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Mercadito

 108 W. Kinzie
Chicago, IL
 

One fabulous fiesta

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-spot to be full of itself… but it’s not. It’s a wonderful jaunt through fabulous food without pretention, and all at a reasonable price.
I couldn’t have been more pleased with our date night – we had 6:15pm reservations on a Saturday night and the place was certainly filling up, though the couple of walk-ins right after of us got seats without a wait. (UNheardof in the suburbs where we reside!) The dining area was certainly crowded with tables and at first I felt like we were sitting on top of the group next to us, but with the festive atmosphere and loud music we really didn’t have those awkward ‘over hearing the next table’s conversation’ moments.
Our waiter was not only truly knowledgeable of the menu but he was also attentive and willing to accomodate our needs (what kind of ceviche is pregnancy-friendly? what about a non-alcoholic margarita?) The plates themselves come out of the kitchen as soon as their ready and are aimed toward sharing, making the meal feel a little more adventurous and intimate at the same time.
We started with drinks and you certainly don’t want to miss out there – the selection is delicious and my alcohol-free strawberry had a divinely spicy salt on the rim, a perfect balance to the sweet beverage itself.
Both guacamoles were fantastic though my favorite was the traditional, I wish I could make it that good at home. I would recommend everything we tried, which makes me think there probably isn’t a bad thing on the menu… flautas, pastor tacos (my FAVORITE dish of the evening, other tacos I’ve called my fav now pale in comparison), camarón ceviche – I cannot wait to go back and try some more!

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