Meli Cafe on Grand | River North | American, Breakfast | Restaurant
New River North location of the popular Greektown breakfast-and-lunch spot that highlights its house-made marmalades.

Our Review

Any breakfast food you can imagine is likely to be on the menu at Meli Cafe. The list of almost 100 plates ranges from standard eggs, toast, and potatoes, to scrambles, skillets, French toast, and pancakes, making ordering a daunting task. With ingredients like asparagus, figs, and various sausages and cheeses, Meli's offerings skew slightly more modern than standard diner fare—but not enough to elicit much excitement or curiosity. Where Meli sets itself apart is in its execution: fresh ingredients, cooked perfectly. Spinach folded in a crepe remained bright green and full of life next to melted mozzarella, tomatoes, and near-crisp, thick bacon. The crepe itself had been pumped up to burrito-like proportions, spongy with extra eggs and slightly browned, with herbs mixed into the batter. The ham-and-Swiss eggs Benedict was delightfully savory, standing up well to a lemony hollandaise sauce and bedded in well-cooked red potatoes. The cafe makes its own marmalade and houses a full juice bar of made-to-order blends like beet-apple-celery-lemon or orange-banana-strawberry, which even with honey blended in managed to be well-balanced and not overly sweet. Though the emphasis is clearly on breakfast Meli also carries a lunch menu, which features a smattering of salads, wraps, panini, and sandwiches.

Emily Withrow

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