408 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
Photo courtesy of Dylan + Jeni
Fri - Sun 11:30am - 3pm
Sun 5pm - 10pm
Mon - Thur 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5:30pm - 11pm
Fri, Sat 5:30pm - 12am
Flavorful Fusions at Bäco MercatThere is a first for everything and prior to dining at Bäco Mercat, I had never had spaghetti squash. Having tried it elsewhere since, I never want to have it anywhere else again. While spaghetti squash may not currently be on their rotating menu, there is no place you'd rather eat any of the seasonal ingredients that chef Josef Centeno decides to magically transform. The fresh veggie plates are great for sharing—and while their signature flatbread-meets-taco sandwich "bäcos" aren't as easy to split, ordering a variety and trading bites is a great way to sample their diverse flavors. They put just as much care into their cocktails and their homemade vinegar-based sodas. Their savory tomato-basil soda was another tastebud "first" during my visit, and will certainly not be my last—especially because you can buy select flavors bottled to go.