The first thing you need to know about Merle’s Place is that there’s nothing corporate about it. Nothing corporate about the no-nonsense waitress who knows the menu backwards and forwards and is working the whole place by herself on a busy poker night. Nothing corporate about the well-worn but clean dive bar atmosphere with deep booths, dark wood tables and an old jukebox. And finally, there is nothing corporate about the food.
Which brings me to the second thing to know before you go to Merle’s for the first time: If you’re going to eat, get a sandwich.