Last night (hier soir) dinner took place at a (relatively) new place in Hollywood, The Mercantile.
Opened last November by restaurateur George Abou-Daoud (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 I did, it’s simple to find free street parking at all the meters. But after that, it’s $5 for valet.
I got there a few minutes before Paula and snapped some pictures of the tres chic interior.
Apparently, the lunch vibe is very different from the dinner one. The menu totally changes …
… I didn’t witness anyone picking up to-go items from their stocked pantry and deli cases…
…and the wine drinking begins!
I was in a sandwich mood so I ordered one of the three that made 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:
I loved this place! I definitely want to come back for lunch/brunch sometime and check out those menus. I 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 stopped by Scoops as well.
Such a sad state of gelato – almost everything was sold out, with not one vegan soy-based option left!
I was pretty weighed down from my creamy dinner so I got the Mango/Pineapple sorbet, which they still had plenty of.
A bite of Abe’s gelato – Cappuccino Vanilla
What foreign language did you study in school?
I learned French from 7th – 11th grade, and as you can see from this post, retained nada (<— woops….and I didn’t even take Spanish).