M Cafe de Chaya yesterday. When it comes to balance, chefs Shigefume Tachibe and Lee Gross have pretty much done all the work for you by keeping any refined sugars, eggs, dairy, red meat or poultry out of the picture. As far as alternative burgers go, we usually prefer lighter protein over fake meat or whole grain patties, which is why the tuna burger fit the bill. Boring? Not at all.
The well-seasoned patty comes topped with fresh sprouts, tomato, avocado and yuzu mayo on a house-baked whole wheat bun, and even if the tuna was a tad overcooked, it was still delicious (even without the whole bun), with farro salad with grapefruit and walnuts on the side. Add in a beet-carrot-ginger juice, and it was an extremely satisfying and filling lunch that gave us energy for the rest of the day without weighing us down the way pancakes or steak and eggs and a couple Bloody Marys would have.
Even with two locations, the Melrose original still does a steady business. Our favorite game while sitting on the sunny patio is to guess who's walking up to get pizza at Lucifer's newest location, a meatball sub at All About the Bread, or go macro at M Cafe (we were 8 out of 10).