When most people think of celebrity chef Rick Bayless, they think of upscale Mexican food. After all, Bayless’ Frontera Grill in Chicago prides itself on its regional Mexican cuisine, with a menu that includes suaderno, birria and moles. Red O has a slightly different take on things. Yes, there are still traditional Mexican dishes like tamales, cochinita pibil and carnitas, plus authentic sauces from the southern Mexican states of Oaxaca, Yucatan, and Baja. However, Red O is really looking to make its mark as a steak and seafood house, and it succeeds.
The decor is resort-inspired, with a palapa roof, colorful tiles, and cabanas out back, but it’s still very recognizable as an upscale steakhouse. It’s the kind of place you would take your meat-and-potatoes boss or dad when you are tired of the same old thing but don’t want to scare them. The beef and seafood at Red O are of the highest quality and the cooking is spot-on. Your guests will definitely be impressed. The prices are equal to the quality, but hey, you might get a raise. Or maybe dad will finally give you his old Roadster.