Service & Atmosphere
While the rest of the world was seemingly black Friday shopping, we decided to stop into Sweet Melissa for an unusual occurrence: a Friday brunch. Upon walking in the back entrance, I was immediately reminded of a trendy coffee shop, only triple the size. Clean hardwood floors, several walls with exposed brick, and big store front windows give Sweet Melissa a very warm, rustic charm.
The service at Sweet Melissa wasn’t good, at all. It seemed like there were maybe four servers working the packed dining area, and it took us at least ten minutes to get our drink orders taken after being seated. Our server finally took our food order and then was nowhere to be found until a good ten minutes after our meals had arrived. She checked in on us briefly and then, again, she disappeared until she swung by to give us our check. She wasn’t unfriendly, perhaps just overworked because the restaurant was a bit understaffed.
What is a brunch without a mimosa or a bloody mary? Sweet Melissa serves up both of these breakfast drinking delights and, at just $5 a pop, you can afford to drink two!
If you’re looking to get your morning caffeine fix instead, Sweet Melissa can certainly help you out: try one of their organic coffees or maybe an espresso or cappuccino.
The food was, in one word, delicious! To start, we were brought out complimentary fruit cups with a mini scone in each. The fruit was fresh and the mini scone was a tasty surprise. I ordered the veggie folded eggs ($9) which were perfectly cooked and filled with fresh roasted asparagus, artichokes, red and yellow peppers, squash, onions, and lots of gooey mozzarella. The potatoes were equally as good, a big portion of crispy red potatoes that were well seasoned and topped with a creamy sauce–not your usual bland breakfast hash browns. For $9, the portions were huge, and I was definitely satisfied.
The peanut butter hotcakes ($8) were also above average. Stuffed with little peanut butter chips and served with a side of pure maple syrup, they were almost too sweet for my tastes, but still fluffy and very tasty. The pancakes were large and served with a side of the tasty breakfast potatoes.
The brunch menu features a variety of other breakfast favorites like bacon ‘n eggs ($10), steak ‘n eggs ($14), a variety of “dipped toasts” ($7-$8), and a decent selection of bagel sandwiches and breakfast-themed wraps.
Sweet Melissa’s menu is vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free friendly, so there are many choices even if you have a dietary restriction. They also have a philosophy of using the very best ingredients they can find, local and organic whenever possible, and it’s absolutely reflected in the fresh food they serve.
Overall, I was very happy with the food and I can’t wait to return to try their lunch or dinner menus–I just have to hope that the service will be better. It’s definitely going on my list of personal breakfast food favorites!
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