I absolutely love breakfast food, the smell of scrambled eggs, sizzling bacon, and fresh pancakes off the griddle is temptation to the highest level. I swear I could have breakfast three meals a day if I could, especially for dinner. But then again, who says breakfast can’t be for dinner? Certainly not Meli’s. With three locations across Chicago, Meli’s serves as a cozy spot where you can unwind, relax, and enjoy an authentic home cooked meal. To the Greeks, “Meli” is the word for honey. Sweet would definitely be an appropriate word to describe Meli’s Café. Filled with warmth, natural décor, and a quiet and peaceful atmosphere, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into the comfort of your own home upon entering. Just add in a big overwhelming smell of something good cooking in the kitchen, and you’ve got Meli’s Café. Besides believing in a comfortable environment, fresh ingredients, and a wholeheartedly good quality breakfast, Meli’s Café also strongly believes in serving the best tasting and nutritious eggs possible.  No kidding, Meli’s was chosen as “America’s Best-Tasting Egg” by the Professional Chefs of the American Culinary Chef’s Best. Meli’s isn’t only famous for their eggs, they’re also known for their quality maple syrup, creamy whipped butters, and their homemade freshly baked challah bread.  So it’s really no wonder that it’s known as one of the reigning breakfast havens of Chicago, which is what ultimately attracted me in the first place. C’mon, a place that serves breakfast food 24/7, who could say no to that?

So a few friends and I did just that, have breakfast for dinner. Of course, we started off the night with the highlight of their menu, their all-time famous eggs. First off was their all American breakfast, complete with all the necessities, fluffy pancakes, golden scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, and roasted potatoes.

At Meli’s, not only is breakfast available at night, it also comes in breakfast bowls, splendid combinations of everything a breakfast lover would need. The Yuppie breakfast bowl consist of a combination of mushrooms, spinach, sausage, and kale all covered with Swiss cheese. Meanwhile the Farmland breakfast bowl is a delicious mixture of zucchini, tomatoes, Harvarti, peppers, and sausage, smothered in Cheddar cheese.

breakfast bowl

farmland bowl

Not only omelets and breakfast bowls, Meli’s also offers lunch at night as well, proving that pretty much anything can be dinner if you fancy. The goat cheese wrap is a unique choice, with grilled chicken, roasted red peppers, grilled onions, and spinach all wrapped in a thin garlic flat bread.

goatcheese wrap

Last but not least, of course breakfast wouldn’t be complete without the coffee, the one and only wonderful caffeine that wakes us up every morning.

meli coffee

Coffee in itself is an art, its rich flavor created from a unique and precise combination of both organic and inorganic ingredients. Meli’s Café brews their coffee from a mixture of both Central American and Brazilian coffee beans, believing that coffee is a significant symbol of hospitality. Taking a sip of their Latte and Mocha, we definitely had the warm feeling of being well taken care of. So come experience Meli’s and enjoy the delicious warmth of having breakfast for dinner.



Meli’s Café

500 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL. 60605


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A writer and photographer who's in love with new experiences, visual art, and the written word. Born and raised in Chicago, I've also spent time living in New York City, Hong Kong, and traveled throughout various places. A travel enthusiast by heart, I love roaming new places and exploring the people & food that comes with it. As an avid story teller, I love sharing my discoveries, whether it be my latest travel experience or newest food adventure. I truly believe that food is the universal factor that connects all of us, no matter how different we may be in other ways, we cannot deny that there’s at least one thing that we love to eat and that one favorite food magically and unconditionally gives us comfort and pleasure. That feeling is one of the purest forms of happiness and I’d love to share that feeling through my work

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