Melo Café Review
Look for the blue awnings, as you could easily pass by this nondescript, three-story building, a former office that now houses a charming café. Owned by Rafael of the Melo Coffee family and his wife, Teresa. It's a clean-living (alcohol-free) place, with good plates of eggs, omelets, and pancakes (a rarity here) for breakfast. On the menu, priced low enough for a Peace Corps volunteer's budget, the best beverages are the fresh fruit batidas(smoothies); try papaya, pineapple, or milk and bananas, all for less than 50 pesos. The plato del día always offers rice and beans with perhaps a chicken fricassee or stewed pork, and a little salad, for just RD$170. You can get a club sandwich here, too (another rarity). Monday through Wednesday the hours are 8–2, and then reopens for dinner from 6–9. For great souvenirs or gifts, stop by the Melo coffee factory two doors down (#14) and buy a couple of pounds of aromatic, organic coffee.
- Address: Anacaona #12, Barahona, 81000
- Phone: 809/524–5437
- Location: Barahona
- No credit cards.
- Closed Sun. No dinner Thurs.–Sat.