Bäco Mercat: Restaurant Review

Baco Mercat is one of those hipster/totally LA/rustic vibe type restaurants that you’ll completely fall in love with if you’re into that sort of thing. And I am. Sorry ’bout it. It’s a little place located on busy Main St. You could drive by it and not realize you passed it. That’s what almost happened to us. My sister, best friend, Heidi, and I were going to celebrate Heidi’s engagement on a random weekday, so it wasn’t too busy.

1.) Food & Drinks

  • We started off by ordering drinks. Their cocktails were great. You really shouldn’t expect anything less from a restaurant of this caliber.

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  • This is the Moxie:

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I love little touches like personalized stamps on the paper. It’s such an easy thing that adds so much style to a place–and added bonus, it makes for a great instagram photo.

  • Roasted Japanese Eggplant (poblano feta, beets, hazelnut dukkah) This place really nails it with texture and their salads. The full flavor of the eggplant was balanced by the crisp, lightness of the onion, cucumber, and pickles.

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  • This is the only dish  I can’t remember/figure out… From looking back on the menu, I believe its the Sweet Piggy. And whatever it is, it was as delicious as it looks.

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  • Sugar Snap Pea & Pear Salad (grapefruit, burrata, dill, walnuts) This had everything you’d want in a salad. It was lightly sweet, crisp, and the dressing was excellent.

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  • The Toron (oxtail hash, cheddar tater, horseradish-yogurt). This is kind of a signature sandwich for Baco Mercat. Let me tell you, it does NOT disappoint.

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  • Patatas Bravas, Sunchokes, and Pickles (crispy potato, harissa, and smoked paprika) Tiff and I had so many patatas bravas dishes when we were in Spain, so this was a great throwback for us.

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  • Pistachio Cheesecake (crème fraîche, sea salt aleppo) Despite the fact that there was no crust on this thing, it was still one of the greatest cheesecakes I’ve ever had. EVER. And that’s kind of crazy to claim because we all know, the crust is the best part. Bravo, Baco Mercat. Bravo.

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2.) Prices

  • The price of the food itself is not terribly expensive, but I will warn you, the portions are on the smaller side. All of this food pictured was for three of us, and we left feeling satisfied, not too full.
  • I’d say plan on spending about $50-60 per person if you’re going to order drinks

3.) Ambience

  • The restaurant front for Baco Mercat is adorable. It’s a weird thing to like, but I like the lower case letters for the restaurant sign. It’s casual and modern. The patio is surrounded by greens and slanted awning.

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  • Like I said, very new-hipster/rustic kind of vibe on the inside. The restaurant itself is dimly lit, but the whole store front is glass, so there’s great natural light in the day time. And that Baco sign is so hipster..

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4.) Service

  • Baco Mercat is a fairly small restaurant, the wait staff is not difficult to wave them down if you need something
  • They’re all really great at explaining their menu. I feel like when you work at a restaurant like this, you should be passionate about the food, and I really got that impression from the people working there.

5.) Convenience

  • It is in DTLA, parking is disgusting. But there is valet. If you’re willing to pay for convenience, it doesn’t really matter.

5

5 shots for Bäco Mercat. Yes, it’s a bit pricey for their portions. But their flavors, texture, presentation, and staff do not disappoint. I absolutely love this place and would recommend it to any foodie out there.

tracie

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