Mercadito Counter

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Mexican Milkshakes and Hot Dogs in River North

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Today, we bring news of peace and reconciliation in this strife-torn world.

A truce has been formally declared in the long-standing battle between whether you should... have a hot dog or something more Mexican-ish for lunch.

The peacemaker: Mercadito Counter, a new purveyor of cross-cultural savories that will vastly improve your quick-lunching options, hoping to open tomorrow night in River North. (See the slideshow here.)

The name Mercadito carries a lot of weight with you. You love what they’ve done with lobster tacos and flaming cocktails at their eponymous flagship. You’ve appreciated their efforts in the paella arts at Tavernita.

Here, though, it’s just an easy afternoon setup. A real timber-and-folk-art bric-a-brac kind of place. Order at the counter, take a seat and think about how your Instagram feed will play out when you post The Mexican—a bacon-wrapped hot dog with jalapeño relish.

See, it’s a menu of tacos, hot dogs with Mexican twists, short rib burgers and chilaquiles whenever you damn well please (check it out here).

It’ll be a while before the liquor license comes through, so you won’t know immediately if one of the six Mexican milkshakes (like the Spicechata with morita chili) will benefit from a splash of tequila or not.

The suspense is killing you.

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