@mercertavern has undoubtedly cemented itself as a place to have a great time over the years, but one aspect of it that has been less known as the food. Once I caught wind that @chefdavidleeder was revamping the menu, and @lilscrubs21 was also at the helm it is needless to say that was pretty excited and had to check it out. Pictured here is the Hot Chicken Sandwich. Fried Chicken, ‘Nduja Sausage Butter, Jalapeño Pickles, Slaw and Cheddar. The first thing to note with this sandwich is just how crispy but how unbelievably juicy the chicken was. It literally almost melted in your mouth and was undeniably flavourful. The Calabrian spice and meaty flavour from the ‘Nduja Butter really took this over the top giving this Hot Chicken Sandwich another dimension altogether and a unique but incredibly delicious flavour profile you typically don’t get in a sandwich like this. The house made jalapeño pickles added such a nice tang and further crunch to the sandwich with the slaw adding the right amount of freshness to the mix. The Cheddar Cheese was a nice compliment to the flavours overall with some nice sharpness. The bun held up well throughout all of this, and the fries were perfectly crispy and nicely salted without being greasy. This was a phenomenal sandwich quite frankly and a superb showcase of technique and ingredients! It was recommended to me that I shouldn’t leave without the Mini Cake Doughnuts, which were served with Cinnamon Sugar, and Dulce De Leche Caramel. Brought out piping hot, these had a wonderful pillowy texture to them with some nice cinnamon flavour. The Dulce de Leche Caramel was indulgently satisfying adding a beautiful, creamy caramel flavour to the dish. While I was full before dessert, I couldn’t help but to scarf all of these down. They were really delicious! Add a @blindmanbrewery Longshadows IPA to the mix and you have a great meal overall. I was extremely impressed with this meal I have to say. The same creativity and passion Chef David Leeder brought to Woodwork is definitely evident in what I had that night and throughout the entire menu and no doubt will continue to be awesome with Noah at the helm. I definitely will be back again soon!