Don’t dodge the valet or you’ll likely miss nabbing a table at this ever-packed place where Sunday brunch involves a perpetual wait-list. Mercado is loud and proud, so if you’re planning to whisper sweet nothings to your companion, those heartfelt words will go unheard.
Margaritas and Mexican food go hand in hand, and the spicy cucumber margarita offered here is a sure thing. Opt for one of the many tequilas or mezcals for sipping while snacking, preferably on the dip duo of chunky guacamole and creamy choriqueso blended with spicy house chorizo, plus crispy and crunchy chips. This is not a street taco joint, so check the mirror for the specials, including a daily tamale. Top it off with Mercado’s flan, served with a brandy-spiked rompope.