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Is Baco Mercat really this bad?

overpriced and overrated come to mind.

prodded by a staff, I recently went back for vegetables (cuz I am not eating oily gorditas or fried flat bread stuffed with more fat). Indeed the vegetables are the only edible dishes, and even some are still mad misses.

what I find most hilarious is a bowl of stir fried (roasted, whatever) romanesco with really odd flavors) can go for $12, and the "fry everything" method of cooking produces majority of vegetables hits (doesn't it always?). Yes, the beets in yogurt is tasty enough, but really, it's a beet salad with some nuts. I'll eat beets if you peel/roast it.

straying from the veggie, the boquerones is probably the grossest fish so far this year -- fried breaded pickled anchovies topped with honey. gag was apparently the flavor profile, not the Spanish tapa. he worst offense of was that bowl of meat noodle soup. it was salted beyond belief and for half the money, 10 better bowls of Chinese beef noodle soup can be found all over SGV.

Coincidentally, the last meals at Jitlada and Baco ran up similar ticket prices, but I left the downtown culinary annoyance hungry and way more sober. At least it was a bit better than Ama. What happened to Centenos of Lot 1 (dinner, not lunch).

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  1. I'm pretty sure you will get some naysayers though not me.

    1. Sucks that you had that experience. I tried Baco Mercat for the first time 2 weeks ago along with some friends for lunch and it was wonderful. Maybe that's because it was 2:00pm on a Saturday but it was pretty chill and the food was great.

      I do agree that the baco's are pretty oily but damn, it's up in my alley

      1. You're fucking wrong.

        It's actually worse. Much.

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          I agree.

          Terrible spot.

          Nuff said.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            The bacos are the only decent thing there and not all of them are good. Honestly I can't force myself to support the place as much as I do want to like it.

            Find me at Badmaash instead any day of the week at least they know how to make use of the Asian/Middle Eastern spices.

            1. re: Johnny L

              How's the tikka masala poutine? Certainly sounds like an interesting twist on the dish.

              1. re: Servorg

                Its awesome, perfectly cooked chicken and the owners are Canucks so they know their poutinr.

              2. re: Johnny L

                I've been pimping Badmaash for a bit now. Glad I'm not the only fan here.

                As to Baco Mercat, what makes it even more frustrating about the place is that you feel like there's so much potential there that's gone to waste. Like that child prodigy who decides to become a Meth addict.

              3. re: ipsedixit

                I tried one of their sandwiches, took a few bites, thought it tasted odd and opened it up and it was filled with pieces of fat. I lost my appetite after that.

                1. re: bringiton

                  This was my experience as well, bringiton. We went when they first opened and I am sorry to see that those sandwiches are still filled with fat. It was really gross.

                  Furthermore, our server was "on" something...his orbit was not near the planet Earth. Consequently, service was on his time...very, v e r y s l o w.

                  1. re: liu

                    Could not agree more. Fat on a bun and bad service.

                    1. re: Thor123

                      Yep. Not a fan either.

                      But to each his or her own.

              4. Weird. I've had nothing but good food there in about 1/2-dozen trips. I lean vegetarian when I eat there and usually eat at the bar. I do agree that many items are overprices but the baco are not.

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                1. re: estnyboer

                  What items do you feel are overpriced?

                  I usually feel like they're pretty much average, or below. I mean, looking at their veggie plate prices, they seem about the same as, say, Gjelina's. No?

                2. I finally went there for the first time, prepared to be disappointed because of this thread. Both my Other Palate and I totally loved it. We had the carpaccio, the hamachi and tater-tottish thing, the brussels sprouts, and split a short rib baco. All delightful. She wants to go back immediately.

                  Only drag was, we were happy to find a full bar, but then they weirdly only have two vodkas available, and crappy ones at that. WTF?

                  Fortunately, we discovered Bar 137 a half block away.

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                  1. re: jesstifer

                    quick Q: where exactly is this "Bar 137"? I know half a block away there are.. Lash and the Must.

                          1. re: kevin

                            Kind of place Bukowski would love ;-)

                            1. re: Seasa

                              yeah, it looks like it.

                              i passed that joint all the time and it looks like it's at the bottom of an SRO hotel down there in the historic core.

                              if i'm not mistaken, of course.