Mercadito to Open Mexican Deli in River NorthBy Sarah Freeman
October 7, 2013 By Sarah Freeman | October 7, 2013
Is there ever a wrong time to dive into chilaquiles? We think not, and Mercadito Hospitality (Mercadito, Tavernita, Little Market) agrees. The restaurant group’s latest dining concept will bring all-day breakfast, a Latin-fusion deli and the namesake restaurant’s signature tacos to Mercadito Counter at 738 N. Clark Street.
Mercadito Counter is inspired by the traditional street stands of chef Patricio and his brother Alfredo Sandoval’s native Acapulco. Dishes will include staples such as nachos, quesadillas and enchiladas. The deli will offer Mexican cheeses, marinated meats, tortillas, guacamoles, salsas and other prepared items to-go. American classics that get a Mexican makeover will include the Mercadito Burger with a side of chipotle onion rings as well as the the Mole-Q Dog, a smoked and fried sausage with mole barbecue sauce.
“I think, especially in Chicago, where there is such a rich, authentic Mexican history, that many diners’ definition of comfort food has some Mexican influence, and they want to see the two cuisines come together. They also need a resource for authentic Mexican ingredients, and we’ll be providing both at Mercadito Counter,” Alfredo Sandoval said. In addition to the selection of lunch and dinner comfort classics, Mercadito Counter will serve breakfast all-day, complete with huevos rancheros, breakfast burritos and gordita sliders.
Mercadito Counter, as well as Tippling Hall, the group’s late-night cocktail spot helmed by The Tippling Brothers, is scheduled to open this fall.