Posted by on Mar 12, 2012 in gluten free grubbing | 0 comments

I am an avid traveler and love seeing new places, but always happily return home to the greatest city in the world (yes that would be NYC).

My latest escapade landed me in the windy city, aka Chicago. I don’t really consider this a city. It seems to clean to me. More like a larger version of Hoboken.

For a light din before hitting the bars, my friends and I went to Mercadito. The name might sound familiar since this is one of 4 locations, 2 of which are in NYC (Ave A & W. Village).

I was shocked to see how crowded this place was when we arrived. It was as if we walked into the Catch of Chicago. Makes sense though; they seem to have a few hot spots that everyone frequents (Underground, Public House etc).

After waiting close to 45 mins for our reservation, we were given a round of drinks on the house. Thanks – I will take the most expensive tequila on the rocks, splash of pineapple.

Considering it was now close to 10pm, we ordered a few things to share, including:

Trio of Gauc: Tradicional (tomatillo pico de gallo, jalapeno, garlic, lime, cilantro), Mango (jicama, chipotle, pico de gallo) and Toreado (chile serrano, garlic, oregano, tomatillo pico de gallo) (gluten-free):  Talk about a long ass description. Anyway – the chips were fried in the same oil used for everything so the waitress kindly brought me corn tortillas to use for dipping. The gaucs were small as shit and done in less than 5 minutes. Nonetheless – I love avocado/guac and it was lovely.


On a side note, the restaurants I visited in Chi were very gluten educated and helpful! All the corn tortillas at Mercadito were GF and the only tacos I couldn’t have were: Estilo Baja, Mole and Calabacitas.

We got the Pollo (chile morita smoked chicken, butternut squash-apple mojo and shaved brussels sprouts) and the Pescado (sauteed tilapia, poblano tomatillo mojo & avocado) (gluten-free): Both were awesome. I preferred the pollo (brussels sprouts helllo). We also got a trio of salsa to top them off.

We rounded out dinner with some tequila shots and headed out!

Rating: B
Pros: Tasty mexican cuisine. Nice selection of food and tequila (no Patron)
Cons: Service wasn’t fantastic and they gave us a makeshift table. They did give us round of shots though.

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Mercadito: W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL, USA (312) 329-9555

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