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Tortas Frontera by Rick Bayless

#286 of 7,697 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
University Village / Little Italy
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10000 W Ohare Ave, Terminal 1, Concourse B, Gate B-10, Chicago, IL 60666-6000
+1 312-732-6505
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126 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very impressed with the food at Tortas Frontera. I would recommend the Cuban Torta. Food appeared to be prepared fresh and much better than typical airport food.

Thank GeoffChing88
Northern Ireland
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98 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was walking round terminal 5 of Ohare while waiting for my flight and came across Tortas frontera, the smells coming from it were amazing so i decided to try it. I had the Chipotle chicken torta and a large Pacifico beer. It was one of the nicest things I've eaten in a very long time, light years ahead of... More 

Thank Jim_Linda_Shan
Miami, United States
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A GREAT sandwich is hard to come by. I passed this place up once I read the menu options. Jalapeño peppers seemed to be in every dish. After walking further and not seeing anything else in the airport that interested me, I went back. So glad I did. One of the best open-face sandwiches I've ever had. It was spicy... More 

Thank Thomas H
Wichita Falls, Texas
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313 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We all now for the most part how bad airport food is, however get out of the McDonalds line and get a torta and some guacamole, you will be glad you did.

Thank RussU2525
New Carlisle, Ohio
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172 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I stopped in for breakfast and look forward to a return for a later meal in the near future. I had the egg and bacon tortas and it was a perfect blend of healthy additions and textures. Not as fast as some restaurants but well worth the wait. Loved every bite!

Thank comerharris
Newport News, Virginia
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342 reviews
226 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I saw this restaurant at Terminal 1 at Chicago O'Hare airport, there was a long line, but the food smelled good and with so many people I felt it must be worth the wait and it is. I had the Tortilla soup and Cuban Sandwich, both very good. Limited seating but one usually opens up. Do yourself a favor and... More 

Plano, Texas
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119 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had the Cubana griddle baked sandwich (without the black beans). Really good. Nicely spiced. Good chipotle flavor. Hot. Fresh. About $12. The sandwich did take about 10 minutes, so do not expect grab and go. Also note that the Mexican Coke in glass bottles must be poured into a non-glass container for security reasons. Much better than 99% of... More 

Thank RSM123123
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There is a reason at 10:30 am on a Sunday morning there is a line of hungry people waiting for this simi fast food in Chicago's ohare airport. Hecho en Chicago is the blood that runs this bodega oasis in the land of chain after chain. These are not any weary travelers theses are the elite who stand and wait;... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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130 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is basically the only fresh hot food option on Concourse B, other than McDonald's and Chili's. I pad $14.00 for the Torta Peptio which has barbecued meat, cheese, bean spread, pickled jalapenos and cilantro crema. It was a decent size and the quality was fresh and full flavored. I also sat at the 4-seat bar for a margarita which... More 

Thank globetraipser
Houston, Texas
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52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

This was my second visit to this restaurant at ORD airport. I was third in line when the restaurant opened at 5 a.m. This place has a lot of publicity and good reviews so expect to stand in line for a while. The specialties are tortas (grilled sandwich) and cazuelas (breakfast in a bowl). They also have yogurt and toppings,... More 


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Fast food, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10000 W Ohare Ave, Terminal 1, Concourse B, Gate B-10, Chicago, IL 60666-6000
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > University Village / Little Italy
  • Neighbourhood: University Village / Little Italy
  • Phone Number: +1 312-732-6505
  • This restaurant is at O'Hare Intl Airport (after security)
Located in Terminal 1 on Concourse B in Chicago International Airport.

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