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Mel's Cafe

719 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4570
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Price range: $0 - $8
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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  • English first
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English first
Virginia Beach, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Found this place on Tripadvisor. Sounded good so we went. The place is very "down homey" and appears to be a local favorite. It's not real fancy, but the fried chicken is among the best I've ever had. Their stuffing side is excellent as well. The prices are very reasonable. Their staff are very warm and friendly as well. Highly... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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149 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

If you can find it, go here. The fried chicken was the best I have ever had. My wife's cheeseburger was excellent. The cole slaw and potato salad was terrific. And all for $15 including the tip. And the owners are extremely friendly. Don't expect atmosphere - but you come here for food and not fake ambience.

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Danville, Virginia
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Mel's offers great food and generous portions for a reasonable price. The folks there are very friendly. I had fried fish, potato salad and green beans. My husband had pork chops, fried potatoes and greens beans. It will put a smile on your face.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Mel cooks your food and banters with you as you order and thanks you when you pay the bill. He is the man. This is a soul food place of limited ambiance except for the fact its real. If you sit outside you can see folks walking by, waiting for the bus or see Amtrak go. Killer stewed tomatoes, excellent... More

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Izmir Turkey
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82 reviews 82 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Late dinner here. Place was packed with locals inside and out. Our entrees were fried chicken that was as good as any we have ever had, and the pork ribs which we're fall-off-the-bone tender. For sides we had excellent collards and OK Mac and cheese and OK red beans and rice. Dessert was the grilled donuts with ice cream. This... More

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London, United Kingdom
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162 reviews 162 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Okay, so it’s a soul food greasy spoon. But for us it was all about the experience and the super friendly staff (and those stewed tomatoes, one of the only veggie-friendly options after corn on the cob). And at least now we can say we’ve been to C-Ville.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The fried chicken was phenomenal! The owner was friendly & engaging & we enjoyed visiting with the regulars, too. We'll definitely return on our next visit to Charlottesville.

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Columbus, NJ
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This was our second time at Mel's. This place is becoming a tradition every time we come to Cville. Their good is simple but absolutely delicious! Their fried chicken is crispy, juicy and finger lickin good. The owners are so nice. They make you feel welcome.

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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78 reviews 78 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Wow!! We had a great lunch at this wonderful example of southern cooking. This is a place not to be missed and make sure you go hungry! My family of four had lunch here on a Saturday in August and loved it. Two of us had fried chicken and two of us had open face, hot roast beef sandwiches. For... More

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7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We tried this after seeing the great reviews. Wow was it good! The family is nice and polite, brought our food to us. Even though you order at the counter and we ate outside at the bistro tables we got real plates and forks. I got the fried fish which was a little fishy for me but the rest of... More

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