Mercadito blends traditional Mexican fare with creative interpretations of local and seasonal ingredients.
Spanish for "little market," the restaurant is modeled after the markets chef/partner Patricio Sandoval shopped at while growing up in his native Mexico.
The menu, with dishes designed for sharing, starts out with freshly prepared ceviches, guacamoles and salsas. A variety of tacos with homemade corn tortillas are available including chicken, pork, fish and steak.
The menu also includes taquizas -- make-your-own tacos served with homemade corn tortillas. The costillas de res features incredibly tender red wine-braised short ribs served with cauliflower-turnip casserole. Other choices include the mariscada with shrimp, octopus and grilled calamari.
There are also a variety of large plates including carne asada, chile relleno, enchiladas and an adobo marinated red snapper.
Drinks and an extensive tequila list complement the food. Choose from a traditional margarita, beer and wine. There are also creative cocktail options like the refreshing White Stripe, featuring Russian standard vodka, fresh lemon juice, cucumber and cumin salt.
The 5,500-square-foot Mercadito features a main dining room with festive artwork and a large indoor/outdoor lounge. Specials include Taco Tuesday with two tacos for $5.50 and a happy hour Monday - Thursday from 4 - 6 p.m. in the bar. Happy hour offers $5 margaritas and sangria, $6 guacamole and ceviche and more.