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All-American Diner Food at Mel's Drive-In (41% Off). Two Options Available.

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Historic drive-in diner seen in George Lucas’s American Graffiti Serving Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner - Late Night

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Beverleytop reviewer
14 ratings8 reviews
8 hours ago
We enjoy the food and the people who work there.
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ludwigtop reviewer
54 ratings13 reviews
16 hours ago
The food was very tasty and reasonably priced
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Larry
13 ratings4 reviews
2 days ago
Very good
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Angel
9 ratings4 reviews1 photos
July 21, 2021
Food was amazing! Everything we ordered was great! Shakes and apple pie best we’ve had!! Our server Piper, was hilarious. She gave us all nicknames and was awesome!
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frantop reviewer helpful reviewer
61 ratings33 reviews
July 19, 2021
FOD WAS PERFECT...OUR WAITRESS "MOLLY" WAS WONDERFUL.
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Abubakar
4 ratings2 reviews
July 19, 2021
Food & service was great!!
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Paultop reviewer
7 ratings5 reviews
July 18, 2021
Always good
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BRETTtop reviewer
34 ratings15 reviews
July 18, 2021
The food was great likewise and I would recommend it to anybody I mean we always look forward to it and we don’t eat beef and they have some great beef alternatives also and so I recommend anybody that likes beef or non-beef because they serve both and they both taste great and the atmosphere and the people are extremely nice you should give it a shot
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About This Deal

Choose Between Two Options

  • $12.50 for $20 worth of food and drink for parties of two or three
  • $23.57 for $40 worth of food and drink for parties of four or more
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Fine Print

Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Valid for dine-in and carryout. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift(s). May be repurchased every 30 days. Limit 1 per visit. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. Not valid with other offers or promotions. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services. Offer is not eligible for our promo codes or other discounts.

About 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.

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