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Welcome to Tortazo, a new Mexican concept from celebrated chef Rick Bayless.

Inspired by Mexico's vibrant food, colors, and culture, Tortazo is a place of discovery – of bold flavors and new culinary experiences – but also where the genuine warmth of Mexican hospitality will embrace you.

Our first location opened in early 2020 at Catalog in Chicago's iconic Willis Tower, offering counter service. In 2021, we expanded to the East Coast, opening in New York City's NoMad neighborhood as a full-service restaurant. In January 2023, we opened our second location right in the heart of the city and one of the most iconic places in the world Times Square.

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Rick Bayless is a 7-time James Beard award winning chef and the foremost expert on authentic Mexican cuisine in America.

His portfolio of award-winning, critically acclaimed restaurants include Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, XOCO, and Bar Sótano.

He is winner of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, has received multiple Emmy nominations for his highly rated Public Television series, Mexico – One Plate at a Time, and has authored 9 best-selling cookbooks.

The Government of Mexico has bestowed on Rick the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle–the highest decoration bestowed on foreigners whose work has benefitted Mexico and its people.

He has also earned the Julia Child Foundation Award, a prestigious honor given to “an individual who has made a profound and significant impact on the way America cooks, eats, and drinks"

Our Beliefs

We believe in an unwavering commitment to authenticity as our North Star.

We believe in celebrating the vibrancy of life in full flavor and experience.

We believe the life worth living is one of continual discovery and broadened horizons.

We believe in a contagious joy of life that manifests in shared smiles and laughter wherever we go.

We believe in the tenets of “Mexican Care” – hospitality that is unexpectedly caring, genuine, and enthusiastic.


We use the freshest, highest quality ingredients, largely sourced directly from Mexico or local farms.

We are proud to highlight some of our Midwest partners below:

Rishi Tea 

Organic Iced Tea (Milwaukee, WI)

Lucila's Alfajores

Alfajores (Chicago, IL)

a large brown elephant standing in the grass

Gunthorp Farms

Pasture raised pork (Lagrange, IN)

a close up of a hand

El Milagro

Stone-ground corn tortillas (Chicago, IL)

food on a table

Kindred Creamery 

Artisan Cheese (Monroe, WI)

a brown cow standing on top of a grass covered field

Kalona Organics 

Dairy (Kalona, IA)

Mighty Vine Tomatoes 

Tomatoes (Rochelle, IL)

a small house on a farm

Yuppie Hill 

Eggs (Burlington, WI)