This morning, we went to Meli Cafe & Juice Bar, had one of the best breakfasts ever, and I’m debating going back tomorrow. They had so many awesome things on the menu that if I lived in Chicago, I would be a loyal regular.

They make their own marmalades… I loved both the strawberry and apricot, and their whipped honey butter is even better. It’s ultra light with a touch of honey and you could seriously eat this in spoonfuls.

butter and preserves

I ordered the Crimini Omelet, made with chunks of pancetta and tomato, and a sprinkling of parmesan. The giant omelet is tender, well seasoned, and full of flavor. The baby red potatoes are the freshest potatoes ever. They might just be growing them behind the building. Again, perfectly cooked, perfectly seasoned, and chives add that extra one two, that just knocks it out of the park. Most dishes come with a nice little wedge of seedless watermelon and a choice of toast. Even my multi-grain toast was thick and fluffy, not the cheap stuff.
Crimini and Pancetta Omelet

Luckily, Lon ordered the other dish I was eyeing, the Cinnamon Bun Breakfast. This is like the sampler plate of breakfast wonders. Neither of us have ever had a cinnamon bun french toast and this was just better than I expected, sweet but not overly so, soft and fluffy, packed with cinnamon. It was as if they took a Cinnabon, sliced it in half like a roll, and made french toast out of it! It comes with the same great baby red potatoes I got, the same watermelon, a few slices of bacon, and the softest scrambled eggs. Lon requested the addition of provolone and it was insanely good.
Cinnamon Bun French Toast

Lon also tried some of Justin’s Corn Beef Hash, which got the thumbs up.

Corn Beef Hash

Everything just tasted so fresh and made with good quality ingredients. This beats New York breakfasts by miles and yet it was cheaper. Our waitress was sweet and the service was super fast. Anyone going to Chicago? Make note to have breakfast here!
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