Mercat a la Planxa

638 S. Michigan Ave.
Blackstone Hotel

Chicago, IL
312-765-0524
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Description

This high-energy dining room is loud both visually and aurally, and service can be erratic, but foodwise, Jose Garces, the chef, has a handle on it. Inventive Catalan small plates include Marcona almond gazpacho with smoked sturgeon and pickled gooseberries; steamed spinach with raisins, pine nuts, and green apple matchsticks; superb seasonal mushrooms with scrambled eggs, green pea tendrils, and toast smeared with fava bean purée. Not rich enough for you? Try rabbit agnolotti with brandied cherries and truffle-chestnut purée or slow-cooked pork belly in sweet cider glaze. Desserts are as virtuosic as what precedes, olive oil cake with blueberry escabeche being just one example. Spanish wines, sherries, tequilas, and cocktails.

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Dishes We Liked

Pelotas de calabaza y cordero (butternut squash dumplings, $11), espinaca a la Catalana (spinach, $8), costillas de ternera (flatbread topped with short-rib meat, $12), revuelto de temporada (mushrooms with scrambled eggs, $10), conill amb castanyes (rabbit agnolotti, $14), tocino con cidra (cider-braised pork belly, $14), pastel de aceite de oliva (olive oil cake, $8)

Additional Information

Rating:
Price: $40-$49
Cuisine: Spanish
Neighborhood: South Loop
Noteworthy: child friendly
high noise level
wheelchair accessible
will seat past 10:30 p.m.
Hours: B daily, L Mon-Sat, D nightly, Br Sun.