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- $11 for $20 worth of southern food for two or more, valid for dine-in only
- $15 for $20 worth of southern food, valid for takeout only
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Mert’s Heart and Soul
A single word glows neon outside of Mert’s Heart and Soul: eat. The suggestion is hardly necessary. James Bazzelle and his wife Renee opened Mert's more than a decade ago, and in the years since, they've solidified their reputation as the neighborhood's spot for Southern, Low Country, and Gullah-inspired cuisine.
Fried chicken, collard greens, and shrimp and grits all make appearances in the restaurant's warm dining room, where old photos hang on caramel-colored walls. James, Renee, and their team also cook up brunch on the weekends—but the undisputed star of Mert's is the cornbread. Served hot, the bread's cake-like texture has earned it countless fans, television appearances, and potentially, its own late-night talk show.
The magic behind this bread—and the rest of the menu—comes from James' and Renee's willingness to experiment with classic recipes. Their cornbread turns extra fluffy because they add mayonnaise, for example, and their signature salmon cakes get their zest from homemade remoulade sauce.