For about a year or so, ele has been serving lunch out of their cafe, where they previously only served coffee and of course, baked goods. If you're not already in the know, ele was founded by some of the gals who used to work in the Woody's Bakery. At least, I think that's what happened. I had a hard time fact-checking this one, so please feel free to correct me here. ele actually started out as Taste of Elegance in the late 90s/early-oughts, serving up some of the best specialty cakes and baked goods in the Dayton area, most of them showcasing the fantastic buttercream icing that Woody's was known for.
They now have a pretty diverse lunch menu, with soups, salads, sandwiches & wraps, as well as different items like pita pizzas and specialty sides like their 4-cheese penne. I ordered the avocado BLT and the white bean chicken chili. The sandwich was top notch, with the tangy sourdough, roasted garlic mayo and fresh spring greens complimenting the perfectly cooked bacon and fresh avocado. The soup was good, but could have been better. The good news is, there was plenty of white meat chicken used - the bad news is it was mostly all in one piece. I had a piece of chicken breast the size of a massive mcnugget in my soup, and I had to try and break it up with my soup spoon. It could used a bit more seasoning, too. I'm always skeptical when trying soups at a restaurant that I've mastered at home, though. So, take that with a grain of salt since maybe I'm a bit bias.
It's counter service, then they bring your food to where you're sitting, so there's not much to make mention of here. No one seemed to go out of their way to help, but we didn't ask for much, either. Sorry for the lack of photos, but it was a very hurried lunch meeting. Plus, I like to keep Food vs Face as far from "work me" as possible, so you'll just have to deal with it, eaters.