The taste of burgers and milkshakes is synonymous with the ’50s, a decade that took place during the ’70s but was repeated late at night well into the ’90s. Savor the flavor of nostalgia with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of diner fare at Mel's Drive-In, valid at three locations in Hollywood, West Hollywood, and Sherman Oaks.
Harboring a rich history dating back 63 years, Mel's Drive-In's cooks whip up hearty house-made diner fare to welcome the rumbling stomachs and engines of local car operators. The bright neon sign, the kitschy '50s-themed atmosphere, and a varied menu of classics hark nostalgic digesters back to times when dining was comfy and accomplished rodeo clowns were de facto mayors. The juicy Famous Melburger ($6.95) can be tastily topped off with a thick, old-fashioned chocolate milkshake infused with McGoo's ice cream ($4.95), and paired with a side, such as twisty fries or onion rings ($2.25 each). To soak up memories of last night's cola bender, stop by for a breakfast of buttermilk pancakes ($6.75) or a stacked three-egg omelet, such as the Hangover Five Alarm, which arrives stuffed with chili and cheese ($10.95).
The original Mel's Drive-In carhop on Lombard Street served as the colorful backdrop for George Lucas's American Graffiti, and each of the eatery's subsequent Southern California incarnations has looked to carry on the original pastiche of cozy meals, late hours, and quick, down-to-earth service. The Hollywood-and-Highland location stands steps from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, serves starry-eyed stomach owners until the wee hours, and boasts a fully-stocked bar aptly named The Celebrity Bar. The Sunset Boulevard location sports a patio and ‘round-the-clock, 24-hour service.
Mel's has the throwback diner look on lock but the food has some nice modern twists to them.Mike S., Yelp, 10/10/11
I did like the old school diner setting and the server was polite and attentive. Not a bad place to drop in on after the show or club.Michael C., Yelp, 9/18/11
83% of 4,139 customers recommend
“Good food at affordable price, friendly staffs.”
“Sit at Sammy's station!! He is the bomb!!! Great service wonderful personality!! AAAA+++++++*”
“great late night dining. this staff goes beyond the call of duty to take care of its customers. thanks! ~s”