Sometimes I want to say to friends, “Where have you been?” A sentiment they often make about my blog, but that’s another matter. In this case, however, I wonder how friends have missed the gem on DeKalb Avenue: The Mercantile.
Samantha Enzmann and Janea Boyles have created a delightful oasis of gastronomical yumminess along the edge of Kirkwood and Candler Park.
I’ve been tweeting for a long time about the baguettes here. I’ll put them on par with any I’ve had in Paris, and that is high praise from me. There is a little basket to the right when you enter. There you’ll find this delicious bread (usually still warm) right next to the soup. Speaking of the soup, that’s pretty amazing too, especially the Tomato Orange.
My favorite sandwich is The Druid Hills: Thin sliced roast beef, chipotle mayo and caramelized shallots with spring mix on a grilled hoagie roll. Are you hungry yet? I am!
Vegetarian? Vegan? Try the Cabbagetown: Multigrain bread, peanutbutter, chili paste, apples, raisins, cucumbers and watercress.
There is also a wonderful selection of cheeses and meats at the deli counter. Or, pick up some milk or local organic yogurt.
Finally, I highly recommend joining the Wine Club. Each month Janea selects three great wines – a wonderful way to try new tastes at an incredibily reasonable price.
The Mercantile is at 1660 DeKalb Ave., Suite 150. For more information, check out their website.
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