All-American Diner Food at Mel's Drive-In (Up to 52% Off). Two Options Available.

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  • $12 for $24 worth of diner cuisine for a table of two people or more
  • $24 for $50 worth of diner cuisine for a table of four people or more

The menu of appetizers and entrees and breakfast and drinks still offers Mel's favorites, such as the Melburger ($7.25+), a juicy third-pound burger atop a sesame bun that pairs with crisp american fries ($2) as naturally as cowboy boots with a prom dress, and Mel's sliders, such as the goat cheese and turkey slider ($3.75 each) and short rib slider ($4.50 each). Blenders churn McGoo's ice cream into the diner's signature ultra-thick shakes and malts ($5.50+). On a plate of all-American meatloaf ($11.75), homemade gravy tackles lumpy mashed potatoes while a buttered roll referees. With late-night hours, diners can indulge cravings in the wee hours with a plate of Mel's thick-slice french toast ($9.75) or dip forks into a house-made, double-crust apple pie ($5.25).

Mel's Drive-In

In 1947, owners Mel Weiss and Harold Dobbs assembled a staff of 14 carhops to serve passing motorists at the first Mel's Drive-In. For the next two decades, customers partial to automobile dining flocked to the chain’s 11 California locations, eager to wash down grass-fed half-pound burgers with thick milk shakes. As fast-food outlets outpaced the drive-in's once-speedy service, its popularity declined, and it was eventually scheduled for demolition. The building got a temporary reprieve, however, when filmmaker George Lucas decided to use the drive-in's original location on Lombard Street as the colorful backdrop for his film American Graffiti. As bulldozers destroyed the last remnants of the historic drive-in, American Graffiti opened in theaters.

A decade later, though, Mel's son Steven reopened Mel's Drive-In in an attempt to carry on his father's dream. Steven restored the drive-in's multiple locations to mirror their original motif by stocking each with midcentury must-haves such as illuminated marquees, jukeboxes, and Elvis-themed WiFi passwords. The drive-in’s menu, meanwhile, balances period-appropriate fare, such as hot dogs and burgers, with healthy options, such as the Haven’s Famous vegetarian sandwich, two slices of nine-grain bread topped with avocado, sprouts, and tomatoes.

Reviews

Their bacon and eggs are LITERALLY the BEST diner bacon and eggs in perhaps the greatest city in the entire world, San Francisco.

Emily D., Yelp, 7/1/12
  1. A

    Laurel Heights

    3355 Geary Blvd.

    San Francisco, California 94118

    415-387-2255

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  2. B

    Van Ness Avenue

    1050 Van Ness Ave

    San Francisco, California 94109

    415-292-6357

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  3. C

    SoMa

    801 Mission St.

    San Francisco, California 94103

    415-227-0793

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In a Nutshell

Historic drive-in diner seen in George Lucas's American Graffiti serves up nostalgic fare such as homemade pies and half-pound burgers

The Fine Print

Expires Jun 19th, 2013. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. Valid for dine-in or take-out. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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