My husband and I stayed at the Blackstone while in Chicago, and decided to have dinner at Mercat. Reviews seemed iffy but I decided to go with it anyway since it was so convenienet! We ordered:
Olives - good, but with the pits more trouble than they were worth
La Peral Cheese plate- very good, the blue cheese flavor is very strong and could have used more of the accompaniments (apple slices, etc)
Garlic Shrimp - good and very garlicky
Beef Shortrib Flatbreak - one of our favorites!
Bacon Wrapped Dates - excellent
Butternut Squash Dumplings w/lamb ragout and black truffles - one of my favorites but a little exotic for my husband :)
Spicy potatos with paprika - good
We also had a pitcher of sangria that we both liked as well as a dessert that I can't remember what it was but we enjoyed. All in all, it was a good meal, the only bad thing I can say is they cram you in there like sardines. When I had to use the restroom, we had to actually move our table so I could get out, and I'm a fairly small person. The service was fine, and it's a fairly energetic atmosphere, so don't go expecting a romantic evening.
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