Chicago >Food & Dining > Melrose Restaurant
3233 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6065741.941139 -87.644430
Monday To Sunday From 12:00 AM To 12:00 AM
Neighborhoods: North Side, Lakeview
Should you find yourself in Lakeview late-night (or any time of day or night!), you could do much worse than an omelette or pancakes here.
The 24-hour diner is a popular spot to end the night in the neighborhood.
3:30 AM on Sunday on Sept 8, 2013. The wait staff is great and so is the food. However, the manager or cashier, Pete, is not friendly nor accommodating or forgiving. As a matter of fact, most of the men who are in charge are not very people friendly. I requested the booth by the cashier because It is usually more quiet. Pete made me sit at a booth next to the kitchen which is very loud with the cooks, waiters and dishes clanging all the time along with the dirty dishes being pushed by a cart constantly back and forth into the kitchen area and I was surrounded by drunks. I could not enjoy my meal at all. Then, a few minutes later, he seated 5 people in the booth that I had asked for. Keep in mind, the place was not sold out and there were lots of empty seats and I was there first. When I told Pete how upset I was and why, his answer was:" No else was complaining". What? I was not drunk like everyone else and the drunks could care less. There could be a fire and they would think it was fireworks. I told Pete that I felt discriminated against because I was single and there is no guarantee that 4 or 5 people were going to show up. He used that as an accuse as to why I was not allowed to sit there. I have been going to this Restaurant since 1977 and I do not appreciate how this was handled. Bob Cook
Great local restaurant – The Melrose has everything you'd want out of a local diner. The food is good, though some things are considerably better than others, and the place has a good diner ambiance. The place is decorated with some crazy 80s new wave motif, but it adds to its character. (On most days the music matches the decor.) This may not be a place to make a trip for, but it's a good place to walk a few blocks to.
could be home – The Melrose is comfortable, affordable, friendly and palatable. I've enjoyed the experience for years... and years... and years. It feeds the urban experience and is a great spot to bring out of towners to.
Everyone is welcomed to this haven... At any given time you can watch the local boys, the ladies of the North Shore and the bohemian youth contingency sit back and enjoy watching each other.
I couldn't recommend this place highly enough.
Awesome omlettes! – This place has the fluffiest, most well-stuffed omlettes for around $6! The service is always friendly & speedy. All breakfasts come with a piece of fruit (a whole orange or banana). Blitzes are great too! Great lazy-weekend brunch place with no frills.
Too many kids – This is become the new daytime day care for lazy young parents who bring their kids in and let them run around. Better yet, the staff and management allow the kids to run all over the resturant and even put out free candy for them. Stay away if you are not looking for a loud, kid crazy resturant.
Neighborhood standby slings simple, basic coffee-shop fare all day and night in the heart of Boys Town. – In Short
Teal booths, quirky paintings and pink-neon accents give this place a true diner feel. Crowds vary from punk kids and tipsy revelers at 4am to grandparents and gay couples at Sunday breakfast. On the menu: diner fare like three-egg omelettes stuffed with anything from jalapenos and onions to sauteed apples and cheddar cheese. Hungover? Try the Hobo, a skillet of hash browns topped with melted cheese and two eggs.
Always a classic – You can always count on Melrose to be a late night retreat. I hate that they stopped allowing dogs on they're patio but they're still one of my favorites for cabbage soup.
Friend of the Neighborhood – Melrose restaurant is my default when I'm in need of good square meal. Take even the most finicky eaters there; the menu has everything. Service is typically friendly and prompt. Food value is good and most dinner entrees come with soup or salad and bread. It's a diner/family restaurant so shoes and shirt is about the only dress requirement. Great patio during the warm months with beautiful colorful hanging plants on the perimeter. Also a dog water bowl for your pooch. If you're lucky you might be able to find a meter but more than likely most people walk there. People watching: expect to see your boystown crowd but also a diverse mixture of all other types.
Typical all-night diner – This place is a Boystown institution. The food is typical diner fare and portions are hefty. A great place to eat late at night after the bars close. The decor is a bit garish but hey, it's a diner.
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