MEXICAN SPICE

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You’ve had reservations for weeks, and the moment has finally arrived: You and your significant other will be dining at Topolobampo tonight, and you’re excited. “Topolo,” for those in the know, is master chef Rick Bayless’ ultra-upscale Mexican restaurant, and if you’re expecting an evening of tacos and quesadillas served by sombrero-topped waiters, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Relax in an atmosphere of refined elegance, with museum-quality art by magical realist painter Rodolfo Morales on the walls and flickering candles on every table. As if by magic, your attentive server appears the moment you want something, ready to bring you another mezcal margarita or answer questions about the cuisine. Go à la carte and choose between entrees like 18-hour beef short rib and Atlantic striped bass, or relax and let the chef take over with a tasting menu that ranges from Mexican festival food to wild game to little-known regional classics. Whatever you decide, expect plenty of sharing across the table. You’ll want to taste every morsel that comes out of the kitchen, from the freshly-shucked ostiones from the raw bar to the Oaxacan chocolate mesquite cakes for dessert. After the plates have been cleared, linger for a while and take a deep look into your sweetheart’s eyes. You’ve both just experienced the ultimate expression of Mexican cuisine, and made one more memory to cherish together in the days ahead.

Topolobampo

445 N Clark St Chicago IL 60654

(312) 661-1434

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