Another restaurant that JP and I ventured to trying this past weekend was Meli Cafe in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. We saw it on Yelp and it had some pretty rave reviews and so decided to try it out! Parking was pretty easy to find on a weekend morning, but it’s pricey at $4/hour. Yikes, Chicago! They have another location in Greektown, which might have cheaper street parking available. We were seated as soon as we entered the restaurant and were pleased to find large, bright windows, and a dining side as well as a “bar/eat-in” side of the restaurant.
Meli Cafe boasts it’s unique, home made juices and high-grade and high-quality products into their breakfast and lunch menus. JP and I both settled for a cup of coffee (they serve Illy) and I wanted to steer away from my usual egg-based breakfast and decided to try out the strawberry french toast, which looked amazing! I also ordered a side of bacon. JP got a veggie omelet with a side of hashbrowns (yep – she didn’t eat them but I was able to taste them!).
Our food came out pretty quick, and mine looked especially appetizing. The french toast was topped with yummy whipped cream. The only thing I had a complaint about was that the bacon wasn’t cooked enough and was very greasy/oily. JP’s hashbrowns were delicious, though and had a nice taste and crisp to them.
Overall, the venue was really bright and airy and perfect for a morning wake-up call. All different groups of people were there – from couples to large families and even some people dressed in Thanksgiving gear that just came from a Turkey Trot or race downtown. It is a bit pricey. Between the two of us, our meal was $38 which is the most we’ve spent on breakfast in a long time. But the food was overall delicious – and next time I’d skip the bacon.
What are your favorite breakfast places? Favorite breakfast foods?