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Patricio Sandoval has a hit on his hands with Mercadito, a market food-focused concept that's already spawned three New York locations. Now he's trying his hand in River North, where both the vibe and the food, a winning taco-and-tequila combination, are similar to Mercadito's New York outposts. Expect a mix of lounge, bar and communal seating in a cantina-inspired space and a menu of ceviches, gourmet tacos and sharable snacks, or botanas, plus a tightly edited selection of larger dishes inspired by the flavors of Southern Mexico. The bar stocks tequila almost exclusively (there's also a small beer list), but you won't want for options, as the stuff makes its way into a variety of creative cocktails cucumbers to chile peppers.