It’s an interesting concept - Bayless has three restaurants that basically share one space on a corner in Chicago. Frontera Grill and Topolobampo are the two more formal restaurants and Xoco is the new, casual, quick-serve option. Xoco features a smaller menu and lower prices but still delivers the same great quality you could get from the other two fancier places.
Because we’d just had lunch, we stopped in Xoco to grab dessert. More specifically, we wanted to try a churro.
Most people think of a churro as something you’d have at a fair, convenience store, or in a food court. They are greasy, soggy, sugary sticks of dough that really don’t have much flavor. If this is the only experience you’ve had with a churro, you’re doing it all wrong.
The churros at Xoco are made to order, which means they are dropped in the fryer right before they’re served to you. They have a light, buttery flavor that isn’t too sweet and perfectly crisp from being freshly fried. It’s such a difference to be able to have a fresh churro compared to one that’s been sitting on a heated case for a couple hours.
Xoco offers a variety of different flavors of churros, but I ordered a plain one with a side of dipping chocolate. The dipping chocolate was rich and dark with a flavor that went nicely with the churro. I quickly finished the churro and then proceeded to drink the cup of chocolate as we were walking down the street. Yep. I drank the dipping chocolate. Get over it.
The churro and side of chocolate was about $3.00, which made it a nice option for a small dessert. You can also get an order of three churros for $4.00 but I couldn’t handle that many after the feast we’d just had with Frontera Grill.
So one churro ended up being a sweet ending to an amazing meal.