Tortas Frontera Opens at Penn


tortas frontera signChicago chef Rick Bayless did a whirlwind tour of Philadelphia over the last day as he was in town to open Tortas Frontera at the ARCH building on the University of Pennsylvania campus.

This is the first Tortas Frontera outside of Chicago. The quick-serve Mexican concept promises local ingredients in tortas, cazuelas (Mexican meals in a bowl), caldos (soups) and molletes (flatbreads). The menu also features a breakfast section. The University of Pennsylvania’s Tortas Frontera is located in the recently restored ARCH building (3601 Locust Walk), The all-day spot is open to Penn students and the public.

Check out the Tortas Frontera listing for hours and more information. The menu is located here.

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Rick Bayless Is Coming To Philly

Rick Bayless

In a move that’s been rumored for months now, we’re finally getting confirmation (courtesy of the Daily Pennsylvanian) that famous TV cooking person Chicago Mexican restaurant kingpin, Rick Bayless, will be coming to Philadelphia to open a restaurant.

What restaurant? We’re not entirely sure. But since he was quoted as saying that the menu will be heavy on the tortas, we’re betting on one of his casual brands–either Frontera Fresco (which already has locations outside of Chicago and on one other college campus) or Tortas Frontera (which, obviously, serves a whole bunch of tortas).

What we do know is that he’ll be moving into a space on the Penn campus–in the ARCH building on Locust (which is currently undergoing renovations). Also, he’s looking on getting open some time this winter. For more details (and an explanation as to why Bayless chose Philly as his newest expansion) check out the full article below.

Famed Chef To Open Mexican Eatery On Locust [Daily Pennsylvanian]