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@ChuckSchultz No need to apologize for liking Merchants. The street-level bistro is one of my go-to spots downtown, a fun and reliable respite on Lower Broad.
It does happen to be a sister restaurant to Catbird Seat and Patterson House.
@John Hardy -- Not yet.
I digitally second that exclamation!
Yes, I love pumpkin, but a lot of "pumpkin" processed foods actually contain no pumpkin at all. Just "pumpkin flavoring." Blech.
Pancake Pantry has good soup specials. It's obviously not what the restaurant is best-known for, but their soups are surprisingly good.
Also, this related to the other topic: The Pantry gets criticism for the long lines on weekends, but the service is pretty efficient and the waitresses are friendly and kind -- and most have been there for years.
Ah, The Catbird Seat, yes. Great service experience. I didn't immediately think of it because it's such a unique experience where you interact directly with the chefs, not waitstaff.
I disagree with Jack about when servers give what he calls a "spiel" about all the ingredients in the dishes and where they come from. I view it as useful information -- why wouldn't I want to know more? -- and a fun, interesting part of the dining experience.
What do you think, Bitesters?
Also I will second all the restaurants Jack mentions for good service. Another place that always makes me feel welcome is Caffe Nonna.
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