Monday, October 10, 2011

Brunch at The Mercantile

Bloody Marys

I'll say this until the cows come home, but brunch really is my favorite meal of the day. Lately, my new favorite brunch place is The Mercantile in Hollywood. The restaurant is not so new, but I've recently enjoyed some fun brunches that I just had to share.

The Spring Veggie Hash ($12) is so beautiful and delicious. You feel virtuous eating asparagus and pea tendrils, but don't be fooled. The poached eggs, meyer lemon hollandaise, and home fries make this pretty decadent. It's a great way to start your morning.

Spring Veggie Hash

My friend enjoyed the Black Kale Salad with Chili-Citrus Vinaigrette, Feta, and Oranges ($10.50). For an additional charge, she got it topped with crab.

Kale Salad with Crab

Yesterday, I went back to get my brunch on. A last minute affair for a dear friend's birthday, we had a lovely time sitting on the patio talking, laughing, reminiscing, and laughing some more. After an unplanned night out, I needed some hair of the dog and some hearty food. My Huevos Rancheros ($11) fit the bill. This is an interesting take on the dish with a quesadilla filled with chorizo, queso Oaxaca, and black beans. It's topped with two fried eggs and a creamy chili Manzano salsa.

Huevos Rancheros

No brunch is complete without a cocktail. I really love the Lilosa ($8) which is the same thing as a mimosa, but with grapefruit juice. I prefer the tart grapefruit juice with the bubbly since I find a lot of orange juice to be too sweet.


Service can be a little slow so give yourself plenty of time. It's not hard to spend a few hours gawking at the interesting people walking down Sunset Blvd, having cocktails, and sharing great times with friends.

One year ago: Pesto Quinoa with Tomatoes,Chicken, Arugula, and Red Currants
Two years ago: Pumpkin Swirl Brownies
Three years ago: Shrimp Fried Rice

The Mercantile
6600 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 962-8202

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vanillasugarblog said...

Oh I've heard of that place. Lucky you (I know I always say that). Good weather and brunch outside, what better way to enjoy the weekend?

Lucy Lean said...

I love brunch too - I'm not a huge fan of the Mercantile - had a bad salad there and the service sucks - I guess I should give it another shot?

Erica said...

So its settled ! When I finally get out there -we're going to brunch. And I'm getting that kale salad with crab (amazing!)

marla {family fresh cooking} said...

All those runny eggs....swoon :)

Let Me Eat Cake said...

i would have never thought of Mercantile as a brunch spot! i'm going to have to check it out. love that they use grapefruit instead of orange juice - lilosa is right up my alley :)

Georgia Pellegrini said...

Wow, this looks like an amazing brunch. I'll have to try it!

Joanne said...

I love brunch when there are exciting options to be had and this place looks like it fits the bill!

angela@spinachtiger said...

I love brunch food for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. I'm sold on the first dish. Brunch is one of those things where I like to splurge, lounge and relax. (and yet you don't spend a fortune.). I"m so jealous of all the fun restaurants you have out there with amazing food.