You can go big at Mercat a la Planxa and have a fine time. But I tend to stick to the smaller menu items, especially the traditional tapas portion of the menu, where almost everything is fried.
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Pumpkin is popping up on menus all over Chicago. What's most interesting is seeing it used in so many different ways. From pasta to tamales, cocktails to cupcakes, pumpkin's sweet roasted flavor is everywhere. Oh, and you better believe there is pumpkin pie.
I went to Lollapalooza to eat. Sure, I caught a few sets along the way, but a decent number of the food options at the massive Chicago festival are distinguished by the simple fact that they are surprisingly, consistently good. Here are some of my favorites.
mercatchicago.com Mercat a la Planxa: Jose Garces, former protégé of Stephen Starr and Douglas Rodriguez, took a break from building his mini-empire in Philly to unveil some Catalan tapas-style love on his hometown of Chicago at the newly refurbished Blackstone...