The Mercantile on Sunset in Hollywood is the type of restaurant that feels like it's been there for years.
The staff is friendly and easily engage in conversation with customers. What's more, they also talk amongst themselves, as if they actually like working together (surprisingly, a rarity these days).
The Mercantile has a casual vibe, with decor to match. Every thing's not in pristine order. Thankfully. On the contrary, it feels lived in (already), functional, real. Take the deli case, for example, piled high with cheeses, no fancy stylist put it together.
Not that I have anything against pristine gourmet markets, "in" for the past few years. The Mercantile is doing it a little bit different though. It feels like a neighborhood hangout with top quality eats, to take out or eat in, including shelves of gourmet grub to stock the cupboards for a rainy day.
There's zero pretention at The Mercantile. .. what a relief.
And a passion for good food. I had the Soup of the Day, a Cranberry bean, chunky croutons, cheese and a bitter green, kale perhaps. The white blob you see in the bowl is a poached egg.
The Mercantile's soup warmed me up; perfectly satisfying on a cold day. For dessert I bought some Morning Glory Confections, Chai Tea & Cashew Artisan Brittle. I savored it for the rest of the day. Ahh... satisfaction.
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