Lunch at Mercadito Chef’s Week

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If you’re eating out this week, don’t forget Chef’s Week runs through Sunday! Fortunately, I was able to combine a little biz with a very nice lunch at Mercadito.

Mercadito | Ceviche, Guacamole

A selection of ceviche and guacamole for the table.

The structure for the Chef’s Week Menu is a little different. Here, you get a choice of two types of guacamole, two types of ceviche, three different tacos and one dessert for the table. This was a lot of food and covered a generous amount of their regular lunch menu.

We tried the mango and manzana guacamoles. The waitress promised us the added flavors wouldn’t overpower the avocado — they didn’t, but we can’t say they added much either. The ceviche was a little more successful with selections of mahi mahi and delightfully tender bay scallops.

Mercadito | Tilapia Taco

The tender tilapia was overpowered by the chile poblano & tomatillo-garlic mojo.

We went with our server’s recommendations and tried the pastor taco, served with grilled pineapple and a spicy chile salsa. It was a huge portion that made a mess as you bit into it. The tilapia taco was even spicier and had a combination of flavors that overwhelmed the delicate fish. Since neither of us had tried huitlacoche, a fungus that grows on corn, we had to place an order. I’m very glad we did — the hearty corn flavor married well with the mushrooms, manchego and salsa verde.

Mercadito | Carmel Flan

While the plating for the other dishes was lovely, dessert was served in a salad bowl.

Dessert was my favorite part of the meal. We ordered a smooth, creamy caramel flan that came paired with mini pound cake and raisins. The texture was amazing. I would return to this restaurant just for that flan.

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  1. Jeff left a comment on March 25, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    When were you guys there yesterday? I was enjoying my Chef Week lunch at 12:30, but didn’t leave until 2 because their computers broke. I’m pretty sure we ordered the exact same combinations. Instead of writing my own blog piece maybe I’ll just send them over to you?? 🙂 I enjoy following your adventures as I feel we see fork-to-fork on most things. Talk soon,


  2. chicagobites left a comment on March 25, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Yes! Was there between 12-ish and 1:15…we probably passed each other by at some point. If you’re racking your brains trying to id me, I was the one with the big camera. 🙂 Sadly, Bridget wasn’t on this outing.

    Read your review of Sepia. Sorry you didn’t like it…have always found them to be consistently good.


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