Take a Look Inside Mercado, Opening Tomorrow on West Third

Mercado’s Wild local Seabass with cilantro lime rice, Santa Monica Farmers market vegetables topped with a tropical salsa

Mercado owner/operator Jesse Gomez (Yxta) and executive chef/partner Jose Acevedo captured our tastebuds last year to win a coveted spot among Los Angeles magazine’s top 10 favorite restaurants of 2012. The critical and commercial success of their restaurant and bar has given rise to a second location, this time kitty-corner from The Original Farmers Market, near Third and Fairfax. Opening tomorrow, Mercado numero dos mimics the original in food and flair, but expands on things like space and comfort.

Architect Ana Henton outfitted the space, which until a few months ago was (a somewhat appropriately named) Faux Pas Bistro. She removed the kitsch and replaced it with edgy elements like a mural by Los Feliz-based artist Carlos Nieto III. Two fireplaces (one in a sub-level) keep things cozy while a garage door opens the dining room out to the street. A bar in the center of the space glows under twinkly lights against a roof that opens up to the sky. Continue Reading: Click here to view original web page at Take a Look Inside Mercado, Opening Tomorrow on West Third

 

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