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Chicago’s Best Steakhouse Dishes of Summer

Chicago’s Best Steakhouse Dishes   Chicago’s Best Steakhouse Dishes Leave it to this powerhouse restaurant group to work wonders with seasonal ingredients. Along with superlative steaks, the menu features vivid, fresh items like a vegetable tart with market produce, pistachio crust, and French feta; foie gras with rhubarb and strawberry; and English pea cappalletti with […]

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May 27, 2016 11:25 PM
Eric Ripert at Nico Osteria, III Forks Wine Tasting: Weekday Planner

Eric Ripert at Nico Osteria, III Forks Wine Tasting World-famous chef Eric Ripert is in Chicago as part of a tour for his new memoir, 32 YOLKS, From My Mother’s Table to Working the Line, and he’s stopping at Nico Osteria for a special dinner June 1. The award-winning chef behind New York City’s Le […]

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May 26, 2016 08:25 PM
Memorial Day Planner Chicago 5-28-16

Memorial Day Planner Chicago 5-28-16   Memorial Day BBQ at Oyster Bah In other Memorial Day BBQ news, Oyster Bah is getting in on the action with a holiday shindig of its own May 30. The all-day event runs from 11:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., featuring a spread of summery dishes like fried chicken, baby […]

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May 26, 2016 04:47 AM

Mercadito Meets Deli With Mercadito Counter Restaurant

Mercadito Hospitality loves to keep people guessing. The avante garde restaurant group does a masterful job of reinventing itself with each new concept, from the taco-centric Mercadito to the tapas-based Tavernita, and eclectic offerings at Little Market Brasserie. Mercadito Hospitality is basically the Madonna of restaurant groups, re-emerging in a bold new way with each opening. Now with their newest endeavor due later this fall, the restaurant group offers its most casual dining destination to date. Mercadito Counter is also their most surprising iteration, a Mexican deli concept inspired by the Sandoval brothers' street food memories in Acapulco and corner store deli counters of yore.


Mexican hot dogs
(Mexican hot dogs, the one instance where ketchup isn't decried as heresy)


When Mercadito's casual sister spot opens this fall at 738 N. Clark St., it will feature a mix of Mercadito favorites and a slew of deli-inspired innovations, all in a fast-casual format unique to the Mercadito Hospitality formula of dining destinations in Chicago. Guests can get their fill of Mercadito's cultishly adored tacos, as well as nachos, quesadillas, and enchiladas. But it's the American deli-style fixtures that really stand out, as this is where Mercadito Counter exhibits its creativity. A deli menu offers to-go selections of guacamoles, salsas, Mexican cheeses, meats, tortillas, and prepared foods, while the food menu features the Mercadito burger topped with jalapeño butter and Manchego cheese, chipotle onion rings, gordita sliders, and a variety of hot dogs, including the bacon-wrapped Mexican dog laden with pico de gallo, jalapeño relish, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, and crispy bacon, and the deep-fried Mole-Q dog ensconced in mole barbecue sauce, green tomato-jalapeño slaw, a trio of mustards, and crispy onion strings. Mercadito Counter will also serve breakfast all day, with options such as huevos rancheros, breakfast burritos, and chilaquiles.


Agua fresca
(Quench your agua fresca cravings at Mercadito Counter this fall)


For the Sandoval brothers, Mercadito Counter represents the merging of two distinct styles of comfort food, both with casual streetside origins. Considering Chicago's Mexican population, the idea for a place that melded the two genres was the perfect segue into the casual dining sphere.

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NYC restaurant known for killer tacos and a casual, yet upscale setting moves into the old Sugar/La Pomme Rouge space. This is the third outpost, but it takes the trend...

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Chef Ryan Poli helms the second project from the team from Mercadito, featuring a diverse mix of European-inspired dishes with Mediterranean and Latin flavors designed for sharing and a raw...

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The team behind Mercadito expand their burgeoning Chicago empire in the Gold Coast with this seafood-themed addition to the mod Mexican brand.

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The Mercadito team (Little Market Brasserie, Mercadito, Tavernita) makes its entry into the fast-casual dining scene with a Mexican deli concept in River North. Mercadito Counter, set to open fall...

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