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  • Scott L.

    Disappointing on a few levels. I got to the airport well before my flight, so I decided to grab some breakfast. I saw Frontera and thought that a breakfast torta would be good. When I placed my order, the place was nearly deserted, yet the cashier told me my order would take 10 minutes. It's a good thing I wasn't rushing to catch a flight because it took every bit of 10 minutes, perhaps longer. Second issue was that I ordered a coffee. I was charged $2.60 for a weak, bland cup of coffee that was only filled about 2/3rds the way. I thought perhaps they gave refills so I didn't complain. That is until I went to get a refill and was told that they don't. I complained that the was only filled slightly more than half and that for two and a half bucks, I expect more than that. Fortunately the girl behind the counter went and filled my cup halfway. On to the food. I had the bacon and egg torta. There were hardly and eggs (small scrambled lumps), but it is unlikely that I would have tasted them anyway, as the chipotle sauce overpowered the taste of everything else. It just didn't taste good, and that was all you could taste. Nothing horrible here, just all around mediocre, but at a premium price. I would have been much more satisfied eating a McDonalds breakfast burrito across the hall. McDonalds coffee is better too.

    (3)
  • Haywood J.

    If you have a layover at O'Hare, this place shouldn't be missed. I usually get the Cubana - a delicious Mexican sandwich. Rick Bayless knows how to make some great food with terrific blending of flavors.

    (5)
  • John I.

    Great food in Terminal 3 at O'hare? You've got to be kidding me! No, it's true. My tortilla soup, Torta Cubana and whatever special brew Goose Island makes for him has made Rick Bayless my hero again. In fact, I ate there yesterday after I returned from a trip, before hopping in a cab before going home! Minus one star because it takes 10 minutes to get a sandwich, even for takeaway. It takes a few minutes in the sandwich press, but really?

    (4)
  • Kerry S.

    Smoked pork mollete (cross between pizza and open faced sandwich) was amazing! The tortilla soup was awful and greasy -- I couldn't even choke it down and had to throw it away. I was really eager to try this place bc I watch the chef's TV show. Would come back and try the corn chowder next time, and everything else but the tortilla soup.

    (4)
  • Vanessa G.

    Pretty superb food here considering you're in an airport. Only downside is that's it's expensive!

    (4)
  • Christina M.

    Who ever thought you could get some of the best chips and guacamole in Chicago at the O'Hare Airport? I didn't! But it's true, they're the best. Oh, and don't forget the phenomenal margaritas!

    (4)
  • Jake S.

    I'd be happy with this food outside of an airport, but it's airport location earns it five stars. Friendly staff, great food, awesome 'ritas.

    (5)
  • John S.

    I'm torn whether I should be magnanimous towards Tortas Frontera... after all, I live in LA - arguably the hub of all great Messican food in the US - and this is airport food. Still, I can't help but think that this place is not nearly as great as so many people have said. Granted, some of the tortas like the Milanesa and the Cochinita Pibil are pretty tasty... but they're also expensive and fairly small. I'm also amazed at the heat level of the habanero salsa that comes with the Cochinita Pibil sandwich. As litigious as Americans are, I'm surprised that those who've experienced heart palpitations at the Scoville units of the sauce have not sued Rick Bayless yet. That last sentence's grammatical structure was just... terrible...

    (3)
  • Jon P.

    I've had several of the tortas including a breakfast torta and so far they have all been great. . I try to stop by Tortas Frontera whenever I am at O'hare

    (5)
  • katie j.

    I spent a ridiculous amount of time at O'Hare recently and ate at Tortas Frontera three times in the span of six days (no joke). Tortas Frontera offers some pretty solid food considering it's in an airport. Their food is fresh, their decor a welcome escape from the typical, depressing airport food courts. [FYI - A torta is a Mexican sandwich made on a grill, in case you're wondering.] The Foodnalysis: - Cubana Torta - Smoked pork loin, bacon, beans, chihuahua cheese (soft cow's milk), avocado. A nice version of a classic cuban sandwich. - Smoky Garlic Shrimp Torta - I liked this more than the Cubana. It had some spice to it (likely the poblano rajas) and the seared shrimp were hearty in flavor. - Taqueria Salad - Romaine and arugula based salad, also spicy! Don't order if you can't handle spicy food. I added smoked pork which made this salad even better. - Naked Guacamole - Freshly made chunky guacamole served with a side of chips. You can also order the guac "fully dressed" with all toppings including bacon, pepitas, sun-dried tomatoes, spicy roasted peppers and a queso cotija-fresco mix. - Aguas Frescas - These drinks were the highlight of my Tortas Frontera experience. I could probably down a gallon of each. I tried all three (classic lime, mango lime and raspberry prickly pear). If you like mango, I highly recommend the mango lime drink which is also their most popular. It's incredibly refreshing. The Bottom Line: Probably the best food O'Hare has to offer. Definitely try an Agua Fresca (I recommend the mango lime) and order a torta if you're hungry.

    (4)
  • Francis D.

    Some people are complaining about price, but this is a Rick Bayless restaurant, and honestly, the prices here are very comparable to his XOCO location, which is in downtown Chicago. This is hands down my favorite thing in the airport. The tortas are SO good. I honestly walked over from a different terminal to grab one :) I personally like the Milanesa torta, but my friend swears by the Cubana.

    (5)
  • Velina L.

    Yay for yummy airport food! It takes 10-15 minutes to make the tortas which I'm fine with because I know it wasn't pre-made and sitting under a heat lamp. Sandwich flavors were bold and balanced, and the guacamole was fresh and tasty. Looking forward to my next trip to Chicago!

    (4)
  • Sarah B.

    As good as it gets for airport food and the only thing that makes travelling through ORD bearable! Fresh, flavorful, fast!

    (5)
  • Emily C.

    Omg there's actually a good option for food at the airport!! Yes, prices are high, but they are everywhere. The Cubano (ham, bacon, bread, yum) is my go to. Note that this takes longer than most other options so don't go if you are in a rush. They give you a buzzer that goes off when your food is ready. Definitely try it! 200/365

    (5)
  • Dan J.

    Five stars for best in class - best airport food I've had that I can recall at a very reasonable price. A must-visit if you are spending time within the terminal in Chicago. Stopped by on my way in through O'Hare and had a lunchtime chicken chipotle torta. At first had buyers regret after I ordered quickly that maybe I should have sprung for one of the other offerings including conchinita pibil or pepito, but turned out to be a delicious, warm, flavorful torta with nice peppers and included sauce. Had a refreshing mango lime aqua fresca as well. Be sure to know that it takes about 10 mins for the torta so only good if you're not in a rush. On the way out of Chicago wasn't too hungry so opted for an order of guacamole with bacon topping and the raspberry prickly pear aqua fresca - guac was a nice snack, bacon was a good choice, though they also have an option with three toppings.

    (5)
  • OMARA G.

    I ALMOST MISSED MY FLIGHT!! this is why I gave this place only 3 stars(frantic kitchen staff)...the food was worth 4 after waiting forever and having to RUN like Forrest to get to my gate, I tore open my box and savored a most delicious sandwich! ****TIP****This place gets MUCHO people flocking to grab a bite. Make sure you have MORE than 30mins to wait for food because if you don't? you'll have to settle for the Micky-D's that will get you something hot and ready in 5mins flat!

    (3)
  • Max L.

    I was very excited to come upon this place one Monday morning in the American Airlines terminal. I can only speak to their breakfast options though... By far some of the best food you will ever find in an airport, the ingredients are delicious and sandwiches are fantastic! With the sources of most of their ingredients listed, it's tough to go wrong with fluffy eggs, thick crispy bacon, fresh avocado and sharp cheese. There are some things to note; 1. It takes about 10 minutes to make a sandwich. If you're in a rush, grab a molette, they are open faced (almost pizza-like) and much quicker. 2. If you do get a sandwich and put the sauce that comes with it, get EXTRA napkins! It is certainly delicious and gives your breakfast that extra oomph, but it's messy! 3. The sandwiches are BIG, you may want to split it (unless you have a large appetite like myself). The food is great and always worth the wait!

    (5)
  • Elizabeth M.

    All it took was one bite to realize this is the best food in ORD. wow. Inexpensive and tasty. Wish I had discovered them years ago.

    (5)
  • T T.

    This meal was sadly a disappointment. The chipotle chicken tortas was fine but not particularly special; the cochinita pibil had a very upfront flavor without much depth; the corn and poblano chowder was a bit on the salty side and tasted okay (but I've had many chowders that taste like it); and the mango lime drink was unbalanced (with too much lime flavor). The roasted habanero salsa that came with the cochinita pibil should come with a warning sign; it's very, very hot, and my mouth was burning for 20 minutes after sampling just a small amount!

    (2)
  • Jonathan E.

    Chicago is the home of Rick Bayless's Frontera empire, so it makes sense that they have one of his restaurants at O'Hare. It makes for a unique dining option for people who are sick of airport fast food or mediocre food at an ultra-high price point. Ive always been a huge fan of Rick Bayless. Anyone who knows his background knows the man is a genius--his PhD backs that up. What he does with food is a representation of this. You get quality food at several price points across his various Frontera restaurants. It was quite exciting to see his sandwich shop at O'Hare especially since Im there so often as a United flyer. The ingredients are definitely high quality considering you are at the airport, but you also are paying a decent amount too. A sandwich and drink ran me around $11. The menu is fairly small, and keep in mind that it is essentially a sandwich shop. You arent going to get an enchilada platter or something of that nature here. I cant remember what it was called but I had a very Cuban tasting sandwich with pork. The flavors were awesome as was the bread. But for the person who avoids spicy food--youll want to avoid this option. Overall, good flavors and quality ingredients. The price, long lines, and limited menu are somewhat of a drawback, but hard to argue with anything that has the Frontera name on it. Pros: Unique and high level quality for airport food, Frontera is never a bad idea, interesting beverage choices Cons: Somewhat high priced for sandwiches, limited menu, lines can get long as it takes awhile to prepare the tortas

    (3)
  • Albert W.

    Usually you get really crappy food in an airport. I can only think of 2 places I'd eat..... all of Austin's airport and this place in O'Hare. The food is good. The food is good enough that I'd eat it if it wasn't even at the airport. That is saying a lot.

    (4)
  • Brent S.

    I sat at the bar and had a Cubana and a Negra Modelo. Very disappointed in the sandwich. It was mostly bread with a slice of ham and it was haphazardly thrown together. The red salsa was very tasty.

    (2)
  • Liz K.

    Holy wow. No more avoiding meals at the airport for me. I, for one, cannot stand filling my belly with traditional greasy or overly-fried food before I fly. Thank goodness for Tortas Frontera! There was a little bit of sticker shock when I realized that a sandwich and a margarita would run me ~$22, so I stuck with just the sandwich. It was the Milanesa, it was spicy, and it was easily one of the best sandwiches I've ever had. I would strongly suggest actually walking over to terminal 3 if you have a layover. Definitely worth it.

    (4)
  • Sarah S.

    Every time I come to Chicago I make an attempt to go to a Rick Bayless restaurant. Always unsuccessful. So when I got the text that my friends' flight got delayed, giving me an hour to kill after I arrived, I decided to grab dinner at O'hare while I wait. I was so thrilled to see this place as an option. I got the "fully dressed" guacamole, including bacon, pepitas, sun-dried tomatoes, queso, and peppers. It was good. Probably not the best I've had but I did like the addition of the sun-dried tomatoes. The chips were nice and thick and crunchy. I also ordered the roasted garlic mushroom torta. This was soooo good. My only regret is that I was too full to eat the whole sandwich. It was probably overpriced but still well worth it IMO.

    (4)
  • Emann B.

    The only upside to a five hour delay was enjoying a tasty taqueria salad at Tortas Frontera. Generously portioned, lots of chicken, and perfectly seasoned sweet and tart dressing. This is airport food??? Thanks Rick!

    (4)
  • Corey S.

    This place is f*****g ridiculous. Offensive, really. I had the chipotle chicken torta. I almost changed to a later flight just so I could have another meal here. If airport food can me made this delicious - perfect really - and at totally acceptable prices, why isn't anyone else doing it? The bartender told me that Chef Bayless regularly drops in and tastes everything. You can taste the quality in every morsel of bread, every piece of meat, and every dollop of sauce. Worth switching terminals for. Bloody insane. 5* for an airport fast food joint. Just go.

    (5)
  • Mitchell I.

    When I fly back to LA from Chicago, this is my go to lunch place. I only get one sandwich/torta there every time. The Pepito is a short rib sandwich with pickled jalapenos. Outstanding. This place is a food island at O'Hare Airport.

    (4)
  • C Tadao T.

    If I am flying in or out of ORD i am checking which gate to pick up something to eat. If I have time sitting at the bar is a plus

    (5)
  • Jason M.

    Surprisingly good sandwiches, reasonable prices in O'Hare (I ate at the one in the K section). The soup was also delightful. Power strips at the dining counter! Nothing like stuffing your face while getting your phone charged during a layover. Recommended.

    (5)
  • Sean C.

    Great Pepito Torta and Chips & Guac. Best airport food I've had. Line is long, wait for food is long, and prices are expensive. However it is situated in one of the busiest airports in the world so I understand. Feel your stress melt away as you take your first bite into a torta.

    (4)
  • Abbey V.

    Mr: Ok i know this is in the airport however its actually pretty good for fast food airport food. The chips are part great part stale so dont throw it out until you get the non stale chips. Also their guacomole is pretty good but i didnt like the salsa. There sandwiches take a while to make so unless you have 15 minutes to wait then i suggest going with their half sandwich melts...they are really good! all in all this is my favorite fast food airport place to eat.

    (3)
  • Sarita S.

    The Milanesa was great. Spicy, flavorful and - something you rarely see at airport restaurants - served in minimal, 100% recyclable packaging (no plastic). Nice work, Rick Bayless.

    (5)
  • Jerry T.

    Probably the best sandwich (torta) I've had while in an airport. This place is a must if you enjoy bold Mexican flavors. I always look forward to going through O'hare because of this place. One time I bought two sandwiches, one for a friend, and ate them both with no regret whatsoever

    (5)
  • Todd L.

    For airport food.....damn good! Highly recommend for traveling VIA ORD. Rick Bayless local which is fantastic. Stop on by I say if you are in the neighborhood.

    (4)
  • Ken A.

    It gets big reviews here, so I had to try it, might as well since I'm stuck in the airport! The Cubana sandwich is tasty, although the quality of the cheese wasn't that great so it was kinda overpowering the meal. If this place were in Dallas, it'd be just a run of the mill Mexican torta place... and it would get 3 stars. Still in all, hands down the best place to eat at this airport when you are flying American Airlines.

    (3)
  • Morgan L.

    WOW. This place is a glimmer of hope in a wasteland of cruddy food options at O'Hare. SO damn good. We split a couple of tortas and it was difficult to figure out which was better... they were both unreal! Fantastically strong margaritas too. I'm in love. Come to Vermont, PLEASE!

    (5)
  • Ed G.

    Hands down the best airport food I've ever had. I thoroughly enjoyed the Cubana sandwich. Very fresh and very tasty. Would love to see this restaurant up in Boston..

    (5)
  • Dave C.

    Rick Bayless saved airport food. it's worth the wait - bring it on the plane with you and drive everyone else crazy.....lol

    (4)
  • Dave A.

    The only airport restaurant worth even writing a Yelp review for. As the name applies, they make tortas (delicious, pressed sandwiches filled with Rick Bayless' magical Mexican magic), but the salads and guac are also pretty good! Honestly, all the tortas are good, just remember they take 10 minutes to make. If I'm short on time, I opt for a salad. If you're at O'Hare, stop by, Frontera Tortas is well worth the wait!

    (5)
  • Elise K.

    I've been to the Tortas Frontera in Terminal 1 (United) at ORD, but I understand there are two at the airport now. By the insisting and teasing of my boyfriend (he thought I would go to McDonalds), I decided to give TF a whirl. I ordered a breakfast torta with egg, cheese, bacon and spicy salsa. They warn you up front that they take 10 minutes and give you a buzzer. It does take, at least, 10 minutes. This particular January, Monday morning TF had no coffee (a sin on humanity and loss of the 5th star). I had to wait in line at McDonalds to get coffee the shuffle back to TF to wait longer for my food. The torta was well prepared and juicy. The bacon was succulent. I enjoyed it and even shared the heaping portion with my boyfriend. My other complaint is the large amount of packaging. Yes, the box looks nice, but it creates so much more trash in the world! Overall, two thumbs up!

    (4)
  • Tam L.

    I'd been looking forward to my flight home from Chicago O'Hare just because of this restaurant. Since landing, everyone living in Chicago and their mothers have been talking up this place and any other Rick Bayless restaurant as if he's the only chef in the city. Normally I try to stray on the vegetarian side of things but I broke it for the Pepito- the beer-braised beef short ribs torta. So good! Can't wait for my next visit to Chicago ;)

    (5)
  • Agustin K.

    This is the one place I look forward to when flying through ORD. Order a sandwich and bring that to the plane. All your neighbors will look at you with envy while they are eating their cold and sad sandwich.

    (4)
  • Elli V.

    Wonderful food! Had the smoky garlic shrimp sandwich was delicious! The sandwich portions are not very big, but the taste is fantastic!

    (5)
  • Elizabeth L.

    Mouthwatering - pricey but worth it. Had the mushroom torta, which was incredibly savory, well-constructed and more than a meal in itself. Highly recommend!

    (4)
  • George G.

    This Tortas Frontera was absolutely horrible. The only thing it had going for it was a nice bartender who kept refilling my water as I waited for the food to be ready. Lets see, where do I begin? - I was told 10 minutes, but this ended up being more like 15 or 20 minutes. - There was no one packing the meals for a while as the cooks kept throwing stuff into boxes, quite odd. - When I received the Tortilla Soup, I had no tortillas! I had to go back to the counter and get them. The soup also had seriously like 1 small piece of guac and 3 small pieces of chicken. Not sure why I paid 2$ extra for these 3 small pieces of meat, quite poor value. - The Cochinita Pibil Torta I ordered was horrendously dry. When I asked for additional salsa, the cashier appeared really pissed. I asked for 2 of each and ended up just getting 1 of each variety, after asking a few times. Dont get me wrong, the Tortilla Soup and Salsas had great taste, but the other items were a bit lacking in quality. If I am paying over 15$ for the above at an airport, it should at least have some standard of decency. This Tortas Frontera location did not. Stick with the one in Terminal 1, simply take United instead of American Airlines (my company's booking agency forced me to take AA this time around).

    (2)
  • Clara L.

    Rick Bayless's mexican food is pretty darn delicious and to have his tortas available at O'Hare is awesome. As most jetsetters are aware, you are bound to have a flight delayed at O'Hare. It's just a fact of life. I've come to terms with it over the years. Last time this happened, I decided to wander the terminal and bypass all the more generic greasy pizza, fake-chinese, burgers and whatever else the various food courts had to offer. I then saw Tortas Frontera. I stared at the menu trying to narrow down my order to just one torta and chips and guac. I landed on the Pepito (beer-braised beef short ribs, pickled jalapeños, Chihuahua cheese, black beans, cilantro crema, arugula) torta. It was a little on the greasy side, but oh so delicious. It was so delicious that despite all my effort to eat it slowly and savor every flavor of every bite, I still devoured it! I definitely recommend! p.s. Review #300! WOW!

    (5)
  • Tammy L.

    Ah, I finally got to check out the T3 location. It's so much nicer than the T1 location because of all that space! It's much easier to enjoy your food at the bar if you're hanging out to eat. Of course the food is as good as the T1 location and the service is friendly. My favorites on the menu are the smoky garlic shrimp torta, garlic mushroom torta, and the taqueria salad for those days when I just don't want so much bread. Margaritas are tasty for sure. Best airport food ever! Wish I flew out of T3 more often, but unfortunately I find myself in T1 most of the time...

    (5)
  • R J.

    Good, but way overpriced!

    (3)
  • Fulgencio M.

    Torta Frontera gets 5 stars from me, and it has nothing to do with the food. Thank you Frontera for creating a meat market in Terminal 3 where I can pick up men. And why, you ask, do I lurk around corners watching who goes in and out of line? Because the tortas cost about a month's salary!! OMG, any man who can afford to eat here is worthy of my affection. This is my screening process. First I pretend to be reading a book, and wait for a hot guy to get in line. Then I creepily sneak up behind him. The next step is very important. I wait to see what he orders. If he just gets chips, or something cheap, I move on. If he orders chips AND the guacamole, I reconsider, since even naked guac runs about $5 and any dumbass willing to pay that must be rich. Next I wait to see what credit card he pulls out. Amex and anything debit are fine. If it's a Spirit Airlines Mastercard, I run for cover. Cash: he's either a gangster, or has a gambling problem. Personal Check: he's 80 years old, and he's a she. The third step is most important, and that's where I try to get a free sandwich. Usually I present a coupon that I drew up before I got to the airport. Why am I even at the airport? I don't remember...nor do I remember who let me in. But that's not the point. The point is that my "coupon" never works, so I immediately ask the guy with the Amex if he has a coupon. Then I wink and shove my tongue against the side of my mouth. This has resulted in zero (0) free sandwiches. I haven't found a Mr. Right either. But at least I know there's the cheap food court next door if I ever need to find Mr. Left. Oh yeah, and the Milanesa is TO DIE FOR. This has been a review by Fulgencio

    (5)
  • Josh P.

    Best airport food ever. I have been many times and had a few different tortas, all fantastic. Also, their chips are the best chips you can have and go with such a great guac. You will not find a better deal in the airport because you won't even pay that much more than McDonald's and the food is far superior.

    (5)
  • Mike H.

    Fresh local Mexican - great for a quick airport lunch. Rick Bayless fresh healthy Mexican foods. The tortilla fresh chips were on the salty side but all fresh homemade style Mexican food right in the airport.

    (5)
  • Doug W.

    As everyone seems to have agreed: probably the only place worth eating at O'Hare. We managed to eat here on layovers in both directions, and it did not disappoint. It's a little pricey, but in-line with the higher prices for other things sold at the airport. I highly recommend the Cochinita Pibil, the grilled habanero salsa is both the most delicious and spiciest thing I've had in a while.

    (5)
  • Brian T.

    I have to say that I was a little disappointed after all the hype and excitement from the reviews. I'm from Los Angeles and we have a plethora of excellent authentic Mexican food but Bayless' airport outpost didn't deliver. I got a torta and a molette and both were overly cheesy to the point that the cheese overpowered a lot of the other flavors. The pork was great by airport standards but average by normal restaurant standards. The salsa was terrific and definitely 5-stars but salsa does not make a meal unfortunately. I felt that there were almost too many spices, like Bayless was trying to cram in flavor instead of having the individual ingredients stand on their own two feet. While I want to give it three stars, that's usually my bar for returning to a restaurant and unfortunately I don't think I'll be back here the next time I'm in O'hare.

    (2)
  • Tim D.

    This is a godsend when I'm hungry at O'Hare. It's been a while since I've been to Xoco, but from what I remember, this compares favorably. That's pretty impressive for airport food. And it's not substantially more expensive than most other crappy airport fast food.

    (5)
  • Denise B.

    Totally AWESOME choice to eat at O'Hare!!! We luckily had a long layover and actually changed terminals to get this place a try. It was VERY challenging to get a seat at the small bar for 3 folks but with a little patience, it's doable. I HIGHLY recommend eating (and drinking) here between flights! The food was DELICIOUS and so were the drinks!

    (5)
  • Roland S.

    One of the best airport meals around. Quality ingredients and good flavor combinations. The chips are nice and thick and the salsa is tasty. The short rib torta (and the sausage one at breakfast) are both good. Downsides: 1) it takes ten minutes or so to make your tortas (if you're in a real hurry, get a mollette and chips/salsa), 2) it's popular enough to have a long line sometimes; 3) it's hard to tell from the menu how spicy things are (cuban sandwiches aren't normally spicy at all but the Cubano Torta is a bit spicy). The agua frescas are tart, but good. I've had all three flavors now, and they're all good. It's a couple bucks more than other places, but it's worth it.

    (4)
  • Elizabeth P.

    Finally had a torta- did not disappoint!

    (5)
  • B K.

    Wasn't exactly knocked out by the quality of food here but the addition of a Bayless restaurant in the AA terminal is surely a welcome sight. Had to fight for a seat at the bar - they should have literally tripled it's size if they could have - but eventually sat down and order up some chips and salsa. Both varieties of salsa were good but again nothing fantastic so I had to try to main event - tortas. Got the pepito I think. Braised short rib with all kinds of stuff i'll misspell. All in all it was good. Spicy due to the jalipenos but had a goose island to wash that down. In the future it's going to be tough for me to choose between the Prairie Tap's rib eye sandwich and this place. I guess it all comes down to what you're craving at the moment. I'm just glad I have another option in good old terminal 3.

    (3)
  • Douglas G.

    Xoco at the airport. Way to go Rick. Great food.

    (5)
  • Lauren Z.

    GO HERE if you can! It is totally worth the wait. Best airport food I've eaten (close 2nd is the Virgin terminal at SFO). The milanesa torta was one of the best tortas I've ever had (and I live in LA) and the guacamoloe bar is such a cool option. So glad my friend told me about this place before my trip to Chicago. Love that they have a side bar with a TV and plenty of outlets for charging. Can't wait to go back for breakfast and lunch.

    (4)
  • N. O.

    Best airport food I've experienced in a long time and well priced. I had half of the chipotle chicken and half of the pork/bacon/avocado tortas. Ii would recommend the chipotle chicken torta. It did take 5 minutes to get our food but it was worth it.

    (5)
  • Michael S.

    For an airport, excellent; in the grand scheme? Real good and worth the ten minutes to make the torts

    (4)
  • John W.

    My first torta! In an airport! ;) I ordered the 'melanesa' (I know it sounds Italian). I didn't have much expectation, because it's from an airport, but I was pleasantly surprised. The 'Melanesa' had a generous portion of thin crispy chicken breast, accompanied with pickled jalapenos, black beans, cilantro crema, and avocado on a 'legitimately' toasted bun. Great combination of Mexican flavors, with Italian influence. Cheese was an option, I got mine without. Still a great sandwich! Viewing the preparation was interesting. Each person was so intensely involved with the creation of their assigned sandwich. I think that's one major factor to a great sandwich, aside from the ingredients of course. It was the best sandwich I've ever had from an airport. FYI, the line was pretty long during my visit, about five to ten minutes.

    (4)
  • Mike K.

    Do NOT eat any place else in terminal 3 besides here. There us nothing even close to this in quality and taste.

    (5)
  • NO C.

    Great food -- amazing it's in an airport-- guac was fab!

    (4)
  • Dina I.

    I AM SO HAPPY THAT I DON'T HAVE TO EAT CRAPPY AIRPORT/AIRPLANE ANYMORE! Enough said. Let it be noted that the 5 star review is on a scale comparing it all other eating joints inside O'Hare...rumors are that Paul Kahan is also opening a joint at O'Hare...could traveling through Chicago GET any better?!!

    (5)
  • Albert M.

    Best airport food in O'Hare I believe. The Cubana was very good. The bread was perfectly crusty on the outside and soft inside. The roasted pork, cheese & bacon blended pretty well. The salsa on the side was pretty hot for my standard. 5 stars for airport food.

    (5)
  • Mark K.

    Excellent flavors and tastes and drinks await. My server, Lita, was one of the nicest bartenders and people at the airport. I had to wait in O'Hare twice for several hours and spent the time here. The food was great, the margaritas excellent and Lita was a doll. A great way to pass the time and delicious food to boot. :)

    (5)
  • Subutai L.

    This place gives me a reason to connect through ORD. I had the Milanesa and it was quite delicious but became a bit difficult to eat all the way. I'd imagine the breakfast is even better. I hope to check it out next time.

    (4)
  • David M.

    What an awesome alternative to boring airport fast food. It takes 10 min for your meal, but it should! And it's so much better in every way, flavor, quality and local foods. Even the iced tea and coffee are far superior. Only a little more expensive than the other junk in the airport.

    (5)
  • Suzanne R.

    To me, this is the best of the best of airport food. Everything is fresh and very tasty. Today I had the custom made guacamole with pepitas -- excellent-- along with freshly made chips dotted with salt (love to get my salt fix). My salad is very fresh -- and is vegan! (I chose it that way). Highly recommend that you stop here trip after trip and try them out!

    (5)
  • Travis D.

    Very good breakfast. Interesting combination of flavors and textures. Not for kids.

    (5)
  • David C.

    Certainly among the best airport food ever, anywhere. Great, great chow with vivid, bold flavors. And the margeritas make you say more please. Worth getting to the airport early for, or spending a little extra time before leaving!

    (5)
  • Phil C.

    Got the chipotle chicken torta and it was very tasty with a kick. I'll be back to see if the rest of the menu is as good but it is a bit pricey and it does literally take 10 minutes to get your torta so don't put in an order if you don't have the time to spare.

    (4)
  • Jeff B.

    This place is a veritable oasis of outstanding food and great service, surrounded by a cesspool of styro-food and mediocrity. My favorite place to wait for a flight, and the best food in the airport by far. Bartender (Lita?) is fantastic - friendly, efficient and helpful.

    (5)
  • Hannah L.

    i tried the chicken milanesa. it was $9.50+tax. the sandwich took 10 minutes to make, but they have a bar where i waited that had tons of outlets. the sandwich was BIG (i was only able to eat half) and was served mega hot. overall, it was good and way better than most airport food. i really liked the salsa verde that came with it. however, i wasn't a huge fan of the jalapenos (scraped them off) and i thought there should have been wayyy more black beans. i saved the other half for later and it reheated well in the microwave. i wouln't really recommend the chicken milanesa but i bet some of the other offerings are really tasty.

    (3)
  • Indi G.

    I love this place. The food is very flavorful and great quality. It's a great find for frequent travelers wanting fast food that's high quality. It's now my favorite O'Hare restaurant. The bar area which is the only seating area is small but I've always been able to find a space. I would rate this a five but the service isn't always friendly and attentive.

    (4)
  • Sarah W.

    Had an absolutely delicious beef short rib tortas.....The beef was tender and flavorful. The bread was warm and well toasted. The salsa/dipping sauce had a nice amount of heat. Definitely the best airport food ever!!

    (5)
  • Steve L.

    This is one of the best airport restaurants I have gotten take out. The pepito sandwich hit the spot. It was a little skimpy on the meat but the flavors were great and the toasted torta bread was ideal. I also bought a salad for the plane ride instead of buying airplane food. The nice mix with fresh avocado and other fresh ingredients were superb. This will be my go to option at O'hare now.

    (4)
  • Nathaniel P.

    The name is tortas -- go for the tortas. Trying to do anything else here (necessary if you're allergic to wheat) is tough. But it is a treat to try when you're in O'Hare and allows you try out a Rick Bayless experience for less than the usual price and without having to go into the city.

    (3)
  • Joanna T.

    Rick Bayless - I love you for adding this location in Terminal 3. I had some time between flights and I was prepared to head to Terminal 1 if needed, but lo and behold - a Tortas Fronteras right near my gate. On this particular trip. I was able to try one of the breakfast creations - an egg/chorizo torta to be exact. It was freshly made, hot, flavorful and delicious. As I enjoyed every tasty bite, I silently pitied the fools across the aisle eating in the food court. What are you people thinking? Especially those folks eating at Burrito Beach - you must be out of your mind. Yes, I know it takes 10 whole minutes for your mouthwatering torta to be crafted just for you. They tell you that upfront and the staff, while not at ALL friendly, does hustle. I travel all the time and have to eat a LOT of shitty airport food so when I have the chance to grab something from Tortas Fronteras I never pass it up. Again - to all the people eating at Burrito Beach when TF is 10 steps away... Are you crazy? Do you enjoy bad food? Are you hoping for diarrhea mid-flight? Why are you punishing yourselves? Get with the program!

    (5)
  • Candice G.

    The absolute worst week ever. That's what's happening. When today started, I was feeling like all of $2. As the day progressed, things somehow managed to get worse and by 1:30pm I felt like about 35 cents. But my issues are all slipping away with a Tres Quesos Molletes, coconut bar, and semi-premium margarita. Feeling like at least $15.75 right now. Major upgrade. Okay, maybe it's just the margarita (and Homer J. Simpson) talking, but alcohol is totally the best temporary cure for my problems right now. That Molletes, in my opinion, are actually better than the tortas here. That spicy green salsa... so good. So good that it's entirely possible it's made of human. They should def call it Soylent Green. The coconut dream bar is exactly. Moist dream? That's what we're gonna call it. The deal-breaker margarita... TGIF. Just totally TGI motherFing F.

    (5)
  • Amy M.

    I was pretty excited to order one of these tortas in my stopover in Chicago. Reading all the reviews and seeing the pictures I had pretty much bookmarked it. The long line of people placing their orders also pretty much confirmed it for me. I ordered the smokey garlic shrimp torta that came with chipotle garlic mojo, black beans, poblano Rajas, goat cheese and arugula. That concoction on a sandwich sounds pretty ingenious. It's also a plus when you can see through the glass counters on how they put these wonderful meals together. Since it was being made fresh my coworker and I waited a good ten minutes till our buzzer rang. Yes it's that busy:) I could not wait to devour my torta so we sat an an empty gate and opened our takeaway boxes. My ciabatta hero was nice, warm and crunchy, and then I took my first bite. I was pretty surprised that it lacked flavor. So I took another bite and I just didn't seem to taste anything. The seared shrimp had a nice texture to it. It seems to be the chipotle garlic mojo. I've eaten a ton of Mexican food in my life and this torta almost broke my heart. Yes it's more Americanized, but even I could not taste the goat cheese or the poblano Rajas. I thought well perhaps it's an off day for sauce. I will be back to try their other offerings. There is a reason why this place receives such great reviews so that is why I won't let this torta determine my next experience.:)

    (3)
  • Michael T.

    This is probably the one saving grace of Chicago O'Hare. Went with the Cubana and a Mango Lime Agua Fresco. Pretty affordable and it's a decent portion for a lunch stop.

    (4)
  • amber v.

    Friendly chefs aim to please. Yummy corn soup. Cool place to stop on your way out to no Mexican food

    (4)
  • Natro I.

    I planned a lunchtime layover in O'Hare so that I could dine on Bayless' incredible cooking. I had the Chipotle Chicken Torta with poblano peppers. It was delicious, as expected. The Intelligentsia coffee was a nice touch. I also love that you can watch "Mexico, One Plate at a Time" while you wait and while you eat. Milk & Honey granola, El Milagro tortillas, every detail is perfect and, as the sign says, "Hecho en Chicago."

    (5)
  • Z K.

    Best airport food you can buy at Ohare. Highly acclaimed chef opened up this location for the passengers passing through Ohare. I would recommend this place for a good sandwich and a nice refreshing drink before your flight.

    (5)
  • Kevin F.

    Torta Frontera by Rick Bayless in Terminal 1 was unexpectedly awesome. The food exceptional but really what knocked our socks off was bartender Antonio. He not only treated us like family, we watched him deal with an impatient customer with kindness and professionalism. Thx Rick Bayless.

    (5)
  • Noomi J.

    My first time trying out a Rick Bayless establishment! Pepito ($12) - 4.5 stars. Beer-braised short ribs. Fan of the chewy, crusty Labriola bread. A bit pricey, but then it's airport food. The food came out in around 10 mins. I grabbed a stool and people-watched. Ate half, enjoyed every bite. Would eat here again, and it encouraged my interest in trying out more of Rick Bayless's food.

    (4)
  • Ellen C.

    Leave it to the amazing food city of Chicago to have a rated chef in an airport! Every time I fly out of ORD I always longingly rush past this place, but as I usually travel for weeks at a time on a limited budget, my frequent flights with Southwest have deprived me of an opportunity to dine here. Until last week. Sadly, the bacon and eggs torta was a big disappointment (minus 1 star, almost 2..). The bacon was too chewy and in between the thin, crispy bacon and thick, pork belly. After the amazing bacon from Au Cheval last night...I should've known better than to eat bacon again so soon..... Chipotle chicken was pretty deeelicious, however! Since I was first to eat, I almost ate the whole torta leaving the bacon torta for the bf... Alas, I felt too guilty hoarding this one all to myself. I may try this one again, but since I like to try new things when I return to restaurants...dat short rib doe...... THE SALSA. They give you for free with each torta. It made each one a million times better. I would buy that off the shelf if I could!! (plus 1 star) If only drabby old LAX could even come close...

    (4)
  • John M.

    I've now eaten here twice, and if I'd only been once it would have been five stars instead of three. The first time, the cochinita pibil torta was truly excellent, with wonderfully prepared pork balanced by the fruity heat of the habaneros and the bite of the pickled onions. A very well-balanced torta on good bread. Second time, chicken milanesa had a fine cutlet of chicken, but there were a lot of jalapenos relative to the meat and beans, dominating the sandwich. The cilantro crema offered little and I'm not convinced the tomatillo salsa (while excellent) was a great match. The bread felt a little flatter than last time. Tortilla chips were advertised as 'freshly fried' but I didn't get that impression at all, and the red salsa with them was pretty insipid. Lime agua fresca was fine. $20 for two mis-fired dishes and a drink was hugely disappointing after that near-transcendent first torta. Next time I'm back I'll stick to the pork sandwich.

    (3)
  • Alex C.

    The most amazing Bloody Mary's known to mankind makes this location a favorite to visit while traveling. Their pork Molletes are always fresh amd tasty with just the right amount of spicy and sweet. Plus the additional crispness of the bread makes it a must have!

    (5)
  • Ben B.

    Rick Bayless is great at serving up Kool-Aid because y'all are drinking it. There's always a big line for this place, but there's a big line for One Direction concert tickets and they suck. I ordered the Milanesa, described as "crispy-crunchy chicken breast, black beans, pickled jalapeños, Chihuahua cheese, cilantro crema and avocado." The "crispy-crunchy" chicken breast was just a flattened chicken tender. I felt gross while eating it. Far too much greasy breading, not enough chicken. I don't understand the purpose of a torta. Mexican food is way better in a tortilla. But a tortilla wouldn't be fancy enough, I suppose. Tortas Frontera ends up being like Subway's version of Chipotle. Skip this disappointing, overhyped gruel. Note: There's also a Tortas Frontera in Terminal 1.

    (2)
  • Srishti K.

    Getting food at the airport is always a bummer. It's overpriced and never tastes as good as you'd hope. Well, Frontera is the answer! This place is well worth the price. I always get the Chipotle Chicken torta, and absolutely love it. Also, the tortas are pretty big, so I am extremely full afterwards. Tips: + Not the right place to go if you're in a hurry. The line is usually pretty long and the order takes a while. The cashier is usually nice enough to warn you about how long your order will take. The cashier told me it would take 10 minutes and it actually took just under 10 minutes. +If you like spicy food, make sure to ask for the habanero salsa on the side. It's free!

    (5)
  • Ali F.

    The manager Marco is amazing. Had a little bit of issue with my order and he stepped up to the plate with a ritz Carlton like white glove treatment. I won't forget that, and I'll probably order from here every-time I'm at Ohare. I also learned that they have an app so that you can order ahead to avoid lines and to make sure you catch your connecting flight. That plus amazing service and delicious food make this place awesome.

    (5)
  • Jeri T.

    Corn and poblano soup. Loaded guac. Mango and lime drink. Bam. Okay so those complaining about cost, it's the airport. Check the menu before you order. It's well worth the wait and at least you get a buzzer and don't have to listen for a number. As I sit down the terminal aways, I've had at least two folks ask-where'd you get Fronteras. I love this place.

    (5)
  • Allison R.

    What a cool concept, and fairly affordable for being at the airport. Tortas! Unfortunately I had just gone on a food walking tour before heading to the airport so couldn't have a torta but did get the guacamole with chips. Only $5 and you got a full plastic cocktail cup full! I was a happy camper. I also loved the bar seating had plugs for your electronic devices. Cool spot and delicious flavors. Must try!

    (5)
  • Samir G.

    Absolutely amazing Tortas... The side salsa was just perfect .. I was licking my fingers after I was done :)

    (5)