Colorful buildings along Mexican street

About Us


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

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

Our first location opened in early 2020 at Catalog in Chicago’s iconic Willis Tower. Our second location is opening this September in New York City’s NoMad neighborhood. We look forward to seeing you soon.



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.



Rick Bayless preps food in kitchen


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.”



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:

Collage of Tortazo suppliers, including a family of farmers, barn pigs, and tomatoes