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Frontera/Tompolobampo: 2nd Time Not a Charm


Restaurants & Bars Chicago Area

Frontera/Tompolobampo: 2nd Time Not a Charm

chucktowneater | | Apr 22, 2007 10:15 PM

I ate at Topolobampo for lunch about a month ago with a colleague last time I was in town. During that visit I found the food disappointing to say the least, especially considering the hype this restaurant had received. Although I was not impressed, I decided to go back with several friends this weekend to the Frontera grill on Friday night to give it another go . The result: everyone was underwhelmed. 2 of us had the pork in a mole sauce. It was by far the blandest interpretation of mole I've ever had. My ex's mom used to make the best mole, and I wasn't expecting mole quite that good; tasty would have been sufficient. It wasn't. Coupled with that, the pork was literally 2 centimeters thick. While it was cooked to an appropriate temp (medium), it was odd to be served these thin, bland pieces of pork. My SO had the mahi mahi special, which I tried, and was quite bland as well, drastically underseasoned. The black beans that accompanied the mahi mahi were good though. So were the guacamole and taquitos we had to start. Ok, so they can make black beans, guacamole, and taquitos. So can I, and IMHO better than each of their interpretations. There will be no 3rd try. There are far too many restaurants in this city to waste time and money on. This review is not meant to make bitter digs at the restaurant; rather to share with others that money is better spent elsewhere. For instance, the following night we ate at One Sixty Blue and had a fabulous meal. It's not that I don't like Mexican food. I certainly do. I just happen to like good Mexican food.

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