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Let's Do Lunch: Mercantile

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So often, lunch is the unsung hero of the dining out world. Dinner is when we go out to relax, to celebrate, to convene; breakfast is a necessary evil or a weekend indulgence. And sure, we eat lunch--we brown bag, we meet friends, we "grab something," or we take a lunch meeting. But there are some great lunches to be had in this town, and we want to celebrate the midday meal. So, let's do lunch, shall we?

It wasn't long after Mercantile, Hollywood's wine bar and French marketplace-style restaurant, opened up late last year that we fell hard for its high brick walls, smart pours of well-priced wines, and thoughtful dishes. Dinnertime there is a time for the pleasant humming din of patrons sharing a bottle of wine, maybe tucking into hearty comfort fare like French Onion Soup and Chicken Pot Pie. During the bright light of day, however, Mercantile holds up a great spot to have a satisfying lunch.