Back to The Baco
The bäco is a big, pita-esque, taco-like flatbread. It’s Chef Josef Centeno’s take on the Spanish coca – a dish resembling a crispy thin pizza.
Centeno used the bäco bread as a platform for his signature sandwich aka the original bäco – crispy pork belly and beef carnitas with caraway pepper. Since that time when he opened in 2011, chef Centeno has been working hard to create a whole range of delicious dishes comprised of only the finest ingredients.
Baco Mercat restaurant gets its meat and poultry from producers who treat their animals humanely, and who abstain from using bovine growth hormones and antibiotics when raising them. The fruits and vegetables used in the kitchen come from local South California markets, and they are always as fresh as one could hope.
Food and drink have always been an issue of subjective nature. What one individual likes, another will hate. Flavors, textures, scents – ultimately, it is a matter of taste. On the other hand, it is hard to argue with success. Since its inception, Bäco Mercat has earned much acclaim from patrons and publications alike. LA Weekly went so far as to include it on its list of top 10 sandwiches in Los Angeles.
Come One Come All, Vegetarian Friendly.
Whether you arrive for brunch, lunch, or dinner; whether you are a meat-eater or vegetarian – chances are very good that you will find a dish which you will order and genuinely love. Because the dishes are served mainly in tapas style, you get the chance to sample a wide range of dishes, and get the most value for your dollar. The dishes coming out of the kitchen may seem deceptively small at a glance, but make no mistake – they definitely pack a lot more than they appear.
The innovation and creativity which chef Centeno and his staff exhibit is reminiscent of that quality usually reserved for fine dining establishments. It’s that ability to think and cook outside the box, and create a dining experience that is greater than the sum of its parts.
The décor, the menu, the unique cocktails, the general ambiance – it all comes together so nicely, it’s no surprise the place is packed on a regular basis. The serving staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and they will answer any questions you may have about the menu. And, if you are like me, you will have questions.
Bäco Mercat LA is a self-described “neighborhood restaurant”, and it certainly lives up to that name. It manages to provide you with an extraordinary dining experience, without being too pretentious.
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