Even though today is my official birthday, Saturday celebrations began with breakfast at Meli Cafe in Greektown/West Loop, which, conveniently, is located on the main street of that neighborhood, right where the Greek Festival would be taking place that afternoon and night.

greektown Saturday

As we walked up from the bus stop, various vendors—of all things from knock-off designer purses and canned preserves to souvlaki and meat grilled over huge beds of coals—were setting up beneath rows of blue-and-white tents.

meli cafe

Meli Cafe was crowded, but we were seated right away. Inside, the blue, white and yellow color scheme fits perfectly with its setting and feels like a bit of the Mediterranean. The menu offers every breakfast you could want—pancakes, French toasts, crepes, eggs of every make and ingredient combination. Meli, the Greek word for honey, is a well-chosen label, as most of the signature dishes at this restaurant use that classic ingredient as a prominent feature. While I typically go with carb-heavy breakfasts, Saturday I chose the Asparagus & Gruyere Omelet topped with hollandaise. It comes with a generous side of baby red, oven-fried potatoes and two thick slices of toast.

asparagus gruyere omelette

Not surprisingly, I went nuts for the savory potatoes, which were seasoned and browned for maximum flavor. The eggs were also very good, though a little tough in the center. And to top my toast, the waitress brought two small glass bowls of fantastic jelly, as well as whipped butter.

All in all, a great breakfast that left me stuffed for three hours of walking (and sweating—gosh, it was hot!) all around Chicagoland. I highly recommend trying it for yourself.

Meli Cafe
Website: http://www.melicafe.com

301 S Halsted
Chicago, Illinois 60661
Phone: 312-454-0748
Fax: 312-454-1397

Hours of operation:
Monday thru Sunday: 6:00AM – 4:00PM, kitchen closes at 3PM

Shanna Mallon

Shanna Mallon started Food Loves Writing back in 2008, as a way to remember her grandma and write about her life through food. Since then it's become a place leading her to a lifestyle of eating whole foods, a new home in Nashville and the love of her life, Tim. Follow Shanna on Twitter @foodloves, keep up with Food Loves Writing on Facebook and stay inspired with the monthly newsletter.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. amy

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! and that breakfast looks so tasty! hope you have a fabulous day!

  2. Adam

    Happy Birthday from me too!

    And don’t forget the never-before-seen (by us, anyway) bright yellow watermelon. I just love it when my food color coordinates…

    Tonight: the conclusion of Shanna’s Birthday Weekend (+ Monday) Extravaganza 2008!


  3. Shannalee

    Thanks, Amy! It was so tasty. :)

    LOL, Adam! And good call about the yellow watermelon–so strange in a good way!

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