Meli Cafe

I know it’s late in the week, but I needed to share my Saturday because I loved it. 
I wasn’t running Chicago’s Perfect 10, but I went out and pretended like I was. It was so fun to be out on the Lakefront trail see all the runners turning around and heading back to Navy Pier. I was looking for all my awesome friends running the race and managed to see Kayla towards the finish. Girl had on a bright skirt that I instantly recognized. For some weird reason this made me feel like I was really making my life in Chicago. 
This also makes me feel connected to Chicago. Had to.
I planned on running a couple miles, then meeting my husband at a specified location to run a couple more. 

Sure enough, he showed up right on time. His best bud Colton got him these shorts and he insisted I take a photo of him modeling the goods. Do you note the length of those legs? Needless to say, he’s pretty fast. We ran a couple more miles together before walking over to a ‘new to us’ breakfast spot. 

Meli Cafe. I saw reviews on Yelp and I needed to try it. Luckily, it was far enough from the race that the wait wasn’t long and we were quickly seated. 
via YELP
Meli Cafe

I was impressed with the condiments. Don’t quote me on this, but I think that is homemade ketchup.

I didn’t capture the beauty of the coffee, but I assure you it was awesome. Their menu is full of great options for dietary restrictions like gluten intolerance or vegans. I’m not a vegetarian, but since I’m pretending for a couple weeks, I went with a Veggie Benny option (how fun is it to say Veggie Benny?)

The Hollandaise was a little lemony for me, but I’m not a big Hollandaise fan to begin with. I also cannot believe that there was an English muffin under there because it was really big and thick. Regardless, it was good and the eggs were poached to perfection. Compared to the Veggie Benny at Brunch, this is not even close. Brunch‘s Veggie Benny holds the number one spot. 
My husband kept it really exciting and got eggs, potatoes, and some buttermilk pancakes. 

I dominated a pancake and that delicious white cloud that looks like butter, but is actually whipped cream.

I really liked this place. It has a nice atmosphere, lots of natural light, and a really extensive menu.

Is it weird to run along a race if you are not in the race?

Do you have a phrase that you like repeating because you like the way it rolls off your tongue? 

  • Monica

    Ooh thanks for this recommendation! It looks delish- I’m definitely gonna check out that place when I’m in Chicago:)

  • The Running Ginger

    I can’t say I have ever ran along with a race I am it in, but then again, running is not that big of a thing here in Dayton. I can’t say there is a race that I would know enough people to bother following along. Plus, it sounds like the race you mentioned actually has scenery; we do not have scenery. I approve of your choice because it sounds like a fun way to briefly see friends and enjoy a run in a location you may have run in anyway.

    The Running Ginger –

  • Pete B

    That food looks delicious. Time for me to get some breakfast!

  • kilax

    We went there for a team lunch and I really liked it! It was so nice to see vegan options at a brunch place. That seems rare to me.

    Love that you ran with your husband! I used to run with mine. It was fun. I would avoid running along any race course, well, on it, anyway. I wouldn’t want to get in the way! But it’s fun to go out and see your friends!

  • Erin @ Loop Looks

    Mmmm, Meli. One of my favorite brunch places. I always have a difficult time deciding on what to get because everything sounds amazing.

  • kelsey

    I’ve been wanting to try this place! NOMZ

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats

    I totally forgot about that place, I went there once my first year of law school with a few other girls in my class! I got a chorizo omelette, it was really good!

  • Christina

    Im so glad that you liked Meli. I know the owners of Meli because they go to my church #greekpeopleproblems. I think I saw you running when I was running the race. I wasnt really paying attention but I swore I saw you. I love your husband’s bright red shorts too funny.

  • Katie @ Livehalffull

    I love Meli!!! It’s my favorite place to go at lunch time!

  • Christina

    Wait. What’s your phrase?