Just more than five months in and some changes are afoot at Rick Bayless' larger XOCO in Wicker Park. "In response to our neighborhood guests," Bayless writes in a statement, they're changing the name and expanding the menu to include some more typical Mexican dishes.
Now named XOCO Bistro, (Bayless says he added a word to the name to differentiate it from XOCO River North) he has also added a "classic plates" section to the menu, which you can read in full below, that includes "tried-and-true" dishes such as enchiladas, chilaquiles, ceviche, and more. The beverage menu is also changing to include more tequila and mezcal cocktails and a larger wine list. XOCO Wicker Park's alcoholic beverage program originally focused on a standout selection of local craft beers.
The original XOCO in River North is nationally renowned for its selection of addictive Mexican street food made with locally-raised ingredients—tortas, caldos, and Mexican hot chocolates. Those are still on the menu in Wicker Park.
Bayless terms the changes an "evolution." Do you agree? Weigh in in the comments.