The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but to make it that far you have to be disguised as baked goods. Don a pastry of affection with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of scones, soups, and salads at Shar Merritt’s Scones and Things in Meridian.
Shar Merritt’s Scones and Things takes a humble fairground dessert to salty, sour, and savory heights. While traditionalists nibble on honey-butter ($3.50), powdered-sugar ($3.50), and fruit-filled scones ($5.50), adventurous eaters can dip a spork or spoonula into a custom Sconewich stuffed to the gills with pulled pork, turkey, or taco fixings ($6.50 each). A soup of the day ($3.50/bowl) alongside tossed, broccoli, or potato salads ($2.50 each) balance out meals and a sizeable chef’s salad ($6.75) comes fenced in by half a dozen breadstick-style scones, dubbed SconeSticks ($3). Patrons can settle into the airy dining room or venture onto the even airier patio to savor bite-sized scone nuggets, good for nibbling humans or overindulging Barbies ($4). To accommodate emergency brunches, Scones and Things sells fresh fry-at-home dough by the pound ($6).