I have been to Mercat a la Planxa, a tapas restaurant in downtown Chicago, twice – once a few years back, and once a few weeks ago. The first time I remember liking the restaurant, but this time around, I loved the restaurant. It’s possible that part of this was due to heat-induced delirium; we had spent the day wandering around outside in 100 plus degree temps and I was slightly overjoyed just to sit in air conditioning for awhile. But mostly I think it’s because they serve really, really good food. Here’s a sampling of what we had:
We ordered a pitcher of strawberry basil sangria, though we were almost certain that’s not the type of sangria we were ultimately served. In any case: it was delicious. Get a pitcher. Or two.
Bacon-wrapped dates. I don’t even particularly like bacon (I know I’ve mentioned it before and I know it’s weird), but these were delicious:
The cheese plate. I wish I could tell you that I remember the name of each cheese and the accompanying dip, but…I don’t. Still, cheese = good.
Garlic aioli shrimp – these little dudes were tasty:
Pork belly with (I think) some sort of zucchini slaw. Pork belly is not something I would’ve ordered on my own, but it was good:
We ordered one of the flatbreads – I’m not 100% sure, but I think this was the one with beef shortribs? Nonetheless, really good:
And finally, we kept noticing waiters bringing out plates with these really cute looking, cylindrical tapas on them. And without even knowing it, we scored one for ourselves – patatas bravas:
Every dish we tried was solid, in my opinion. I’m ready for round three at Mercat anytime!
The Details: Mercat a la Planxa | 638 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605 | 312.765.0524