6241 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Carmichael, CA 95608 916-283-4081
Mushrooms. Walnuts. Pomegranate seeds. Mashed potatoes. Can this really be Mexican food? Welcome to Mesa Mercado, which opened in 2016 in Carmichael’s Milagro Centre. Owner Ernesto Delgado’s market-to-table concept restaurant celebrates Mexico’s historic cuisine with menu items that showcase authentic fare seldom seen north of the border, such as the chile en nogada, a roasted poblano chile stuffed with raisin-studded ground beef and pork, blanketed with walnut crema and sprinkled with bright red pomegranate seeds, which serves as a colorful homage to the Mexican flag; a chicken mole negro redolent of sultry, roasty nuttiness, bright acidity and mild heat; and the sopa de hongos, a memorable, mellow mushroom soup that is equal parts umami and sweet. Toast Mexico with the house margarita, finished with chile on the rim, or the Pepino Picante, a margarita with muddled cucumber and mezcal. The interior brims with design flourishes, like a black-and-white-tiled bar that hearkens to the dining scene in Mexico City, and bold lettering above the open kitchen that reads: “A religious food experience.” Amen.
Offering: Outdoor Seating