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ATLANTA -- Joe DaMelio opened Café 640 about five years ago as Café di Sol. Since then, it has been DiMelio's mission, along with his Executive Chef, to put out a local product at a comfortable price point. Everything in the restaurant is homemade and the restaurant tries to locally source all menu items. DaMelio has a passion for cooking and learned many things from his mother; however, he and the restaurant’s Executive Chef Chef Andy collaborated to create the menu.

Under the direction of Chef Andy, who came to the restaurant from popular Buckhead restaurant Aria, the menu has shaped up to be a collection of local products, childhood recipes and seasonal favorites.

Holding true to their promise, the restaurant is able to stay at a comfortable price point despite their use of high-quality products like cured meats from the Pine Street Market in Avondale Estates.They also fly their appetizer mussels, fresh, from Prince Edward Island and serve them with French Baugette from Buckhead Bread.

Aside from their affordable prices, the restaurant is home to the third best Brunch, according to OpenTable, in Atlanta. Their acclaimed brunch lasts from 10 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 until 4:00 p.m. on Sundays.  They, also, have the best Martini in Atlanta, according to Creative Loafing. Café 640’s “Grapefruit Martini” is made with Indian River Grapefruit, Rosewater and vodka.

In addition to their martini, Sweetwater Brewery provides the restaurant with an interchangeable draught tap which they change, seasonally. DiMelio strives to continually satisfy the consumer and make their casual dining experience as affordable as possible.  He also owns a restaurant in his home country of Italy.

Every Tuesday, the Where U Live team chooses a Metro Atlanta restaurant and with the restaurant’s help, shows you how you can sample the menu without spending too much.

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DeMelio suggests the Beet and Arugula Salad which is a seasonal favorite. “People come in and ask for it when the weather changes”, he tells Where U Live. The salad is crafted with baby arugula, goat cheese, fresh beets and lemon vinaigrette. The restaurant offers this salad in the springtime and in the summer. The salad costs, about, $7.50

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As an entrée, he suggests the Veggie Burger, which is served with housechips. The Veggie Burger is homemade with chickpeas and herbs; the burger prides itself on not containing fillers. The patty is served on a grilled sesame bun and is crusted with Panko bread crumbs. The restaurant’s housechips are hand cut Sweet and Idaho potatoes. This burger costs about $8.00

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DeMelio suggests their version of a black and tan, the Black Velvet, as a beverage. The drink is a mixture of Guinness dry stout beer and Crispin Hard Cider. The drink is their signature black and tan beverage and it is unique to Café 640. The drink costs $4.00

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