900 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
Rick Bayless' West Loop Mexican restaurant takes a cue from Baja California with its "fire and ice" theme menu. The fire refers to Leña Brava's open hearth and wood-burning oven, where everything from octopus and scallops to cauliflower and braised short rib are charred to smoky perfection. The ice section features raw bar options like oysters, uni, and ceviche. Mezcal and tequila cocktails are the heart of the cocktail program. The 75-seat restaurant is right next door to Bayless' accompanying concept, Cruz Blanca Cerveceria brewery.