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. When a restaurant comes to life it evokes the character of every diner and the cheekiness of every server. It inhabits its terror like a fine wine and emanates the aromas from the kitchen of a happy home. This March marked Mercat’s 8th anniversary and we are sharing our passion for great food and great wine via a multitude of events in 2016. Here are a few samples to spark your interest:

If you have yet to partake in Mercat’s favorite national holiday- Paella Day- then feast on one, or both, of Chef’s generous paella offerings. Not only are we serving ½ off of paellas, but read on for a sneak peek into our 3rd Annual Paella Cook Off!

While our menu focuses on the Catalan region of Spain, we are inspired by the diversity of the Spanish culinary scene. This is Mercat’s 8th year and we wouldn’t miss celebrating our 8th anniversary. Chef has created a series of unique events, spanning 8 nights. Come check us out this April for an opportunity to experience the food, wine, spirits, and hospitality that make Mercat who we are.

Lastly, who can forget Mercat’s formidable Paella Cook Off? This will be our 3rd year hosting the Windy City’s top chefs for a friendly throw down of caramelized rice with a lot of really tasty ingredients mixed in.  Who will be crowned People’s Choice, and who will take home the top prize? Stay tuned…

There are endless options of entertainment throughout Chicago as the spring season ramps up (including foraging for ramps, everyone’s favorite hyper-seasonal vegetable). Be sure to add some sangria and paella to your busy schedule!