Dinner at The Mercantile Wine Bar and Cafe in Hollywood.
Bonjour! Last night (hier soir) dinner took place at a (relatively) new place in Hollywood, The Mercantile.
Opened last November by restaurateur George Abou-Daoud. He owns The Bowery, Delancey, Mission Cantina, District, Tamarind Ave. Deli – all within a mile of each other on the same street. This is his French cafe/wine bar/gourmet market.
If you arrive at exactly 7pm like me, it’s simple to find free street parking at all the meters. But after that, it’s $5 for valet.
I get there a few minutes before Paula Yoo and snap some pictures of the tres chic interior.
Apparently, the lunch vibe is very different from the dinner one. The menu totally changes …
… I don’t witness anyone picking up to-go items from their stocked pantry and deli cases…
…and the wine drinking begins!
I am in a sandwich mood so I order one of the three that make it over to the dinner switch – The Croque Madame.
Ham and Gruyere Cheese melted between two pieces of Country Bread, topped with Bechamel sauce and an ooey gooey Sunnyside Up Egg.
In Junior High School, I practiced ordering this sandwich many times (my favorite part of French class was always discussing the food) but I never actually had one before.
The verdict – OUI.
Gorgeous and simple presentation on Paula’s order – just small bites of lovely, rich food.
Love this place! I definitely want to come back for lunch/brunch sometime and check out those menus. Guess I got so caught up in eating/conversing that I totally forgot my camera! When I got home I called the restaurant, then headed back up to retrieve it (luckily I don’t live too far).
And well…since I was already out and about, I stop by Scoops as well.
Such a sad state of gelato – almost everything was sold out, with not one vegan soy-based option left!
I am pretty weighed down from my creamy dinner so I get the Mango/Pineapple sorbet, which they still have plenty of.
A bite of Abe’s gelato – Cappuccino Vanilla
What foreign language did you study in school?