Starting off Chicago with a hell of a lot of good eats, thanks to my incredibly familiar Chicago-loving Sister. My biggest trouble with visiting a new city has always been relying - a tedious amount - on Yelp, then ending up with a dish infront of me that was way below the hype! My biggest key in life, is not to expect too much, but Yelp twists these expectations for me way beyond my ideal. Big examples, are extended to (of course) my soiled trips around the U.S. Xoco is one of Rick Bayless' three beautiful restaurants, situated on the single strip in Chicago on North Clark St. Xoco focuses on a good ol' spot for Takeaway, Breakie, Lunch, and Late Night options, filling the menu with a heap of Street Food - both sweet and savoury - by the dish!
The first bite to invite my descent into falling in love with Chicago, Xoco was definitely the right place. Bold flavours ooze into your mind as you go over the menu - Chipotle Catfish, Iced Mint Chocolate, Wood-roasted Suckling Pig..... Holy moly. This was just too much for me to imagine, we went with a few good intros. Being sick for the first week in Chicago, we stayed clear of anything fried, which was a pity since we really wanted to have a go at a good platter of their House-made and Fried Tortillas and Guac.