Con Todo, the highly anticipated Mexican-American restaurant in Logan Square, debuts Smash Burger Tortas
Chef Jonathan Zaragoza (El Oso, Masa Azul) has been secretive about Con Todo, his highly anticipated Mexican-American restaurant slated for Logan Square, holding plenty of details and even the exact location close to his chest. Some facts, including an address at 2853 N. Kedzie Avenue, have leaked out over time, but his efforts have been largely successful. This conservative approach has generated a lot of buzz for the chef, whose family runs the much-loved Birrieria Zaragoza in Archer Heights.
Customers will finally get a glimpse under the hood on Friday with the first stage of Con Todo’s launch: a take-out and delivery-only menu of tacos, cocktails and creations that straddle the Mexican genre, like the pamburguesa, a inventive burger smash. torta mashup (telera bun “stained with guajillo”, white onion, American cheese, salsa especial, pickles). Zaragoza and its business partners, brothers JC and Edgar Castañeda, hope to introduce a food service in February in the space that previously housed hit brunch Jam and Japanese spot Yusho.
With Con Todo, the three partners aim to pay homage to two formative cities: Mexico City, where the Castañedas grew up, and Chicago, where all three came of age. “The restaurant is representative of our experience with one foot in Mexico, one foot in the United States,” Zaragoza says. “Mexico City is a melting pot, just like Chicago. We cover a wide spectrum, from emerging influences to ancient traditions of different cultures and ethnicities.
Although the opening menu is abbreviated, it still includes many surprises, such as the DF Hot Chicken Torta (spicy panko chicken breast, grilled Chihuahua queso, refried black beans, pickled jalapeno) and grilled pineapple upside-down cake (piloncillo caramel cake, cinnamon brulee whipped cream). Taco selections include familiar hits like al pastor, but also suadero, a Mexico City favorite that Zaragoza has dubbed the “unsung hero of the taco world.” Initial offers will be available online via Toast.
Once open for dine-in service, the 94-seat Kedzie Avenue restaurant will feature a full bar with the usual suspects of tequila and mezcal, as well as lesser-known Mexican liquors like rum and whiskey, as well as a menu wines entirely from Mexico. The space is divided into two sections: a classic laid-back taqueria up front and a date-night-friendly section in the bag with high ceilings and a skylight. “Business in the front, party in the back – it’s a restaurant mule,” Zaragoza laughs.
The theme of duality even extends to the name of the restaurant, Con Todo. Literally translated into English as “with everything,” it’s a phrase Mexico City residents call their taquero when asked what they want on a given taco — usually cilantro and onions, Zaragoza says. He and his partners want to apply this “with everything” philosophy to hospitality, offering more than fuel. “In these crazy times, we just hope to offer people some light in all the darkness these days.”
With all2853 N. Kedzie Avenue, open for take-out and delivery from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.