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Mercat a la Planxa
Cuisine: Catalan, European, Spanish
Price Range: $$
Large arched windows allow plenty of light and views of Grant Park and the vibrant colors in this Catalan restaurant (located in the Blackstone Hotel) add to the fiesta feel. Mercat's menu features... Read More
Large arched windows allow plenty of light and views of Grant Park and the vibrant colors in this Catalan restaurant (located in the Blackstone Hotel) add to the fiesta feel. Mercat's menu features meats and seafood served a la planxa or on the grill, inspired by Spain's inimitable Catalan region. The bar offers Spanish-influenced cocktails, as well as an extensive collection of Spanish sherries, wines, sangrias and beer. Tapas abound and new selections include short rib canelon with farm chicken foie gras and creamy truffle béchamel; cold almond soup with marinated sardine, cava vinegar, and green grapes; and couscous with pumpkin, tomato, turnip, zucchini, red pepper, sofrito, parsnip, ginger, coriander, and turmeric, Olé! There are a number of paella dishes, recommended for two diners, featuring ingredients sourced right from Valencia, Spain.
- South Loop's Best Restaurants: "You can even order paella to-go and keep the pan for an extra $20."
- Best for South Loop's Best Restaurants Because: Tapas originated in Spain and Mercat a la Planxa's dishes may be the closest you'll get to a night in Barcelona.