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“YUM!!!!!!!”
Review of Mel's Cafe

Mel's Cafe
Ranked #10 of 557 Restaurants in Charlottesville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 0 - US$ 8
Dining options: Breakfast
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast
Reviewed 3 January 2012

On the way home from a trip to Wintergreen we googled places to eat in Charlottesville and were intrigued by Mel's, especially since we like small, quirky little places! Man did we hit the deliciousness jackpot!!! Let's start with the burgers..... AMAZING!! A freshly formed patty cooked when you order on an incredibly soft bun....just divine. Delicious fries, onion rings, macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes!! No one wanted to stop eating! But the star of the meal was the fried chicken. They fry it when you order, so you have to wait a few minutes, but it only takes one bite to know it was worth the wait. Crunchy delicious batter on the outside and incredibly moist and tasty on the inside. Possibly the best fried chicken ever(apologies to my grandmother). We're still raving about the food a week later and considering driving four hours just to eat there again!! They treat you like family when you walk in, the owner introduced us to everyone in the building! Yeah it's small, yeah you have to go outside and to the back of the building to use the bathroom...WHO CARES!!! I would walk on my lips through busted glass to eat here!!!! Oh, and congrats on the new grand baby!!!!!

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Reviewed 8 November 2011

I love Mel's Diner the service is great and the food is so good.. I drive 30 minutes to buy their potato salad homemade yummy..

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Reviewed 31 October 2011

This is the sort of place you go with friends/family for a casual dinner of burger and fries, and similar fare. The burgers aren't fancy - just what a good burger should be. Definitely satisfied our burger craving! The other sandwiches looked good too.

The sweet potato pie was possibly the best I have ever had - it was completely delicious. I would go back just to have a couple slices of that!

The atmosphere is casual and laid-back... definitely a place to hang with the locals. I will definitely be back someday!

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Reviewed 22 September 2011

Staff were so so lovely. Food was nice and very cheap. You get to choose two "vegetables" with any dinner main and this came from an incredible list which included Mac and cheese and potato salad! It was a great experience. The place is obviously popular with the locals, which is a good sign.

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1  Thank edinburghstar
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Reviewed 21 July 2011

Mel and Tia made us feel right at home. The fried chicken was moist on the inside and crispy delicious on the outside. The sides are homemade and a soulfood lovers' dream. I highly recommend the Cole slaw. The sweet potato pie was like eating sweet velvety cream. We loved it so much, we stopped on our way home to pick up a whole pie. Tia is the best and is sincerely friendly. You don't want to miss this comfort food experience.

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