Sunday, June 27, 2010

Mercadito...Round II

Back in May, I did a review on the brothers Sandoval and Mercadito at 108 West Kinzie.
This go around was another love affair with great Mexican food. The only exception was the fish tacos, which were a little too bland for my taste. These pescado tacos made with tilapia, chile poblano, tomatillo-garlic mojo need a lot of spicing up in my estimation. They would be good adding another texture, such as a slaw, and then a sneak-up fiery green chili verde sauce and maybe even some fresh fruit.

I go for the split and so does my sister. We split all three dishes and it was perfect.

The traditional guacamole, made with tomatillo pico de gallo, jalapeño, garlic, key lime, and cilantro was perhaps the best guacamole I’ve had in a long time. The flavor was bold and really quite amazing. I’ll undoubtedly have to work on a recipe soon.

The ensalada verde was a combination of mixed greens, red cabbage, corn, jícama, and queso fresco. What really made the salad was the dressing, which was a chipotle-balsamic vinaigrette. I am going to try and duplicate this recipe also over the course of the next few weeks. It had such a kick to it that it really woke up your taste buds.

Mercadito is now on my list of favorite Chicago restaurants. I’ll be back to sample a few of their other dishes and also post some recipes in the coming months.

Bon Appetit!