Baco Mercat may be the most casual restaurant that my brother in-law has ever worked at, but I think it’s the best. Bon Appetit & Esquire agree with me, naming it to their list of best new restaurants for 2012. I loved that the super-endearing wait staff all get to wear whatever they want; that the menu is almost all small plates, appetizers and their now-famous sandwiches (bacos); and that the bill rarely exceeds $100.00.
My brother in-law picked out some of his favorite dishes for my husband and I to sample when we joined him there for lunch, and I (of course) documented our dining experience.
“The ToronoBaco (sandwich): oxtail hash, pickle, cheddar, tater, horseradish. The bread lands somewhere between a pita and a blini.
If you’ve ever had really good salad dressing that you wished you could guzzle down straight, you know what it was like to drink this “shrub”. It’s a handmade soda with tomatoes, basil and a vinegar based syrup.
“blistered okra tomato, garlic, basil” The only okra dish I’ve ever liked. Ever.