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  1. Leftovers
    Jeni’s Splendid Makes Ice Cream for DVF; Who Are the Best Food BloggersPlus: Mercadito’s new charity taco, and more, in today’s Leftovers.
  2. Leftovers
    Brunch at the Musket Room; Milk Bar Opens in TorontoPlus: Mercadito’s summer tacos, and more, in today’s Leftovers.
  3. Events
    O Avocado! Mercadito’s Ode To Avocado Cooking Demo/Dinner Tonight & TuesdayI think that I shall ne’er have seen/an avocado such a lovely green.
  4. Leftovers
    Root Hill Burger’s Backyard; Taste of Mexico Dinners at MercaditoPlus: celebrate Shavuot at Breads Bakery, and more, in today’s Leftovers.
  5. Booze News
    Of Course There’s a Juice-Cleanse Cocktail Now — And It Sounds GreatIs tequila any healthier if you add kale, cilantro, pineapple and ginger?
  6. Events
    Zimmerman and Foss To Make Pintxos at Barcito, Kato To Make Tacos at MercaditoGuest pintxos and tacos.
  7. Leftovers
    GoldBar Gets Even Glitzier; $1 Oysters at the LeadbellyPlus: lunch at Harding’s, brunch at Mercadito, and more in today’s leftovers.
  8. Openings
    River North Hop Haus Space To Become Mercadito Late Night Dining ConceptMercadito group to open in Hop Haus space.
  9. Leftovers
    Christmas Stollen at the Lambs Club; Line Cook Wins Latke FestivalPlus: seasonal stollen at the Lambs Club, regional Mexican at Mercadito, and more, in today’s leftovers.
  10. Interviews
    Ryan Poli Makes Us Lunch and Talks His Plans For European ConquestTalking with Ryan Poli about Little Market Brasserie.
  11. Openings
    Ryan Poli To Head Up Little Market Brasserie for Mercadito in The Talbott HotelRyan Poli’s getting a brasserie to go with his Tavernita.
  12. Competitions
    It’s Your Chance to Mix it Up at Double AThe bar is hosting a cocktail competition.
  13. Recipes
    Make Giuseppe Tentori’s Rockfish Taco with Powdered ChicharronesGiuseppe Tentori shares his August taco of the month recipe with us.
  14. Events
    From the Taco Desk: Mexican BBQ Demo, Midnight Brunch at MercaditoLearn the secrets of grilling Mexican-style from Chef Patricio Sandoval.
  15. Openings
    New Mercadito Restaurant? Yes, But First, a Mercadito Pop-Up, PTPop-Up to open in Talbott Hotel as remodeling happens.
  16. Openings
    Pecking Order Chicken’s Dose Debut, Bongo Room Opens 3rd, TalbottitoNews about Pecking Order, Bongo Room and stuff happening in the Talbott.
  17. Hannukkah
    Where to Get Your Hanukkah EatsNoshes for eight matzo-filled nights.
  18. L.A. Diet
    Coolhaus Founder Natasha Case Eats Artisan Marshmallows in L.A. and Guacamole“The biggest thing for me is texture, making sure it’s right. I know the flavors are good, but you need to make sure it’s smooth and has that good mouthfeel.”
  19. Neighborhood Watch
    Hamburger Hop Tickets Go On Sale; Matt Maroni Creates Crispy Falafal SandwichPlus: Sample tacos from Ryan Poli at Mercadito, and watch Graham Elliot on Chicago Live!
  20. The Grub Street Diet
    Big Gay Ice Cream Owner Bryan Petroff Burns His Bagels, Guzzles His Diet Coke“Sitting on a milk crate in the back of an ice cream truck bouncing up First Avenue is not an easy way to eat a lobster roll.”
  21. Neighborhood Watch
    How to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo the Chicago WayIt is your duty to watch out for bad Mexican food tonight.
  22. Neighborhood Watch
    Watch Mexican Cooking Demo at Mercadito; Pay Tribute to Johnny Cash at Big StarPlus: Terzo Piano hosts porkcentric dinner, and The Publican welcomes Prune chef.
  23. Coming Soon
    Tavernita Coming Soon to River NorthTarvernita plans to open this summer.
  24. Closings
    Patricio Sandoval Closes Mercadito CantinaThe Mercadito empire takes a hit.
  25. Slideshow
    Chicago’s Five Best Pork Dishes
  26. The Grub Street Diet
    ‘Cocktail Historian’ David Wondrich Sets Punch Aflame in His“After sipping cocktails all afternoon … beer is just, like, oh hell yes.”
  27. Slideshow
    Chicago Gourmet’s Food PornA look at the many foods of Chicago Gourmet.
  28. Neighborhood Watch
    Mercadito Celebrates First Year; Zocalo Offers Groupon DealPlus: The Southern makes chicken wings, and the French Market hosts a local dinner.
  29. Celebrity Settings
    Tarantino Gets Treated at Mercadito; Diaz and A-Rod Hit Serafina and the LionPlus: Matt Lauer double-dates at Le Caprice, Courtney Love behaves at Monkey Bar, and more, in our complete recap of celebrity sightings.
  30. Neighborhood Watch
    Fatty Crab Hosts Memorial Day Pig Roast; Mercadito’s World Cup TacoPlus: David Wondrick and Don Lee talk polar cocktails, and Mercadito expands hours for the World Cup, in our daily roundup of neighborhood news.
  31. Trends
    Stop Using ‘Market’ in Your Restaurant’s NameMercato, Marketa, Markt, Market Table, Mercadito. Make it stop.
  32. Lists
    Chicago’s Best Picks Chicago’s Best TacosThe videos feature interviews with owners and the chefs, including loads of gratuitous taco eating.
  33. User’s Guide
    Chicago’s Best Flights, From Bacon to Beer to Ice CreamNot to mention tacos, vodka, pancakes, cupcakes, cheese, guacamole, and of course wine.
  34. Taco Loco
    The World is Conspiring to Make You Eat Tacos ConstantlyBig Star and Mercadito both extend their menu availability.
  35. Taco Loco
    Moe’s Cantina Opening a River North OutpostRiver North gets yet another taco restaurant.
  36. Neighborhood Watch
    Michael Bao Huynh Drives On; Boozy Brunch at MercaditoPlus: Doughnut-muffins in midtown, wine-shop throwdown in Red Hook, in our regular roundup of neighborhood food news.
  37. Neighborhood Watch
    Michelle’s Kitchen Closes; Bunny Chow Hops Into the LESPlus: Hot food at the Southwest Porch, and a Buttermilk Channel break-in, in our regular roundup of neighborhood food news.
  38. The Other Critics
    A Rapturous Rave for Pelago; Various Reasons for Mercadito’s MediocrityBruno might have a new favorite restaurant; Vettel and Tamarkin both dislike Mercadito, but for different reasons.
  39. The Other Critics
    In Defense Of Xoco; Quince Finds Its FootingPlus: Mercadito needs some portion enhancement.
  40. Menus
    Mercadito: The MenuA look at Mercadito’s menu, now in soft-open.
  41. Openings
    What To Eat At Mercadito, Opening ThursdayMercadito Chicago opens Thursday with a taco-heavy menu.
  42. Delays
    ’Tis The Season For Running Behind ScheduleHearty and Mercadito Chicago both push back their opening dates.
  43. Openings
    Mercadito, Finally?The long-awaited Mexican restaurant is hiring bartenders.
  44. Celebrity Settings
    Dennis Haskins ‘Subdued’ Over Drinks; Katie Couric Eats ItalianSee which sparkly people were seen wining and dining in our weekly roundup.
  45. Outposts
    Travel ReportNew York restaurants open and close in the Hamptons, Miami, and Chicago.
  46. Slideshow
    Eric Ripert Picks Manhattan’s Best Fish TacoLe Bernardin’s maritime mastermind turns his discerning eye to street food.
  47. Booze News
    Mercadito in the ClearThe State Liquor Authority has renewed the cantina’s liquor license.
  48. CB3
    Have a Drink at MercaditoThe liquor license is good, for now.
  49. CB Report
    The Box Gets a Break, But Not MercaditoCB3 votes on Seymour Burton, Mercury Dime, and Dixon Place.
  50. Community Bored
    CB3 Snubs the Box, Mercury Dime, and Mercadito, Shows Some Love to SeymourSasha Petraske’s coffee shop may not be getting wine; E.U. looks good for outdoor booze.
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