Cuisine: Meli Cafe

Greek Town location during brunch.

Greek Town location during brunch.

  • Meli Cafe & Juice Bar
  • Location:  540 N. Wells
  • Cuisine:  Mediterranean
  • Site: http://www.melicafe.com/
  • Price: $
  • Rating: Great

Lunch meetings are a regular occurrence for me lately.  Unfortunately, I’ve been stuck in a rut relying on the old stand-bys:  Corner Bakery, Au Bon Pain, and the like.  So, it’s good when I can get a bit further away from my office building.  This time, I visited Meli Cafe & Juice Bar in the River North area of Chicago.  My friend Rachel and I were meeting with Betty Bogg, Chief Performance Office of Teen Living Programs.

MELI CAFÉ GOLD

“Meli” is the Greek word for honey and honey child, it does not disappoint!

The drink options are varied and creative, including vegetable and juice blends, smoothies and coffees. They offer a creative array of fresh vegetables but since I’ve been drinking my veggies lately, I decided to order the Pure Gold juice blend consisting of carrots, ginger, pineapple and orange juice.  Absolutely delightful!  I think I’ll try the Green Envy next time (wheatgrass, apple, pear, pineapple, lemon).

It's waiting time in Greek Town.  And it's so worth it!

It’s waiting time in Greek Town. And it’s so worth it!

GREEK GOODNESS

It was tough deciding on an entree.  The menu descriptions are all tantalizing and if you are there with someone who has been before they will tell you, “You can order anything and it will be delicious”.    ( Thanks, Betty.  That helped a lot!).  Rachel was fine because she loves smoked salmon and honed in on that immediately.

So this is what we enjoyed at Meli Café.

Turkey Burger:  Grilled zucchini, roasted red pepper, honey dijon and baby Swiss on a buttery brioche bun.   I enjoyed the home-made, gluten free ketchup.   As our server said, “It’s not just ketchup.”

Brie Salad:  Organic greens, grilled chicken, artichoke, roasted red pepper, capers, cucumber, tomato, brie and balsamic vinaigrette.

Smoked Salmon crepe:  Scrambled egg, honey-smoked salmon, capers, onion and tomato. 

Rachel says “the portion was generous for the price.  Each ingredient was fresh and no one ingredient overpowered the dish.  The crepe was light and fluffy, the smoked salmon had a pleasant flavor and the hollandaise sauce had a hint of lemon flavor and added just the perfect touch to the overall flavor experience.”

All in all, it was a great lunch and I’m looking forward to a return visit.

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