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Mel's Cafe

719 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4570
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Ranked #13 of 455 restaurants in Charlottesville
Price range: $0 - $8
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91% Recommend
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English first
Middletown, Pennsylvania
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

I swear if I was a condemned man I would want my last meal from Mel's. Fried chicken is incredible. The whole meal was exceptional. Soul food at it's finest. Two people ate a ton of food with drinks for under $20. Mel and his wife are the most genuine, open-hearted folks I have met in a long time. Found... More

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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I'm temporarily working in Charlottesville and I wanted to take my boyfriend out to dinner when he came to visit me from Richmond. We are both early 20-somethings and like trying out unique places. When I showed him the photos of Mel's food on this site he instantly wanted to go. He had the open faced roast sandwich with a... More

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Willimantic, Connecticut
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50 reviews 50 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Good mom and pop style spot. Prices were incredibly reasonable. My husband loved his fried chicken. I really enjoyed the sweet potato pie and mac and cheese. The staff was really nice and we enjoyed sitting outside on a very nice evening. It's easy to drive by/miss this spot and it might be a bit tough to find parking....but it's... More

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Found Mel's on TripAdvisor and we're so glad we did! Don't pass up this "hole in the wall". It has Mel and he and his crew make the best fried chicken you'll ever have! They'll also make you feel right at home. It's a small place, with maybe 8 tables; nothing fancy. But the food is great! And the atmosphere... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014 via mobile

Whether it's a breakfast platter or the fried chicken dinners, Mel's brings diner food to a new level. You'll be sure to leave with a smile too, as service is always impeccable

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Charlotte, NC
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

We vacation each year in the Shenandoah Valley and have to go to the Charlottesville Airport. We checked for places to eat and after reading the reviews for Mel's gave it a try. This place was awesome. Our group tried a variety including, fried chicken, BLT, Steak and Cheese, burger, fries, onion rings and Mac and cheese. WOW. The fried... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014 via mobile

Amazing fried chicken and mac and cheese! Well let me rephrase, amazing everything! We look forward to eating at Mel's on the way back from NYC! It is the perfect ending to a culinary adventure! At first glance most would pass it by, but you would be sorry! The service is friendly and inviting, even the other diners (regulars) like... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

My family and I loved this food! If you want friendly service and food like mom use to make this is definitely the place. Will be our first stop next time we are in town!

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20 reviews 20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Had take out fried chicken for the football game. It was fast, very fairly priced and excellent. One of the best places to eat fried chicken. Staff very friendly

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Vienna, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

I wasn't wowed like some of the other reviews, but the folks were very friendly and the fried chicken was excellent. On the other hand, the mac and cheese was dry (maybe reheated?), and unfortunately they didn't have the sweet potato pie. In any case, worth the stop and better than going to a chain restaurant. Honest food.

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