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When In Spain

July 15, 2016

  “When in Spain.” That has been our theme this year and with so much to explore, it will continue to guide our narrative.  Mercat’s menu defines Spanish cooking today. From “Best Of” lists to Iron Chef Accolades, Mercat has no...

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Baconfest Winners!

June 3, 2016

To be the best at something takes dedication, and the willingness to pick yourself up and try again.  For four years Mercat put its best hoof forward at Chicago’s renowned Baconfest, and while our bacon-fueled dishes were enjoyed by the...

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Chicago’s Premier Tapas Restaurant

April 14, 2016

On average, the lifespan of a restaurant is just five years. Whether due to economic factors or simply changing guest preferences, keeping a restaurant thriving can be a challenge.  However, Mercat a la Planxa has proudly been Chicago’s premier tapas...

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Spanish Tapas: How to Rethink The Snack

March 4, 2016

Spanish Tapas: How to Rethink The Snack At Mercat we don’t know if our diners are luxuriating in our foie gras or jamon Iberico; or, if guests are enjoying the healthy and fresh flavors of the branzino in saffron broth and...

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Churros, Brunch, Chicago

February 8, 2016

Churros, Brunch, Chicago Churros are found everywhere, from state fairs and national home supply stores to local artisan bakeries and Spanish tapas restaurants. What’s up with the churro? Where did this delightful fried treat come from? As with many foods that...

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THE ART OF BRUNCH

January 17, 2016

Mercat a la Planxa, Chicago, IL THE ART OF BRUNCH The bar is high when two amazing meal periods collide. Breakfast: crispy bacon and 10” buttered pancakes. Lunch: Burgers, fries and everything savory. This brunch idea is the best innovation since Catalan cuisine!...

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It’s Five O’clock Somewhere

November 10, 2015

The winter season approaches and Mercat is looking forward to serving you with an elegance that is sometimes absent in Chicago’s haute-casual food scene. As the old saying goes, “It’s Five O’clock somewhere.” Well, it’s Friday night in Mercat and...

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Farmer, Shepherd, Rancher: Finding our Local Soul

October 16, 2015

Farmer, Shepherd, Rancher: Finding our Local Soul Mainstays on menus reflect the soul of a chef. Recipes that have a perennial home on paper often have a perennial home in a chef’s heart. However, sentiments change, seasons change and cultural cravings...

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When In Spain

September 11, 2015

When In Spain… When it comes time to wash your meal down with something a little more gumption than water, the options are endless- especially in Chicago. The wealth of watering holes is overwhelming (even more so if you’ve had a...

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The Last Course

August 10, 2015

The Last Course This may sound inane to some, but are you aware that cows (among other animals) have a secondary stomach? Well, somehow, when dining at Mercat almost everyone manages to harness their inner bovine and finish off a plate...

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