicy!
  • Kelli D.
    Kelli DalyOctober 9, 2012
    Pretty tasty.. And I will be back... But 12$ for just a sandwich? :/
  • Margot B.
    Margot BloomsteinOctober 9, 2012
    Get churros topped with maple bacon salted caramel ice cream. Wow.
  • elizabeth S.
    elizabeth ScottSeptember 10, 2012
    Amazing tortas!
  • Emily
    EmilySeptember 6, 2012
    Expect to wait at least 20 minutes for seats on any given day. Love getting churros to dip in a cup of champurrado (Mexico City thick hot chocolate) and the goat barbacoa torta.
  • Michelle P.
    Michelle ParatoreAugust 31, 2012
    Mushroom torts with goat cheese and arugula is the best sandwich I think I've ever had
  • Dennis D.
    Dennis DomingoAugust 16, 2012
    Try the Churros con Chocolate - The best churros ever
  • Dennis D.
    Dennis DomingoAugust 16, 2012
    Try the Ahogada Torta - Very good sandwich
  • Carlo A.
    Carlo ArceoAugust 15, 2012
    Make sure to get the conchita pidil! I'm warning you about the habanero sauce tho! It's muy caliente
  • Helena N.
    Helena NacinovicAugust 9, 2012
    Tres Leches cake is HEAVEN
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BuckleyAugust 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Any torta on the menu is worth it!
  • Kenneth T.
    Kenneth TiongJuly 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Churros 4.75/5. Aztec chocolate 5/5. Authentic chocolate 4.75/5. Tortas generally 4.25/5. Chicharonnes 5/5. Xoco will be immortalized for Churros and chocolate, not Tortas
  • Andrew
    AndrewJune 19, 2012
    lots of beer
  • The Quest For Zest
    The Quest For ZestJune 14, 2012
    One of our most favorite breakfast places when we're in Chicago. Churos are an absolute must. Skip the Intelligentsia coffee and get a Mexican hot chocolate for the full experience. Read more
  • Rick T.
    Rick TantonJune 13, 2012
    Get the Aztec bean-to-cup chocolate, with fresh-ground chocolate, water, chile, and allspice in a perfect drink. Pair it with the best huevos rancheros you've had outside Mexico.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJune 4, 2012
    Breakfast at Rick Bayless’s most casual spot yet is quiet perfection: a cup of masterfully concocted hot chocolate, a flaky egg empanada, one hell of a sugar-and-cocoa-coated churro.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMay 28, 2012
    Breakfast at Rick Bayless’s most casual spot yet is quiet perfection: a cup of masterfully concocted hot chocolate, a flaky egg empanada, one hell of a sugar-and-cocoa-coated churro.-BC Read more
  • Joy H.
    Joy HaysMay 19, 2012
    Go tortas and ask to sample all there sauces!!! Don't let the yellow habanero fool you. Freaking HOT!!!!
  • Nation's Restaurant News
    One of the top Chicago dining picks to visit during the 2012 NRA Show from the Nation's Restaurant News editorial team! Read more
  • Manbque
    ManbqueApril 10, 2012
    Try their daily torta specials. The Tuesday pork/guacamole is amazing. Make sure to try their green salsa, it's delicious.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMarch 28, 2012
    Lines extend out the door for tortas filled with fatty, crispy pork carnitas. Caldos like braised-short-rib soup and chicken stew with toothsome posole are the ideal prelude to a churro. Read more
  • Chelsea H.
    Chelsea HoffmanMarch 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Pepito is in my top three sandwiches of all time. Amazing!!
  • Adam S.
    Adam SegerMarch 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Ahogado "Sandwich of the Mayan Gods" Carnitas, crunchy bread, spicy tomato-chile broth, love
  • Kristina P.
    Kristina PowersFebruary 25, 2012
    Try the chocolate and almond drink! To die for.
  • Alex C.
    Alex CasariegoFebruary 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    best chips and guac in the city, the Ahogada is the king of sandwichesz
  • Megan
    MeganFebruary 11, 2012
    They do not serve diet coke. Come on, Rick.
  • Adam H.
    Adam HickeyJanuary 30, 2012
    Well worth the wait but make sure you budget time for it. Be sure to order the churros and hot chocolate.
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Time Out Chicago KidsJanuary 13, 2012
    Xoco steams up bean-to-cup Aztec hot chocolate with allspice and chile.
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineJanuary 11, 2012
    Help support Chef Rick Bayless’s charity The Frontera Farmer Foundation through FOOD & WINE’s “Chefs Make Change” program! Click to donate www.foodandwine.com/donate
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Time Out Chicago KidsJanuary 11, 2012
    Though some of Rick Bayless’s complex hot cocoas are more adult-oriented, the Classic (with two-percent milk) and Ultra (with whole milk) are like delicious chocolate soups. Read more
  • BOLLO
    BOLLODecember 21, 2011
    22 minutes for 2 sandwiches and some chips and salsa..at 11am on a Wed?! Unacceptable.
  • Verdi E.
    Verdi ErgünDecember 17, 2011
    Order the hot chocolate WITH the dulce de leche. Guacamole is okay, but comes with both amazing salsas. Portobello torta is perfect for garlic lovers.
  • Todd L.
    Todd LongmireNovember 30, 2011
    The chips and guac are outstanding. A hint of lime make the chips some of the best I've ever had.
  • Veronica C.
    Veronica ChaidezNovember 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If its your first time here you must get the Torta Ahogada - dont worry you can choose your temp - mild med hot...
  • Juan P.
    Juan PenaNovember 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try la torta de milanesa, is the best.
  • Michelle R.
    Michelle RobertsNovember 15, 2011
    The vegetable caldo and aztec hot chocolate was fabulous and filling.
  • RadioShack
    RadioShackNovember 7, 2011
    Nothing’s better than a sweet warm-up on a cold day. If you’re in Chi-town, don’t skip XOCO. Not only will you get great food, their hot cocoa is always So Right.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SegerNovember 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Ahogada Wood Oven Torta @XoCo 'Spicy, add Avocado' is in a league w/ The Ralph @ Mother's in NOLA & Boulud's Burger
  • CBS Local
    CBS LocalNovember 1, 2011
    Hot chocolate and churros so mind numbingly pleasing you’ll forget about your diet. - CBS Chicago Read more
  • Lin L.
    Lin LinNovember 1, 2011
    Try the Pork Belly And Vermicelli Noodles - This dish was an exquisite blend of perfectly fried pork belly, veggies and noodles in spicy broth. Make sure you try this!
  • Cameron H.
    Cameron HedgesOctober 9, 2011
    Just eat everything!
  • Jason W.
    Jason WachterSeptember 30, 2011
    Get the churros with chocolate dipping sauce.
  • Jillian
    JillianSeptember 26, 2011
    Rick Bayless never disappoints! Can't go wrong with Cochinita Pibil, Chicken Tinga, or Cubana torta. The caldos totally hit the spot too. Don't forget to order a churro or a hot chocolate - delicious!
  • Jackie HJ C.
    Jackie HJ ChoSeptember 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Triple c's! Cubana, churros & chocolate!
  • Michael C.
    Michael CaputoSeptember 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Everyone says it, but it's worth repeating one more time. make sure you try the churros and dipping chocolate. It's amazeballs
  • John C.
    John CaspariSeptember 15, 2011
    Best sandwiches ever.
  • Chris C.
    Chris ColemanSeptember 8, 2011
    Try the special pork shoulder torta if it's available!
  • Kate S.
    Kate SnowSeptember 1, 2011
    Summer = Ceviche
  • Matt T.
    Matt TobinAugust 30, 2011
    Definitely get the chorizo torta for breakfast!
  • Scot S.
    Scot StanfieldAugust 22, 2011
    The Aztec hot chocolate is one of the greatest things I've ever drunk.
  • Ryan V.
    Ryan VaughanAugust 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Bacon and Pecan French Toast cooked in a wood burning oven was outstanding.
  • Rod C.
    Rod CappyAugust 18, 2011
    The pork belly noodle dish is amazing.
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveAugust 15, 2011
    Try the $12 cochinita pibil torta bulging with wood–roasted suckling pig, achiote, and pickled onion.
  • Micki M.
    Micki MaynardAugust 10, 2011
    There is beer and wine and outdoor seating. Perfect for a quick after work drink.
  • Sarah L.
    Sarah LopezJuly 18, 2011
    Not open on Mondays. Boo :(
  • Teri G.
    Teri GidwitzJuly 17, 2011
    Delicious. Go with friends, order a bunch of different things and share so you can try more stuff. Read more
  • Michael L.
    Michael LealJuly 12, 2011
    Great carnitas sandwich dipped in a chile juajillo sauce.
  • Seve P.
    Seve Ponce de LeonJuly 7, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Get a shot of one of their freshly-roasted hot chocolates!
  • Foresight Design Initiative
    Love this spot. Get the churros! If you love Rick Bayless as much as we do, join us on Facebook to bring him to a speaking event! Read more
  • Pamela C.
    Pamela CarpenterJune 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite is the Milanesa.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BroylesJune 7, 2011
    Digging everything here, but even their simple jicama salad is refreshing Read more
  • Oddie G.
    Oddie GopalanJune 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The ahagado is the best sandwich
  • Jesse M.
    Jesse Mintz-RothJune 4, 2011
    Breakfast: chilequiles
  • Paula A.
    Paula AMay 17, 2011
    Try the limonada, it's one of the best things I've ever drank!
  • Isa T.
    Isa TraversoMay 14, 2011
    Weird concept. Food is ok but slow and lines are endless. I will go back when its empty.
  • Nilay G.
    Nilay GandhiMay 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Everyone gets the Pibil and burns their eyes out. Don't sleep on the woodland mushroom and PFF goat cheese, w amazing red sauce.
  • Eric S.
    Eric SlepakApril 29, 2011
    Pork belly vermicelli--easily the best dish with a rhyme in its name ever.
  • jonathan d.
    jonathan dausApril 24, 2011
    Good avocados, but ask for extra dressing on the side for the xoco salad
  • AnyClip
    AnyClipApril 11, 2011
    In this street Billie was arrested in Public Enemies, watch the scene now! Read more
  • Todd C.
    Todd CarpenterApril 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The lines are way shorter at night.
  • christina leigh m.
    Churros for the win! Ask for a sample of the bacon ice cream. It's hardly smaller than the small and is amazing for dipping your churro in!
  • Ross G.
    Ross GuthrieApril 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Go on thurs for the day's special: the pork torts with mole sauce
  • Pinch R.
    Pinch RMarch 25, 2011
    this place is always packed
  • Cori M.
    Cori MoziloMarch 18, 2011
    Order the ahogada. It will rock your world.
  • Chad
    ChadMarch 9, 2011
    Almendrado is unreal. Vegetarian caldo is outstanding
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelMarch 3, 2011
    Rick Bayless is a world-renowned authority on authentic Mexican cuisine. He's also a genius in the kitchen. XOCO is Rick's love letter to Mexican street food. -- Andrew Zimmern, Bizarre Foods Read more
  • Wesley J.
    Wesley JFebruary 11, 2011
    The lamb adobodo (special) is amazing!
  • Dan M.
    Dan MelilloFebruary 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the Pozole caldo with an Aztec. Wonderful.
  • Brett D.
    Brett DeFevereFebruary 8, 2011
    Short Rib Caldos FTW!
  • Jim M.
    Jim MJanuary 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Pepito. Hot Chocolate. Unreal.
  • Anthony G.
    Anthony GalanteJanuary 25, 2011
    I frequent here for my morning cup. Americano or Cortado, please
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 12, 2011
    Rick Bayless introduced Mexican street food to the masses, who line up daily for huevos rancheros for breakfast and return for pork belly tortas and seafood caldos at lunch. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Marie A.
    Marie ArtimNovember 27, 2010
    Amazing food - don't let the simple menu fool you!
  • Robbie S.
    Robbie S.November 19, 2010
    Great cafe Au lait with almond milk.
  • Alexander W.
    Alexander WestNovember 19, 2010
    Get the Cubana torta and some limonada. the churros are great too
  • Mazda
    MazdaNovember 18, 2010
    Award-winning chef-restaurateur, cookbook author, and television personality Rick Bayless has done more than any other culinary star to introduce Americans to authentic Mexican cuisine.
  • Crystal H.
    Crystal HadawayNovember 14, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    go for the goat torta on saturdays. hard to beat.
  • Anne S.
    Anne SmithNovember 10, 2010
    Pepito. Yum
  • bryan v.
    bryan vargasNovember 9, 2010
    Don't leave without a churro... Yum!
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChungNovember 6, 2010
    waaahhh! salsa costs a buck a pop at this joint, so just bring your own unless you want to spend $20 on it. but the food is worth the wait, fo' sho.
  • Christine T.
    Christine TantocoOctober 29, 2010
    Get the barcelona hot chocolate!
  • Christine T.
    Christine TantocoOctober 29, 2010
    They have sparkling water on tap!
  • Dave W.
    Dave WOctober 14, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food but it is slow even when there is no line so don't go if you are in a hurry.
  • Sandra K.
    Sandra KOctober 11, 2010
    Closed on Mondays.
  • Steve W.
    Steve WonSeptember 24, 2010
    The Barcelona tastes like melted chocolate. Amazing.
  • Lauren A.
    Lauren AcostaSeptember 22, 2010
    Get there early to avoid the lines, but even if you don't it's worth the wait!
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    Bon Appetit MagazineSeptember 20, 2010
    Rick Bayless' counter spot specializes in tortas (think Mexican sandwiches), churros, and after 3:00 p.m., incomparable caldos—soups filled with short ribs, pork carnitas, or wood-roasted chicken. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoSeptember 17, 2010
    XOCO, Rick Bayless', fast-casual ode to tortas, caldos, churros and chocolate. Read more
  • Michelle G.
    Michelle GSeptember 3, 2010
    Pepito w/pickled jalepeños on the side was delicious!!!
  • Steve S.
    Steve SielatyckiAugust 28, 2010
    Milanesa is amazing.
  • Adam G.
    Adam GraffAugust 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Those fruffy drinks are great on a hot day
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff CanzonaAugust 19, 2010
    The "Ahogada" literally means drowned. In deliciousness!
  • Marco M.
    Marco MorelliAugust 18, 2010
    Get the churros with the vanilla soft serve ice cream.
  • Jennifer M.
    Jennifer MartinAugust 14, 2010
    Saturday at 11-11:15am - no line - plenty of seating
  • Andy M.
    Andy MartinAugust 14, 2010
    Awesome - simply awesome!
  • A. K.
    A. KhanAugust 4, 2010
    The mushroom tortas are great, as are the churros with ice cream.
  • Steve A.
    Steve AndersonJuly 21, 2010
    Watch out for the Hababero Sauce. It's great but SPICY!
  • Joel B.
    Joel BarredoJuly 20, 2010
    More than worth the trip! This place is AMAZING!!! If you like espresso, theirs freaking rock. The tortas are especially yummy too.
  • Chris R.
    Chris RobertsJune 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Imagine if Subway made excellent mexican sandwiches and charged twice the price, you'd have Xoco, instead of the Jared diet, I'm going on the Rick Bayless diet
  • Wilson T.
    Wilson TennisMay 29, 2010
    Try the Carnitas soup. It's amazing.Make sure you try the watermelon juice
  • Alison
    AlisonMay 28, 2010
    Churros, hot chocolate and soft serve! Oh my!
  • Suzanne K.
    Suzanne KoMay 22, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the goat barbacoa torta special on Saturday - absolutely awesome in smoky flavor! Other tasty items are the hazelnut chocolate cookie, ice cream and limonada.
  • Nate L.
    Nate LongMay 22, 2010
    Rick Bayless doesn't disappoint. Don't overlook the churros at this place. Good stuff.
  • Crain's Chicago Business
    Bayless' hot chocolate is a can't miss. The Mexican cocoa beans are ground tantalizingly close to the food line, and they're so rich you won't miss the milk in this water-based brew. Read more
  • Laura W.
    Laura WatkinsApril 30, 2010
    If you can, go on a Wednesday. The special pork belly torta is AMAZING.
  • Jacqueline
    JacquelineApril 28, 2010
    order the Churros. Sweet, fried goodness anytime of day!
  • Dane K.
    Dane KantnerApril 16, 2010
    Cochinita pibil washed down with bacon caramel studel ice cream = winner
  • Mike Q.
    Mike QuanApril 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The Churros are worth the wait.
  • P K.
    P KMarch 28, 2010
    Come Saturdays for the goat. Wow. Rick is a genius.
  • Michael W.
    Michael WinnickMarch 23, 2010
    Conchita Pebil = yum
  • Rene D.
    Rene DelgadoMarch 15, 2010
    concepting coffee
  • Mike C.
    Mike CoxFebruary 23, 2010
    The Ahogada hot is serious. Make sure you get some extra water.
  • David M.
    David MuradFebruary 23, 2010
    The hibiscus lemongrass aqua fresca is fantastic. Get here before 11:30 for lunch.
  • Spencer S.
    Spencer SFebruary 10, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    They apparently started this week with daily torta specials. Tuesday is Carnitas
  • Eric H.
    Eric HeneghanFebruary 5, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Go after 3pm to get the soup. Carnitas and posole is ridiculous. Brings me back to childhood in Mexico.
  • Caitlin M.
    Caitlin McKeighenFebruary 2, 2010
    Everyone I was with hated the famous hot chocolate, had a sweet sickly flavor. But the churros were incredibly authentic-tasting! Will be going back to try more!
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergJanuary 16, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Hot chocolate and a churro. Doesn't get much better.
  • Jonathan L.
    Jonathan Linton®January 15, 2010
    Try the hot chocolate...its literally like liquid chocolate...AMAZING!!!!
  • Nilednam T.
    Nilednam TraJanuary 12, 2010
    The breakfast empenadas are also excellent
  • Mike Q.
    Mike QuanDecember 19, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Tortas, sopas, hot chocolate & churros. Oh my!
  • Ducky D.
    Ducky DuckDecember 12, 2009
    chocoflan!!
  • Jose R.
    Jose RiveraNovember 11, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    The Cochinita Pibil is to kill for.
  • Steve B.
    Steve BauerNovember 11, 2009
    cochinita pibil torta is amazing!
  • Cathi O.
    Cathi OdtohanOctober 30, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    I shouldn't have to tell you to try the churros & hot chocolate. But for some added decadence, use a churro to scoop up the Negra Modelo Chocolate ice cream. YUM
  • Merly p.
    Merly payneOctober 24, 2009
    Not even gonna lie: I'm obsessed and will not rest 'til I've had everything on the menu. I'm not a must-eat-at-hot-new-restaurant type, but it's all so delicious, and Bayless is one of the good guys.
  • Dave C.
    Dave ClarkOctober 16, 2009
    try the Cubana or Pepito. awesome food.
  • Benjamin B.
    Benjamin BlackmerSeptember 9, 2009
    Eat some excellent Rick Bayless food.
  • Raul C.
    Raul CarmonaAugust 6
    La torta de cochinita y el caldo de carnitas rifan!
  • Alejandro C.
    Alejandro CJanuary 26
    El caldo de carnitas un poco salado, las tortas son buenas. Tenía más expectativas. Bueno en general. La música de regueton en el restaurante es molesta, no es mexicana, no todos en México la escuchan
  • Ivonne R.
    Ivonne RamirezMay 29, 2016
    Las tortas son deliciosas. Mi favorita Es cochinita Pibil!!!
  • A N.
    A NOctober 2, 2015
    Tortas, micheladas
  • Jorge C.
    Jorge ChavezApril 4, 2015
    Restaurante casual de Rick Bayles
  • Dan B.
    Dan BoddeOctober 10, 2014
    Pork Tostadas
  • Vanessa
    VanessaSeptember 19, 2014
    Agua de Jamaica hands-down; so refreshing!
  • Mormodes L.
    Mormodes LópeziiSeptember 15, 2013
    La Micheladas es sorprendentemente buena. Sabe mejor que muchas que probado.
  • Mauricio V.
    Mauricio VillarrealJuly 20, 2013
    Estan buenisimos los molletes y la granola recomendadisimo
  • Kenneth T.
    Kenneth TiongAugust 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Carnitas caldo 4.75/5 shortrib caldo 4.5/5 green chicken pozole 4.25/5
  • Jake C.
    Jake ChalkleyJune 20, 2012
    Ahogada Torta
  • Masquerade
    MasqueradeMay 1, 2011
    Nggak ada nasi goreng...
  • Francesco S.
    Francesco SpagnuloJanuary 31, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    dip churros in homemade vanilla...delicious
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