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Chicago Dining

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...

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...

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,...

THE LAST FRONTIER

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....

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...

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...

Dia de la madre

Mercat a la Planxa, Chicago, IL Dia de la madre Moms are the greatest! Sorry dads, but Moms always have the right thing to say at the right time. Moms never forget our birthdays. Moms, traditionally, spend more time baking us sugary treats; and moms are often our source of...

Chicago’s Premier Tapas Restaurant

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 restaurant for eight years - and we aren’t slowing down....

Spanish Tapas: How to Rethink The Snack

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 Chef’s iconic green salad. Tapas are a God-send for...

Churros, Brunch, Chicago

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 we grow up with, the mythology behind churros is...

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