The second location of XOCO -- the popular Mexican street food spot from Rick Bayless -- is now open in Wicker Park.
They've brought over the same spread of tortas, soups, and snacks as the original, and have added both brunch & a bar for all-day fiesta-ing (that's how you conjugate verbs in Spanish, right?). Have a look at what's in store, below:
Served on custom-baked French bread from Labriola, the wood-fired woodland mushroom torta comes in a chipotle/garlic mojo marinade w/ goat cheese, black beans, and three-chile salsa.
This Pepito comes up grande with braised short ribs, caramelized onions, and Jack cheese.
The menu also spans snacks (queso fundido, Oaxan-style peanuts), brunch (pork belly chilaquiles, French toast with bacon/pecan sprinkles), and a variety of churros doused in your choice of pistachios, hazelnuts, or chocolate ground from roasted cacao beans.
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