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Mercadito Counter opens in River North

Mercadito Counter offers Mexican inspired deli options
Mercadito Counter offers Mexican inspired deli options
Mercadito Counter

Grabbing a quick bite doesn't have to be void of big, bold flavors. Beginning Monday, August 25, Mercadito Counter will open its doors in the River North area. Executive Chef Patricio Sandoval takes traditional quick service items and offers twist on the perennial favorites.

“I was inspired my childhood in Acapulco, and I wanted to blend those traditions with some of my favorite foods from the States,” says Sandoval. “We wanted to bring Chicagoans something casual, approachable, and filled with personality.”

Menu highlights from the Mexican deli-inspired menu include:

Mole-Q Dog

smoked and fried pork dog with mole barbeque sauce, jalapeño slaw, mustard, and crispy onion springs

Lobster Dog

grilled dog topped with lobster salad, chipotle ketchup, and crispy potatoes

Chicken a las Brasas

pan-fried chicken marinated in either adobo, garlic-vinegar, or epazote-chile verde, served with rice, beans, and tortillas

Burrito Puerto Vallarta

smoked fish, blackened shrimp, gouda, refried beans, avocado, habanero-serrano crema, lettuce, tomato, and onion in a flour tortilla

Mexican Onion Rings

chipotle-battered Vidalia onions

Mercadito Counter Burger

rib eye and short rib burger with jalapeño emulsion, manchego cheese, and grilled scallions

Sandoval is also serving guacamole by the quart, tortillas by the dozen, a variety of Mexican cheeses, and house-blended spices at the restaurant’s deli counter. Additionally, the menu will include a daily-changing soup special, all-day breakfast, and a weekly tamale special.

Mercadito Counter is located at 738 N. Clark Street.