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National Paella Day

  Oh my goodness…it’s here! It’s here again! It’s National Paella Day! Every year we are graced with this wonderfully special day in which we all get to indulge in this delicious, heavenly, traditional Spanish dish! Here at Mercat, we take our Paella very seriously. It originated in its modern...

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National Almond Day

  Mercat a la Planxa, Chicago, IL Can you believe we are already into 2017? Here at Mercat we are getting more & more excited about opening the doors of our newly renovated space in our Main Dining Room. January was full of planning, showings & dreaming of all the...

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Feliç any nou!

Feliç any nou! New Year’s resolutions… we love them! The ancient Babylonians are said to have been the first people to make New Year's resolutions, some 4,000 years ago. It is said that the ancient Babylonians began the practice of making promises in the New Year in order to earn...

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National Suckling Pig Day

Mercat a la Planxa, Chicago, IL December 18th is National Suckling Pig Day & we can’t think of a better place to celebrate than Mercat a la Planxa! Pig roasting is a symbol of celebrations across the globe in many different countries. From Hawaii, to Puerto Rico, Spain, the UK,...

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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 to Spanish cuisine then the delicious staples listed above....

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Our In-House Vermouth Program

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 [tire screech]. That’s right; we age, fortify and blend our own vermouth!...

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I Remember My First Tomato

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 after a stressful week, ease of appeasing a brood...

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Say it ain’t Socarrat!

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 Spain’s renowned Paella better than all the rest!! If...

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When In Spain

  “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 shortage of culinary prowess. However, with great food, great...

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Baconfest Winners!

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 masses, we were never able to ascend the stage when...

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