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November 10, 2016

THE LAST FRONTIER If you’ve been to Spain you’ve probably had fluffy, rich croquettes or garlic-y gambas. Maybe you’ve discovered the simplistic elegance of olive oil, anchovies and crusty pan de horno. Tempranillo & Albarino poured freely… always. However, there’s more...

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Our In-House Vermouth Program

October 10, 2016

Mercat a la Planxa, Chicago, IL Vermouth. This is not an uncommon subject for us at Mercat; we’ve dedicated a couple of blogs to it, we serve more than 10 different vermouths, and we make it in house . That’s...

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I Remember My First Tomato

September 12, 2016

I Remember My First Tomato There is a moment when someone unfolds the seams of the wax-covered wrapper on their drive-through Whopper. The motivation for the moment probably varies for everyone: fuel for a busy day, anticipation of a comforting meal...

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Say it ain’t Socarrat!

August 15, 2016

Say it ain’t Socarrat! The time is nigh and the day of reckoning for Chicago’s top culinary minds has come to Mercat once again. The 3rd annual paella cook off approaches and only one chef will win the honors of representing...

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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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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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