Located in Chicago’s Greektown, Meli Cafe & Juice Bar is a, well, cafe and juice bar. This is going to be another one of those reviews where I don’t remember what any of the things that were ordered are, and will most likely call something different than what it actually is. I want to state up front that we were actually here as sort of a warm-up for our stomachs because we had reservations for Next: El Bulli later that night (full review coming!). Because of the nature of our meal, we probably didn’t get a representative experience of what this place is about. We basically showed up, took like three bites of whatever we ordered, and then ran off into the wind.
Some sort of juice. I want to say carrot and ginger, but maybe orange? And carrot? Ginger? Definitely something orange-colored. Celery! No, wait. Not that last one.
It looks like a spaceship, but I’m pretty sure this was their version of a scramble. They call it a mound and if you can’t figure out why, I’m sorry to inform you that you might have a learning disability.
I’m pretty sure this was an omelette. Maybe a crepe. How many egg-looking flat things exist out there? It has to be either an omelette or a crepe, right? Yeah! Best review ever!
Some sort of wrap. I see black beans. Or is that an olive? And avocado. And some white stuff. Cottage cheese? I’m not even sure why I’m bothering writing this. I’m basically just looking at the picture and making wild guesses. I could grab a random stranger off the street who wasn’t even there and they could probably do a better job than this. And they could be blind.
I do remember this yogurt thing was really good. I also remember my friend made a ton of adjustments to it, like asking for greek yogurt instead of regular yogurt, adding honey, and asking for all sorts of other random changes to ensure the cook also spit in it. Well whatever it ended up as, it was really good.
Meli Cafe & Juice Bar
301 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60607
Neighborhoods: Greektown, Near West Side, West Loop