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Melanie's Eats & Sweets is a sweet spot for lunch

On the long stretch of South Park Avenue between the Village of Hamburg and Blasdell, Melanie’s Eats & Sweets sits with its bright purple awning on a corner lot.

Owner Melanie Rozler moved her baking business (not to be confused with Melanie’s Sweet’s Unlimited in the Broadway Market), from Hamburg’s village to its present location last June.

But this is a Cheap Eats. More on her sweets later.

It was a cold and blustery Saturday as we slid in for lunch. Cafe customers have a tempting view of the baked goods and pie cases from tables.

Daily soups ($2.95 cup/$3.95 bowl) include Chicken Noodle (Tuesday), Cream of Mushroom (Wednesday), Chicken Wing (Thursday), Tomato Florentine (Friday) and Stuffed Pepper (Saturday).

The Stuffed Pepper was outstanding with a rich tomato base, ground beef, green peppers and rice, and a little kick. Also offered, the Chicken Wing that was filled with hunks of chicken in a velvety and cheesy bath with a nice hint of hot sauce.

All sandwiches come with a daily side or green salad, and range from $5.59 for a Western of scrambled eggs, ham, pepper and onions to $6.95 for BLT or Turkey BLT. Chicken, egg or tuna salad is made-to-order for sandwiches ($6.49).

Signature Sandwiches expand upon the regular versions, like the Alex ($6.95) with chicken salad, tomato and American cheese and a Big Kids Grilled Cheese ($6.95), a three-cheese with bacon sandwich. A classic grilled Reuben is $8.49. The Melanie ($7.49) was lovely chicken salad with finely diced celery and just enough mayo on toasted white with thick slabs of crispy bacon and sliced mozzarella. The house side of homemade noodle salad was creamy with a sprinkle of paprika for color.

Paninis follow the sandwich selections ($7.95-$8.95) with versions like Buffalo Chicken Bacon Ranch, Bacon and Cheese and Three Cheese.

Wraps (white, spinach, tomato or whole wheat) range from $7.95-$8.49. The Chicken Caesar Wrap was filled with chicken, romaine and dressing. The Chicken Souvlaki also had plenty of chicken, tomatoes, onion, feta, olives and Greek dressing. Neither was a drippy mess. Our nice mix of greens, tomato and cucumber side salads came with packets of Paul Newman ranch and balsamic dressings, but that was OK.

Regular salads start at $4.49 for Just Salad to $8.95 for Chicken Souvlaki. A Fruit and Nut with seasonal fruit, feta, walnuts and craisins is $8.49. Cold Plate salads come with tuna, chicken or egg salad ($4.95-$5.95). While our food was very good, it seemed items are repeated in different versions on the regular menu. A little variety by way of a daily special like a burger or grilled veggie panini might perk things up for regular customers.

Folks picked up bakery orders all afternoon, including a darling white Scottie dog cake of fluffy coconut. Of course we had to have dessert.

Instead of slices, Melanie’s offers cute “mini” pies and individual cheesecakes that can feed two. Cream pies ($4.25) include Banana, Chocolate, Double Lemon and Coconut; $4.75 for Peanut Butter Fudge, Turtle or Hawaiian. Regular fruit pies are $4.75. Cheesecakes are $3.99 with fruit toppings; $4.25 for specialty like Death-By-Chocolate or Turtle.

Our decadent Peanut Butter Fudge Pie was a crispy crust filled with a dense fudgy center, topped with whipped cream. With the good cup of coffee, it was sweet, gooey way to tackle the second half of our snowy day.

Melanie’s Eats & Sweets

Where: 4220 South Park Ave., Hamburg (823-MELS (6357), melanieseatsandsweets.com)

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; lunch served 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Extras: Junior pan-fried or broiled fish Fridays for lent $7.49 includes potato salad, macaroni salad and coleslaw. Ample parking. Take out. Gluten-free bread available.

Wheelchair access: Yes

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