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Seafood Takeout for Two or Four at Mel’s Fish Shack (Half Off)


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Neighborhood fixture serves fried and grilled catfish, red snapper, and oysters with a cornmeal seasoning passed down through generations

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Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Dine-in or carryout only. Not valid for Orange Roughy, Cajun Catfish, Salmon Filet, or Crab Seafood Soup. Not valid for items sold by the pound. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $13 for $26 worth of seafood takeout for two
  • $25 for $50 worth of seafood takeout for four

The menu includes fried or grilled catfish ($9 with one side), Pacific oysters ($10 with two sides) and grilled fish wraps served with homemade dill sauce ($5).

Mel’s Fish Shack

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Nothing proves this adage quite like Mel’s Fish Shack. Because, while it fries and grills more than a dozen types of seafood, what Mel’s represents to its community is more than just a popular takeout spot—it symbolizes a lifelong legacy. Mel Powell founded Mel’s Fish Shack in 1982 on a whim. But within five years, it became wildly popular, known as the place where Miles Davis, The Jackson family, and Stevie Wonder went to chow down on Louisiana-style fried fish. Mel gave his food an unforgettable taste by crusting fresh red snapper, jumbo shrimp, and catfish in a special seasoning and cornmeal mix that he blended himself.

Today, his daughter Georgette Powell runs the business. She had been working with her father since she was nine, starting as his secretary for an ornamental-ironworking business where she learned the importance of integrity, discipline, and a strong work ethic. Even so, she never imagined she'd take over the family business, until one day, just a year from graduating college, she realized that helping her father was the right thing to do. Today, she serves both new customers and the same regulars her father did nearly 33 years ago, frying up their favorite orders with her own personal touch. The eatery is also conveniently located right off the Metro Expo Line, luring Natural History Museum visitors just a few stops away.

To bolster the selection of such soul-food classics as crispy catfish filets, oysters, and hush puppies, Georgette has expanded the menu to include healthy options of grilled-salmon salad in a ginger vinaigrette dressing and fish wraps with dill sauce. According to a recent article on the website of the county supervisor, she also hopes to eventually expand Mel’s to other locations and build up her newfound “healthy soul food niche” through a community culinary school, driving Mel’s legacy beyond the historic fish shack.


87% of 708 customers recommend

  • “Loved the jumbo shrimp! Coleslaw was delicious There's really no where to sit to eat, and they're right on a street corner so we just got our food to take to the beach”

  • “Good service”

  • “The food was good”

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    4524 West Jefferson Boulevard

    Los Angeles, CA 90016


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