I have never liked guacamole. I'm pretty vocal about my distaste
for the stuff and had written it off entirely as a tasteless chip
But after a visit to Mercadito,
I have to eat my words because I literally ate all of the
Mercadito, an upscale Mexican restaurant in Chicago's River
North neighborhood, is actually known for its mango guacamole, my
favorite from the night, so I guess I shouldn't have been surprised
by my change of heart.
Mercadito has an impressive list of cocktails, as well as wine
and beer, and I decided to venture away from a standard margarita
to try something new. I chose the Los Hermanos, which has a
completely unique, smoky flavor.
Eager to try all the tempting dishes on the menu, we enjoyed a
few fresh ceviches as a starter. I recommend the dorado, made with
mahi mahi and grilled Asian pear.
The menu boasts a wide variety of taco choices, which are a must
during a Mercadito visit. There's truly something for everyone,
including more than one option for vegetarians. There also are
plenty of tasty sides to choose from.
We loved the atmosphere at Mercadito. The restaurant is small
but has simple and unique decor, which keeps it feeling cozy
instead of cramped. Dining at Mercadito definitely felt more
upscale than the check reflected, which always makes for a nice
After dinner, head downstairs to Double A lounge for a
cocktail or two. Having a second destination in the same building
as dinner is a brilliant idea for our unpredictable Chicago
Mercadito also offers monthly cooking demos that would make a
great date night for parents. These multi-course demonstrations are
hosted by the restaurant's own Chef Patricio Sandoval.
Alaina is the digital content editor at Chicago Parent. She lives in Chicago.
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