So I’ve been asking people around the Charleston area what coffee shops would they recommend I visit and the one that was continuously been mentioned is the mantel & mash. They’re located at the Charleston cigar factory. I have heard it is coffee shop but In the few years I’ve lived in Charleston I’ve never visited it so I dived in head 1st and spent an entire week visiting the place, talking to its employees and sampling different items off of their menu. Here are the results of my excursion. The 1st day I was in a bit of a hurry so all I got was their coffee. When I brought that coffee to class everyone in the room immediately acknowledged how amazing the coffee smelled and wanted to know where I got it from.. your welcome M&M. I gotta say that was some of the best coffee I’ve had in Charleston in the years I’ve lived here. The 2nd day I got into a long conversation with one of the employees and we actually ended up having a lot in common. I asked her what was something on the menu that a new comer should definitely try. She told me their Spicy Chicken Biscuit pictured below.
Holy f^_^!! That was the best damn chicken biscuit I’ve ever eaten in my entire life. It even came with a free bag of potato chips, naturally I picked salt and vinegar.
I honestly wish I could’ve given that girl a hug for recommending something so life changing but I waited until I got home before I tried the biscuit and over the next 3 days she was off. I call the 3rd day The Tragedy of the Everything Bagel. I brought my dog with me and I sat the bagel in the box completely sealed on the seat in my car. On my way back home I had to make a stop. By time I got back to my car 3 minutes later the dog at already gotten into the box and had eaten my Everything Bagel. So on day 4 I went back to Mercantile & Mash to order another Everything Bagel and the guy who served me got a real kick when I told him the story about the one that was sacrificed to my dog according to him this happens to a lot of people. When I received my bagel I ate it in the cafe this time and that bagel was absolutely delicious. Which to be brutally honest I could of made that determination the day before when my dog annihilated the original one. On day 5 I ordered a cinnamon roll with Icing. Like a goober when I got back my car my dog was sitting in my seat so I placed the cinnamon roll still in the box on top of the car to move the dog out of my seat. I put my coffee in the car and without thinking closed the door and drove away. Four blocks later I maded a sharp turn and I hear something screech across the top of my car onto the ground and I’m thinking something hit the top of my car. At 1st I was just going to keep driving the something said check it out so I pulled over, got out, and walked back to what I saw hit the ground and long behold it was my cinnamon roll. Fortunately it didn’t come out of the Box so I was able to take it home and eat it. That cinnamon roll was goooood but it took me a few days to finish it because of how sweet it was. On day 6 I ordered their avocado toast pictured below.
Honestly I wasn’t a big fan of it. It was bread, avocado, goat cheese, and green onions. Some people say they like it I think I’ll stick with just regular avocado toast. On day 7 I tried their everything bagel with salmon.
I wasn’t a big fan of that either i ended up taking it home and scraping the salmon off. Not to say that there is anything wrong with a salmon I personally just wasn’t a fan of the salmon and the bagel combination. Overall my experience with the Mercantile & Mash was a very positive one. The food service took about 5 to 10 minutes, on par with any other cafe downtown. The employees were extremely friendly and personable to me. Every single one of them answered all my questions about the establishment and were willing yo have long conversations with me about various different topics and always welcomed me into the establishment with a smile. The atmosphere and set up of the cafe is modern and beautiful. They have a extensive retail selection and nice assortment of refrigerated food items, and plenty of space for you to bring your entire family.
Speaking of family I found out that the Mercantile & Mash has an upstairs area customer’s can rent for business meetings, wedding events, and family get togethers.
I definitely recommend The Marcantile & Mash.