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Baco Mercat

Map & Directions 408 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
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213-687-8808

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The menu at Baco Mercat reads almost like a graduate exam in culinary poststructuralism, mixing flavors from Italy, France and western China, Georgia (U.S.) and Georgia (Eastern Europe), Tuscany and Peru. Josef Centeno's take on posole includes a chile-red pork broth, crisps of beef and pork and house-made noodles that happen to look exactly like what comes out of a packet of Top Ramen. Chicken thighs are somehow manipulated to resemble fried pork ribs, then glazed with a sweet, vaguely Sichuan-style chile sauce; whole shrimp are fried with salt and pepper pretty much as they are at Cantonese seafood restaurants — you eat them entire, shell, head and all.

 
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  • LA Weekly on 12/07/11

    ...the menu at Bäco Mercat reads almost like a graduate exam in culinary poststructuralism, mixing flavors... ~Jonathan Gold

  • LA Weekly on 10/13/12

    Named Best New Restaurant - 2012 by LA weekly food editor Amy Scattergood! Click to read the full review.

  • Los Angeles Times on 06/04/13

    Go for the Bäco, Josef Centeno's signature creation, a kind of flatbread sandwich halfway between a Catalan coca and a taco pumped up on 'roids, slicked with a goopy, vaguely Mediterranean sauce.

  • Eater on 07/30/12

    In addition to the bäco expect a bevy of seasonally inspired plates, craft beer, boutique wine, modern cocktails, and house-made sodas. [Eater 38 Member]

  • Los Angeles Times on 03/06/12

    With an inventive menu, smart urban setting and late-night hours, Bäco Mercat already feels like a fixture in downtown L.A. The food is gutsy and delicious and the prices are moderate.

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