When nostalgia gets nostalgic, it thinks wistfully about future trend resurgences, longing for postapocalyptic flood pants and when moon colonies rediscover Tang. Remind nostalgia of happier days with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get $14 worth of American fare at Mel’s Classic Diner, located in Pigeon Forge.
Mel’s satisfies scores of hungry diners with its menu of Americana-inspired entrees. The a.m. platters abound, including Carl’s Gut Buster breakfast, which includes two eggs, Virginia baked ham, and your choice of hash browns or grits and a short stack of pancakes or gravy-covered biscuits ($7.99). The subtly spicy Buddy Holly chili cheeseburger recalls the rocker’s modest start as a chili cook-off judge, whose repeatedly scalded tongue influenced nearly all of his songs ($6.99). Vanilla Pepsi ($2.49) pairs well with a homey helping of meatloaf ($8.99) or the jumbo grilled cheese ($4.99). Desserts crowned with wistful wisps of whipped cream, including the ultimate banana split ($5.49), gloriously resurrect the postdinner course that was largely deserted after eggplant éclairs came into vogue.