Housed in an amazing old building with some serious architectural history, Staple and Fancy Mercantile cooks up some seriously delicious food. We splurged on the four course family style meals that relieves the guests of any decision making. The kitchen makes all the choices for you and sends over plate after plate of amazing food. All we had to do was order a bottle of Pinot Noir and wait for the food to arrive. It is the best plan ever, here is surprise and anticipation that is unlike any other dining experience. And not only is it a cure for the indecisive, but we got to try so many ingredients that we would never think to order, or buy and cook ourselves. I am going to stay short on the descriptions, I don't really feel like repeating how amazing everything was cooked, but I will say that this appetizer course really is the best thing I have ever experienced, it was an almost never-ending parade of unique, tasty morsels. It alone proves that Ethan Stowell is absolutely correct when he says, "you really should do this."
Appetizers were to die for, tuna crostini, fried oysters with spicy remoulade sauce, bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, salami and prosciutto, clams with pancetta, garlic and peppers, sushi grade escolar with avocado puree with cucumbers, mozzarella with shallot relish, Treviso salad with anchovy paste and shaved pecorino.
Beef tongue ravioli with hedgehog mushrooms and sage was served as our pasta course, house-made pasta was a given.