EDITOR’S NOTE: Dorsey resident and foodie Jeff Jones has been chronicling his experiences at local eateries on his blog, “Eating Out with Jeff Jones,” since 2015. Occasionally, Jones likes to share some of his thoughts on local restaurants with the readers of The Itawamba County Times. He can be found every day at eatingoutwithjeffjones.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/eatingoutwithjeffjones.

 If you’re “seasoned” like me, you’ll remember this location as Maxcy’s Pool hall back in the 80’s. My memories aren’t even about games of pool, but where I spent hours just hanging out with friends after school. My favorite foods they offered at the local hangout were microwaved cheeseburgers and peach Nehi in glass bottles. Ahhh…GOOD TIMES!

Fast forward a few decades to present, the location is now home to Gaither Mercantile and The Merc Café.

Within their walls, you’ll find a variety of vendors and booths with clothing, handmade décor and more to suit most anyone’s taste from Gaither Mercantile.

The Merc Café offers a calming space where you can pickup a quick bite for lunch or eat in for a relaxing break with some ultimate comfort foods prepared by The Merc crew!

When you arrive, just head to the counter and place your order, pay, then have a seat at the bar or one of the many eclectic tables. I actually loved the different seating areas with mismatched chairs! It reminds me of my various coffee mugs at home, none are the same but enjoy them all depending on my mood.

Their menu includes sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads, loaded baked potatoes, Ruth Manor chicken salad, pimento and cheese, homemade sweet treats, daily specials, and more!

During this visit, my daughter had the BLT wrap with chips, and I requested the BBQ Potato. Plus, chicken enchilada soup and pasta salad.

The BBQ Potato was HUGE and delicious! The temp was perfect, loaded with butter, sour cream, shredded cheese, and topped with pulled pork and BBQ sauce. Since I’d never seen one of their potatoes, I was concerned if it would be enough food for my large appetite. Turns out I didn’t need any additional sides, but glad we got to sample more of The Merc’s homemade goodness!

I did get a taste of my daughter’s BLT Wrap. This was no small serving either. Packed with well prepared bacon and just the right mixture of lettuce and tomato to compliment the bacon, which is always the real star of the show!

This was an extremely casual and laid back first contact. They are more than happy to prepare a meal for one or for an entire office of hungry employees. Just give them a ring and they’ll have it ready to go!

The Merc Café is open Monday through Friday from 10:30am till 2:00pm. Check both Gaither Mercantile and The Merc Café Facebook pages for updated hours and specials! See y’all there!

Happy trails!

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