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Mercadito

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108 W Kinzie St (at N Clark and N LaSalle)
Chicago, IL 60654
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Best

Shrimp Tacos are delicious, Brussels Sprouts are delicious. Wish they would bring back the Chicken tacos with corn.

Worst

Upon arrival, we were greeted with the half smile of someone with a superiority complex and told that it would be a wait of 45 minutes to one hour. Not seeing this as an issue (a...

Editorial review from GrubHub 3/15/2014

Shrimp Tacos are delicious, Brussels Sprouts are delicious. Wish they would bring back the Chicken tacos with corn. more

Editorial review from GrubHub 1/17/2014

Delicious! The shrimp tacos are amazing! more

Editorial review from GrubHub 8/31/2013

It was ok not big enough portions for the money more

Editorial review from GrubHub 7/5/2013

i absolutely love mercadito. i am never disappointed. my absolute favorite are the camarones tacos. more

Editorial review from GrubHub 4/16/2013

The food was cold and the meat was gross in the tacos... I am wondering if they have a new owner. I will defiantly NOT order here again !! more

Mexican theme. Chicken tacos were excellent.... 8/4/2012

Mexican theme. Chicken tacos were excellent. Different salsas and guacamole. Drinks were good. Nice... more

Mexican theme. Chicken tacos were excellent.... 8/4/2012

rwachsman Provided by Partner
Mexican theme. Chicken tacos were excellent. Different salsas and guacamole. Drinks were good. Nice atmosphere. more

MERCADITO?S ?TACOS FOR STRENGTH? FEATURES 11/7/2010

(CHICAGO, October 25, 2010)?Mercadito?s ?Tacos for Strength,? a year-long campaign led by Chef Patricio Sandoval, features a taco by a different chef each month to benefit Share Our Strength?. This November, Chef Stephanie Izard?the executive chef of Girl & The Goat, a Boka Group Restaurant, and season four winner of ?Top Chef??will offer a braised chicken taco beginning Monday, November 1 through Tuesday, November 30. The braised chicken tacos, made with avocado cr?me fra?che, fermented black bean, nicoise olive tapenade and shaved brussel sprouts, will be available for dinner (four per order) for $16. Share Our Strength is a national nonprofit that is striving to end childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. Five percent of the sales from Chef Izard?s taco will be donated to Share Our Strength. more

One fabulous fiesta 8/29/2010

My advice? Eat. Here. Tonight. You won't be disappointed. With the bustling staff, thumping music and... more

One fabulous fiesta 8/29/2010

HeatherHart Provided by Partner
My advice? Eat. Here. Tonight. You won't be disappointed. With the bustling staff, thumping music and trendy decor you'd expect this Mexican hot-sp... more

A celebration of mediocrity 8/18/2010

Upon arrival, we were greeted with the half smile of someone with a superiority complex and told that it would be a wait of 45 minutes to one hour. Not seeing this as an issue (as it was expected), we made our way to the bar. The bar staff is absolutely superb. They were fast, attentive, very polite, and made excellent drinks! If this place had a primary focus on drinks and a secondary on food, I would have easily given it a much higher rating. However, as it happens, we were there for the food. After the first hour of waiting, it became apparent to us and others we had met at the bar, that this restaurant has a ?help your friends first? philosophy as we witnessed several people (who did not have reservations) arriving after us and being seated before us. Finally after a two hour wait ? filled with excuses like: ?oh, we?re so busy?, and ?we had reservations?, we were given a table. Because of our excessive wait, we were offered free guacamole. This turned out to be the best part of the meal. We had three different types ? each better than the last. The tacos, however, were small and really nothing special. Don?t get me wrong, they were better than fast food caliber, but in no way were they worthy of waiting over two hours. Overall, for me, it was a really bad experience. If you?re looking for ambiance, social activity, and just having a couple of drinks, then I would say to try it. However, I would definitely not recommend this restaurant if you are, in any way, hungry. more

Mercadito betrays value. 11/5/2009

Many things have delusions of grandeur. People may develop a fake accent like Madonna. Swim towels become Sham-wows, computers become Macs, backwards bathrobes become snuggies, and Mexican restaurants become Mercadito. For who else but the delusionally-grand would charge 2.50 for a table spoon of salsa? $10.50 for a ?tasting? of guacamole? Or $19.50 for a chile relleno? Not even Topolobampo. But before the ridicule, let us cover the compliments of which there are several. The Chile Relleno was less chile and more tortilla attempting with all its might to hold back a torrent of shrimp, scallops, octopus and other swimming delicacies impatiently bursting from under a layer of melted cheese. I was amazed that $19.50 was all it cost. And the green rice casserole, (?Dios Mio!) redefined comfort food. (Consider the value of such a statement when uttered by someone for whom all Mexican is comfortable.) But it seems that recently, all good meals have an ugly underbelly. And not necessarily the one that comes printed on the bill. We sneaked a peek at ours with drinks. My Margarita Tradicional was excellent. Absolutely delicious. Why? Beacuse instead of using 2 parts tequila per 1 part Cointreau, they reversed the formula. Sweeeeeet. But not traditional. And not enough. If you?re going to make weak-tasting drinks, the least you can do is over-serve them. My margarita had enough for 3 sips. No joke. How they got non-crushed ice to look so filling I have no idea. Same problem with the wine. The glass could not have had more than 3 ounces worth. For $10 that?s abusive. The one thing I absolutely loved (enough to plagiarize the idea) is the manner of salting the glass. They dip one side of it low into the salt so that if you want some, you have plenty. If not, drink from the other side. I?m amazed I have not seen this done more often. The guacamole ?tasting? consisted of a traditional and a mole covered. For the latter, someone took a traditional and poured some very average sweet, brown liquid over it that had the remarkable consistency of canned black bean emulsion. However, the habenero salsa (which costs $2.50 per tablespoon) was the highlight of the appetizers. Beware. It?ll make even the grossest entr?e swim eagerly down your gullet just to put the flames out. Finally, even though the restaurant stresses that it is a tapas-style menu, they do indeed have entr?es. Thus, when a member of a party orders one, bring it WITH the tapa that?s serving as the other entr?e and not 10 minutes later. Overall, the meal was a disappointment not in taste but in value. With places like Province and Tocco recently opened, spending over $100 for some good but mostly overpriced Mexican food is not competetive. There was no part of the meal that should not have cost less. Pros: Amazing Chile Relleno Cons: A drink should be more than a tablespoon. more
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Editorial

  • There's no mistaking the fiesta vibe at this lounge-y River North restaurant, with its low lighting, club-ready beats, graffiti-inspired artwork and large, leather-wrapped bar doling out colorful,...

  • 10/15/2009 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Lunch Mon-Sat:11:30am-3pm Brunch 11:30am - 4pm Dinner Sun-Mon: 5pm-12am Tue-Thurs: 5pm-1am Fri: 5pm-2am Sat: 5pm-3am
  • Payments:

    Master Card, American Express, Discover, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Central, Near North Side
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