Subway: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Merchandise Mart; Red to Grand(312) 334-3688 rickbayless.com/restaurants/xoco.html41.890711 -87.630916 449 N Clark St (at Illinois St) River North, Chicago
Breakfast, lunch, dinner (closed Sun, Mon)Average main course: $11
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. Lunch here is no less delicious, but it’s a frenzy: Lines extend out the door for tortas filled with fatty, crispy pork carnitas. The crowds keep up at dinner, when caldos like braised-short-rib soup and chicken stew with toothsome posole are the ideal prelude to…another churro.