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 dishes 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: Pan Con Tomate with toasted bread, tomato, Arbequina olive oil and sea salt; Croquetas de Iberico y Pollo featuring Iberico ham and Crystal Valley chicken croquettes with garlic aioli; Pulpo Con Patatas featuring octopus, olive oil, mashed potatoes, roasted grapes and capers. Do not leave without a slice of Basque Burnt Cheesecake with Pedro Ximenez soaked cherries and whipped cream. Summer brings a takeaway picnic basket that can be enjoyed across the street in Grant Park. Stop by for Happy Hour, Tuesday –" Friday, 4:30-6:30pm in the bar area.
- South Loop's Best Restaurants: "The Traditional Tasting or Luxury Tasting Menu are prix fixe options for at least two guests, featuring eight to nine small plate courses."
- 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.