By Karen Head

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.

Too busy to cook a nice dinner? They’ve got that covered. Stop by for the French Supper: Roasted Hen, Spring Mix, house vinaigrette, port salut, spiced pecans and Baguette for only $19.99 (Serves 4). Those roasted hens are organic and locally raised.

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.

Visit Karen Head’s blog, Poetic Acts in a Digital World, to find out more about her poetry.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

2 replies on “What’s Good: The Mercantile”

  1. I am so startled to read in print what I JUST discovered and told freinds last week: the Mercantile’s frozen baguette! Virtually indistiguishable from one you would find in a Parisian boulangerie, or in Zurich, Stuttgart, Lausanne, or any other European city. She sold me one right out of the freezer with warming instructions. 20 minutes later, I shut my eyes and wondered why the HELL I had not known that the city’s best baguette was 5 minutes away. SO awesome that they’ll even sell them to us frozen. My only fear? That the high end restaurants will discover them and buy them all up! THANKS Mercantile!

  2. I am so startled to read in print what I JUST discovered and told freinds last week: the Mercantile’s frozen baguette! Virtually indistiguishable from one you would find in a Parisian boulangerie, or in Zurich, Stuttgart, Lausanne, or any other European city. She sold me one right out of the freezer with warming instructions. 20 minutes later, I shut my eyes and wondered why the HELL I had not known that the city’s best baguette was 5 minutes away. SO awesome that they’ll even sell them to us frozen. My only fear? That the high end restaurants will discover them and buy them all up! THANKS Mercantile!

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