Bäco Mercat

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Details
408 S Main St (at 4th St)
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 687-8808
Gastropub
$ $ $
Hours
Mon–Thu: 11:30 AM–2:30 PM Fri: 11:30 AM–3:00 PM Sat: 5:30 PM–Midnight Sun: 11:30 AM–3:00 PM

Chef Josef Centeno’s Bäco Mercat in the Old Bank district of Los Angeles is funky and fresh  restaurant that serves a menu that spans Western and Eastern-Mediterranean influences. There are small and big plates, big plate specials including the likes of whole-roasted New Zealand snapper, 16-ounce beef ribeye, bone-in lamb steak, confit half duck, and 32-ounce pork porterhouse, with an option of a fixed, family-style menu served to parties of 7 or more. But you’re going to have to try at least two signature dishes the first time you visit: the “bäzole”, described by LA Weekly’s Amy Scattergood as “a sort of Vietnamese play on posole, engendered by the bäco”, the bäco being the “taco-gyro-pizza that the chef invented once for a staff meal” at his other restaurant Meson G. The original bäco (a kind of flatbread sandwich) featured crispy pork belly and beef carnitas with caraway pepper, but they’re now made with pork, beef, poultry, seafood, and yes, vegetables. You may as well go directly to the big one though, “The Slayer,” which features pork belly, beef carnitas, mozzarella, and tomato, and if you want to go all the way, a fried egg.

 

 

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Foursquare Tips

  • Named Best New Restaurant - 2012 by LA weekly food editor Amy Scattergood! Click to read the full review.
  • ...the menu at Bco Mercat reads almost like a graduate exam in culinary poststructuralism, mixing flavors... ~Jonathan Gold
  • With an inventive menu, smart urban setting and late-night hours, Bco Mercat already feels like a fixture in downtown L.A. The food is gutsy and delicious and the prices are moderate.
  • B'ozole.. B'ozole.. B'OZOLE FTMFW!! So spicy good.. Uh huh huuuuuuh *drool*
  • Go for the Bco, 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.
  • In addition to the bco expect a bevy of seasonally inspired plates, craft beer, boutique wine, modern cocktails, and house-made sodas. [Eater 38 Member]
  • You must try the Crispy Pork Belly Baco! One of the best food inventions ever! Will definitely be coming back soon.
  • Food snob alert: this place will let you down. Disjointed flavors, lackluster ambience, weird minimalist decor. If you like exciting, exotic food and you're coming from NYC, don't come here.
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  • Try the house sodas...they're vinegar based and it's not for everyone but take the challenge
  • The panna cotta. Good god, the panna cotta.
  • The Original Another Favorite.
  • 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.
  • It's better with friends
  • Brussel sprouts!
  • n addition to the bco expect a bevy of seasonally inspired plates, craft beer, boutique wine, modern cocktails, and house-made sodas.
  • Dig into El Pollo and see how the signature sandwich reflects L.A.'s diverse culinary influences.
  • Home of the "baco"the signature flatbread pizza and sandwich
  • Just try it
  • The Fava Fritter & the Caesar brussel sprouts are AMAZING.