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Mella Cafe



$$$$Perfect For:BreakfastLunchCoffee & A Light BiteWalk-Ins

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With a stacked menu full of pastries, waffles, coffee, and gelato, there are plenty of reasons to check out this Edgewater spot. But Mella’s delicious Ethiopian and Eritrean food distinguishes it from a typical neighborhood cafe. The breakfast sampler is the best way to try a bunch of dishes. It comes with fuul topped with feta, berbere-spiced scrambled eggs, potato salad, fitfit with chewy pieces of stir-fried kitcha, and loaves of French bread. It’s a lot of food, so plan to share with a friend while hanging out in the brightly lit space, or on their front patio.

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Suggested Reading

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The 8 Best Ethiopian Restaurants In Chicago

The best places to get perfect injera, gomen, sambusas, and other Ethiopian specialties in Chicago.

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Our favorite restaurants in the neighborhood.


Demera in Uptown is one of the best Ethiopian spots in town. Go with a group and try a few different things.

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