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Say “Hello!” to Drinks at Mercat

Chicago is finally coming out of hibernation as spring rolls into summer. Say "Hello!" to drinks on the patio, day-long brunch affairs and outdoor festivals. One drink in particular that is a must-try is our Cafe Balsamico cocktail at Mercat. Made with a special blend of sherry, rum and cold...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Farmer, Shepherd, Rancher: Finding our Local Soul

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 change. After 8 years of bacon-wrapped dates and oxtail...

Sherry!

  Sherry! A brief sherry education: Potentially, sherry has been produced since the 1st century when Phoenicians brought grape vines to Spain’s Jerez region. Thus, began the nation’s tumultuous adventure with sherry. While the original production of sherry was vastly different from the structured fortified wine styles we imbibe in...

Kitchen Notes

KITCHEN NOTES   While a couple of blankets and a rocks glass with whiskey are keeping Chiberia at bay, the reality is, it’s nearly Spring, but the beloved season is far from sprung. This is problematic for a few reasons: 1.            Timeliness and functionality. Unending cold is redundant and tends...

Holidaze

Holidaze Thanksgiving has passed. The turkey feast is over (unless you stashed some creative leftovers into your fridge), but what is on the December horizon? Ham, salt-crusted tenderloins, lamb and booze. In other words, the horizon looks awesome. The question is, when you hit the market, where do you begin...

Thinking Beyond the Planxa

Thinking Beyond the Planxa Without sounding intentionally forward, we have to say that Mercat a la Planxa is winning (think Charlie Sheen) right now. Not only are we celebrating 7 years this fall, but we house the best food and service in town. This is a bold statement, the assertion...

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