408 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9001334.047689 -118.247562
Neighborhoods: Central LA, Downtown, Historic Core
Decadence. Great place to meet friends. Tapas style. Try the Original Bäco, flat bread filled w pork. Loved Cesar Brussels Sprouts salad.
Josef Centeno's Baco Mercat has won a lot of much-deserved acclaim; it's one of the most inventive and playful restaurants in the country. The food is a fusion of Latin, Southeast Asian, and Mediterranean flavors, and a haven for both adventurous carnivores and obsessive vegetarians. It's small plates or big plates. The menu changes daily according to what's fresh, but the staple is the signature "baco" sandwich - think of a pita-taco hybrid. The bar alone is a standout for its cocktails (pisco punch) and beers. And make room for the pineapple upside down cake. It's divine.
The successor to the much-loved Oxtail Canteen has come a huge hit, thanks to its eclectic and robust small plates menu -- and in particular its ballsy, intense vegetable dishes.
Fresh ingredients and a menu that (sort of) changes with the seasons. Their desserts are always delicious.
The menu here changes almost daily, so be prepared if a dish you ate before isn't there. But that can be a plus, too. I tried the trout that was amazing, the spicy pork ribs and Caesar Brussel sprout salad were great, too. Try 2-3 small plates per person.
Josef Centeno's popular, lively downtown hotspot was made famous by it's rich "bacos" (sandwiches) that are filled with fried shrimp, oxtail or other specialties, but the ample menu also has flatbreads, vegetable dishes and larger items that require guests to come hungry and often.
With a large selection of small plates, the Baco is your first order but should be followed by chicken liver pate and a cocktail or two!
The original baco is the way to go. Fluffy grilled flat bread with pork and beef carnitas smeared with of sauce. They also have a great selection of vegetable dishes that are just as good as their meaty selections. A baco and a glass of wine, yes please.
Great, unique food, but make a reservation and/or be prepared to wait for a table.
We recently ate at Baco Mercat our last night in Los Angeles. I saw that it was rated #1 on Trip Advisor, so I convinced my wife we should give it a try. We got there around 6:45 pm on a weekday, and were promptly seated at the bar. No tables were available at that time, so if you want one make sure to get a reservation a few days in advance
One of the best in LA. Bacos are awesome, and so is most of the menu.
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