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Merchants has been taking up prime Downtown real estate (perfectly situated for dinner and drinks before a night of honky-tonk at Robert’s Western World), in what used to be Merchants Hotel, since 1988 but has only recently gained culinary notoriety thanks to a top-to-bottom overhaul in 2010. It’s split into two distinct dining concepts: On the ground floor, it’s Southern comfort food (green fried tomatoes, blackened catfish, smoked brisket) and cozy leather booths. Upstairs, it’s a formal dining room with a fancier menu to match (seafood towers and filet mignon).

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