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Bäco Mercat

Bäco Mercat

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Gastropub$$$$
Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles
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  • kim g.
    kim gDecember 24, 2012
    Everything was amazing! Our waiter was on top if it! Knew exactly what we needed and was always checkin in on us! The food had so much flavor and the desserts were heavenly! My advice, eat everything!
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 30, 2013
    Chef Josef Centeno stretches his baco-wings to cover brunch too. His yeasted waffle and dry-cured ham plate are an excellent pair. The breakfast baco is also good for the hair of the dog.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyFebruary 27, 2015
    Get the original bäco with pork, beef carnitas & salbitxada or the famous chicken “ribs” with cucumber, sesame &cardamom, which are available until midnight on Fri + Sat, 11pm, Mon-Thurs + 10pm on Sun Read more
  • Alice H.
    Alice HuMarch 9, 2015
    Everything is so good here. Service is fantastic too! Wide selection of veggie tapas- eggplant and cauliflower were favorites. Sea bass and ravioli (pictured) were amazing as well.
  • Justin O.heart icon on user image
    Justin OrdovezaMarch 5, 2015
    Wonderfully inventive sandwich combinations, these flat bread sandwiches are pretty substantial. The Beef tongue schnitzel is a meaty masterpiece. It's a great way to introduce someone to beef tongue.
  • Adrian P.heart icon on user image
    Adrian PhillipsOctober 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The vegetable small plates are fantastic. The bäco's though are just amazing. The Pesco bäco is my personal favorite. The soft shell crab one (usually in the summer) is a treat. Order a cocktail too.
  • Saleh A.heart icon on user image
    Saleh AAugust 10, 2016
    The okra with yogurt is amaaaazing . The zaatar sumac labnih appetizer is out of this world. The waiter is very friendly. The baco's according to my brothers are amazing. I loved it overall ❤️
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyJanuary 29, 2016
    Be it a smoky romesco on a veggie-driven flatbread or a yellowtail collar with yuzu koshu and walnut viniaigrette, something at Bäco Mercat will get you, and get you good. Read more
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesJune 4, 2013
    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. Read more
  • Alex M.heart icon on user image
    Alex MoskalyukOctober 1, 2017
    Fabulous place with entire dinner menu very adventurous and inventive. If L.A. had a Michelin star guide, Baco would get a star or two
  • Omari A.heart icon on user image
    Omari AllenFebruary 16, 2018
    This is a perfect spot to dine with friends or simply treat yourself to a moderately-priced, delicious lunch. The Jerk Bäco is packed with flavour. 👌🏾 I didn't want to end. 😩
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyAugust 4, 2014
    The menu 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. Read more
  • Franco C.heart icon on user image
    Franco CalizFebruary 11, 2015
    Strange, strange drinks with the assurance that they are also very good house made one. New bitters a wide selection of drinks and smart bartenders. Don't forget great food. The bacos are legit.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMarch 18, 2015
    Be it a smoky romesco on a veggie-driven flat bread or a whole roasted chicken with saffron honey, something at Bäco Mercat will get you, and get you good. Read more
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedMay 6, 2016
    "Folded inside chef Josef Centeno's delightfully soft and slightly chewy flat bread, the fava fritter (think falafel) is crispy on the outside and soft and moist within."- Nathan Lyon Read more
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesAugust 3, 2014
    The menu here reads almost like a graduate exam in culinary post-structuralism, mixing flavors and structures from Spain, France and western China, and Mexico and Peru. Read more
  • Alainheart icon on user image
    AlainDecember 22, 2015
    Fabulous food, the mix of styles, just unbelievable. I never had Brussels sprouts like here anywhere else, a real delight! Guys, do me a favor, open one in Antwerp!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 29, 2014
    Chef Josef Centeno's first solo venture, this buzzing space turns out uniquely international plates for dinner, and casual sandwiches for lunch. 3 stars.
  • Megan R.
    Megan RichApril 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They gotta bring the Inca Punch back! Best things here are their veggies--squash blossoms, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, potato salad. Also: hamachi , and all the pizzas. I want to eat here every day.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMarch 18, 2015
    They've reinvented the sandwich (or is it a taco? A wrap?) in the form of a bäco, a flatbread/pita arrangement that smooshes soft bread with tangy sauce with meaty meat. Read more
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SalehMarch 18, 2013
    The oxtail bäco is complex, hearty, and delicious. Plus, it pairs almost perfectly with the speedball, a wonderful concoction consisting of aged rum, cold-press coffee, and cinnamon.
  • Sean B.heart icon on user image
    Sean BesserFebruary 4, 2013
    I don't know how to describe this fusion place, but it is a MUST try. Their baco's (which are an SE Asia influenced sandwich) are amazing and something I find myself craving all the time.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousSeptember 22, 2014
    Opt for chef Josef Centeno's seasonal vegetable-driven fare like blistered okra with tomato and basil or the now-legendary "caesar" brussels sprouts. Read more
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    Doug de WetAugust 7, 2015
    When peaches are in season, their Peaches and Goat Cheese salad is tangy, sweet, and refreshing; it's an all around great dish.
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    KatJanuary 29, 2015
    An explosion of tastes in my mouth. The shishito and kale, and the cauliflower, are fantastic. Be prepared for picante if you get the pesco bäco, in a good way.
  • Yuval Z.heart icon on user image
    Yuval ZukermanJune 16, 2018
    Terrific interesting food. Great service and cocktails. Go for the pork shoulder and NY steak.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 30, 2012
    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]
  • Rebecca P.heart icon on user image
    Rebecca PruzanApril 5, 2013
    Great food, cool vibe and the sweetest staff. I brought my 8 months old baby and the hostess really did everything to make it easy. The Caesar brussel sprouts and hamachi crudo rocked my plate: FTW!
  • Jenn W.
    Jenn WongOctober 7, 2013
    The "Slayer" for the win and a close second was the oxtail sandwich (baco) and the beef tongue baco was also bomb. Also loved the vinegar shrubs at the bar.
  • Stephen S.heart icon on user image
    Stephen SheppardApril 13, 2019
    Baco bread with eggplant and mini chicken schnitzels were delicious! Happy hour wine was very good. This is a great place.
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesMarch 6, 2012
    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. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 9, 2012
    n addition to the bäco expect a bevy of seasonally inspired plates, craft beer, boutique wine, modern cocktails, and house-made sodas.
  • Adrian P.heart icon on user image
    Adrian PhillipsFebruary 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Went last night (2/16/15) and they have added a fried chicken Baco to the menu. Always been a fan of Chef Centeno's fried chicken so this does not disappoint (it's huge).
  • Simple F.heart icon on user image
    Simple FoodieDecember 18, 2014
    Hamachi Crudo, Patatas Bravas, Sunchoke, Bazole, Original, Toron & the best ever - the Cauliflower. Best Cauliflower in the city.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMarch 18, 2015
    The rest of the menu darts all over the globe, and reveals more about Chef Josef Centeno’s point of view than it adheres to any particular trend or style. Read more
  • Doug d.heart icon on user image
    Doug de WetSeptember 1, 2014
    The caramelized cauliflower and el pesco baco are texture filled, flavorful, cravable, and satisfying.
  • Kyle D.
    Kyle DeWittAugust 27, 2012
    Who cares if this place is a hipster suck - food is amazing and the beer even better. Get the original bäco with a brown ale and enjoy the clowns wearing vintage everything.
  • Natalie N.heart icon on user image
    Natalie NoblittFebruary 27, 2014
    The hamachi crudo and lace battered squash blossoms are fantastic! Really can't go wrong with any of the small plates or baco.
  • DowntownLA.com
    DowntownLA.comAugust 31, 2012
    "You can find exactly what you’re looking for just within a few blocks – AND have the train take you home" – Check out Tatevik Simonian's bar crawl @ http://www.ThisIsMyDowntown.com/Tatevik-Simonian
  • Isabel Z.heart icon on user image
    Isabel ZhongOctober 1, 2018
    Had three kinds of veggie dishes plus soft shell crab,amazing distinguishing flavors,yum yum in my tum tum!
  • Los Angeles magazine
    Ragù is subbed with beef bírria on papardelle. Fried shrimp arrive with heads on, ideal for popping. Chicken thighs are cut into “ribs” and slathered with Szechuan sauce. Read more
  • Cooper B.heart icon on user image
    Cooper Barrier BaileyMarch 20, 2014
    Wow... An epic letdown! Didn't come close to living up to all the hype! Service gets a 1.0 out of 5 (Alexis was great and that got the 1point) and the food gets a 3.9 out of 5 for a total score 2.49.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyFebruary 27, 2015
    Chef Josef Centeno's flatbread sandwich, bäcos, are worth eating any time of day. Read more
  • Edward F.
    Edward ForteAugust 16, 2015
    Nice for a lunch, tasty food from Flatbread and sandwiches. Desserts could be better but overall good food
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroDecember 7, 2012
    You must try the Crispy Pork Belly Baco! One of the best food inventions ever! Will definitely be coming back soon.
  • Sarah P.
    Sarah PharesJuly 16, 2015
    The menu is organized around these flatbread sandwiches, but there are lots of good dishes to share. (from a friend)
  • Cordelia M.heart icon on user image
    Cordelia MartinezSeptember 14, 2019
    Sourdough is so good! Get the dip and the Caesar Brussel Sprouts and the Cauliflower
  • Pete H.
    Pete HamillNovember 21, 2013
    Place is amazing!! Any of the Baco sandwiches are great. Everytime I'm in downtown LA I try to stop in.
  • Alyssa P.heart icon on user image
    Alyssa PriceJuly 13, 2013
    Try the house made vinegar sodas. You won't regret it. Tomato Basil pictured.
  • Stephen H.heart icon on user image
    Stephen HorelSeptember 15, 2013
    Limited menu 3-5. The Baco is amazing. Seats around 50. Great service - good vibe - amazing food
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