There is beauty in the veggie taco. That was one of the many surprises uncovered during my two trips to Mexico. While meaty options were far more prevalent, vegetable fillings abounded, and they were often the most colorful and enticing option. I've been on the hunt for similar tacos in Chicago ever since.
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Why are Chicago chefs so obsessed with ramps? Well, they are our city's namesake, but they also make a tasty flavor accent for anything from risotto to lobster tacos.
Mexican food has never had a lot of sex appeal to me. Then along comes Mercadito, the contemporary Mexican restaurant with enough of it to melt a pack of popsicles.
Oh, Mercadito. Why do you make things so hard? While your tacos are consistently delicious, I still seem to dread each visit.
A few years ago if you asked me about fish tacos in Chicago, I would have gone silent, blanked, and probably gotten a little depressed that there weren't many options. But thanks to mostly new joints, there is now an impressive fried fish scene in Chicago, one that I can't wait to show off.
At its best, a fish taco is a totem of simplicity—just perfectly fried fresh fish in a warm tortilla with a drizzle of crema, the sweet crunch of cabbage, and a little hot sauce for punch. We checked out the city's fish taco scene to sort out the good, the bad, and the just alright.
Chances are high that if you're in any semblance of a relationship (real or imaginary), the days ahead are going to be filled with some combination of hand-holding, adoring stares, and breathless whispers. A guy or gal is bound to get hungry after so much endless romance, and one of the sexiest ways to refuel is fondue—or the Swiss art of shared cheese-dipping—and its many cultural counterparts. With a reputation for late nights and a number of different cuisines represented in the 'hood, the East Village offers a convincing argument for getting cheesy with the apple of your eye.
I felt it was time to dip into that deep well of affection and bestow some on a plate of vegetarian tacos that, I think, can satisfy and delight even the most devoted meat eater. I'm referring to the Hongos tacos ($10.50) at Mercadito.
In honor of National Margarita Day (yes, that's a real holiday!) here are some of our favorites in New York City—chartreuse margaritas, hibiscus margaritas, rosemary margaritas, and much more.
[mercaditorestaurants.com] Chicago isn't quite as far along as New York in our imbibing IQ; I'd kill for more spots like Death + Company, Milk and Honey, and the like. Violet Hour is rocking for sure, and Bar Deville and In...
Mercadito, Mercadito Cantina, and Mercadito Grove are offering all-you-can-eat taco deals. At Mercadito Cantina, it's $21 (plus you get a free draft beer on Tuesdays) and at Mercadito and Mercadito Grove, it's $23. Check the website for addresses and hours....