Bäco Mercat, Downtown LA. Photo Shoot for Bon Appetit.com and Food & Wine.com


A few weeks ago, I was stoked to get a text from one of my favorite chefs in LA, Josef Centeno of Bäco Mercat, formerly at the Lazy Ox Canteen, Lot 1 Cafe and Opus. He asked me to come in and photograph some of his dishes and interior for some upcoming features in BonAppetit.com and Food & Wine.com. Hmm, let me get back to you on that Josef. Jeni and I came in the next day and we did what I usually do at any restaurant – take photos. The time of the day was nice, the large windows provided some of God’s best free lighting and the food was of course, going to be delicious and colorful as always. The only major complaint one can have when shooting food for a chef is – how in the world we’re going to eat all that food we shoot?  There’s no way that food will be served nor would you dare toss that food out. We photographed about eight dishes, including one large roast chicken that we thankfully did not have to eat  – it would have been overload! The shoot went really well, with a very happy Chef Centeno and a couple of happy photographers contributing to some of America’s best food publications/websites. Here are some of the shots from the shoot. I’ll post a live link as soon as it’s live. And if you haven’t eaten at Bäco Mercat, you must. Also, by October 2012, Chef Centeno will be launching his Tex-Mex concept, Bar Amá (in honor of his Grandma in San Antonio, Texas). Thanks for reading!


Happy diners. We love sitting at the bar.

Heirloom Tomatoes and Fresh Corn

Sautéed Baby Octopus with English Shelling Peas and Parsley

Sugar Snap Peas, Grapefruit and Burrata

Braised Lamb & Spinach Pasta

Grilled Mexican Green Onions with Romesco

Oxtail “Toro” Bäco

Hamachi, Avocado Mousse and Hash “Rounds”

Bäco Mercat Roast Chicken

9 Responses to “Bäco Mercat, Downtown LA. Photo Shoot for Bon Appetit.com and Food & Wine.com”

  1. Food GPS Says:

    Great shots, and congrats on what will no doubt be awesome exposure.

  2. Ankur Says:

    Even for a ahole vege like myself, I LOVE this place.

    Always good food, drinks, and a staff that does their work well.

  3. Marta @ What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today? Says:

    OMG, all this food looks just amazing.

  4. Dylan Says:

    Josh, thank you! You like Bäco Mercat too right? Ankur, I know! Veggies can eat here too. Jeni and I actually end up ordering mainly vegetables and seafood – rarely meat. Marta, thanks if you’re in LA, definitely have dinner/lunch here.

  5. Chloe Says:

    Wow! Amazing photos. I moved to LA recently and I’ve been meaning to check this place out. The grilled onions with romesco look particularly delicious.

  6. Hannah Says:

    Great post! I’m going with friends this Thursday! Cannot wait!

  7. weezermonkey Says:

    So thrilled for you, Jeni, and Josef!!! :D

  8. Gastronomer Says:

    Beautiful work, Dylan. I hope to cross this place off my list soon.

  9. Dylan Says:

    Hi Cathy! Thank you. There’s a lot of great food here. If you were a fan of Lazy Ox, then you’ll probably enjoy the food here too.

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