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Mercat a la Planxa Photo courtesy of Mercat a la Planxa
  • 638 S Michigan Ave

    Chicago, IL 60605

  • Phone: 312-765-0524

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The light streaming through the massive, arched windows enhance the vibrant colors of this Catalan restaurant located in the Blackstone Hotel. The tables and chairs carry off sleek, modern lines that are contrasted with bright greens and oranges and rich purples. It seems more like a Spanish market than a restaurant. The festive ambiance is further enhanced by the selection of small dishes. Traditional tapas like octopus with smoked paprika can be found alongside flatbreads served with beef shortribs, horseradish, and bacon. There's even the option for ordering a whole roasted suckling pig, which the chef will gladly carve himself.

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Megy Karydes

Ten Best Logo 03 Local Expert Says:

"Order the sangria flight which comes with a white, rose and red sangria."


Best for Spanish Because: Although it boasts great views of Lake Michigan and great tapas created by an Iron Chef winner, Mercat still feels like a hidden gem.