Mercat
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Mercat

638 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
(312) 765-0524 serving: Loop, Central
open:Fri-Sat: 7am-11pm, Sun-Thu: 7am-10pm

Sidewalk Score: 7 out of 10

The Low Down

EDITORS TIPS

Know Before You Go: Those prone to grumble might site the closeness of some tables, but truth told there isn't a bad seat in the house. If you reserve early in the week specify a table in the center of the floor--those banked along the sides tend to be more tightly packed.

Where to Sit: Book a private table up on The Veranda, an open tier that looks down to the frenzy below. There's no extra fee--just make sure to call a couple of weeks out.

What to Drink: The wine program features plenty of Spanish gems perfect for the assertive food but start with fresh cocktails like the De La Boqueria--gin, pomegranate liqueur, fresh sour and mint leaves.

The Extras: Call two days in advance for the whole roasted suckling pig ($45 per person). The sight of the whole beast hoisted through the room is enough to inspire medieval poetry.

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