Take The Cake's Melisa Mileto Transform's Northside's Blue Jay into Mel's Diner for Pop-Up

click to enlarge The inside of the Blue Jay in Northside - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
The inside of the Blue Jay in Northside

Melissa Mileto of the now-defunct but greatly-missed Northside bakery and brunch spot Take the Cake is transforming the neighborhood's Blue Jay (4154 Hamilton Ave., Northside) into Mel's Diner for a nostalgic evening pop-up. 

Mileto be serving "a spin on diner classics like meatloaf and chicken pot pie." And mixologist Aaron Strasser of Boca/Sotto will be making classic cocktails — available for a donation. 

The menu includes: 

  • Meatloaf with carrot-ginger purée, salsa verde and sweet-and-sour cipollini and pearl onions
  • Chicken stew with herbed black-pepper biscuits, crispy chicken skin and sweet peas
  • Grilled cheese with pepita-pesto curry butter, served with piquillo pepper and charred tomato bisque
  • Cherry cobbler with buttermilk ice cream and pistachio praline for dessert

Guests can select their choice of entree, served with a wedge salad, soft drink and dessert (a la carte options will be available for a discounted rate). Children under 5 eat free. 

7-10 p.m. Saturday, July 21. $20; walk-ins welcome after 8:30 p.m. Get tickets here

click to enlarge Take The Cake's Melisa Mileto Transform's Northside's Blue Jay into Mel's Diner for Pop-Up
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