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Mel's Diner

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American, Diner, Barbecue
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6684 Caratoke Hwy, Grandy, NC 27939-9623
+1 252-457-1010
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7:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Wed - Mon 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Leamington, Canada
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Traveling to the OBX we stopped here for lunch and enjoyed today's specials taco salad and pork roast. Sweet little retro 50s style roadside diner. Desserts looked great but we were stuffed with lunch. Good diner food at a reasonable price and even a dog biscuit for our fur baby who had to wait in the car while we had... More 

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Thank cola6769
Harrisonburg, Virginia
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30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On our way home from the OBX we stopped at Mel's for breakfast with friends. It's a retro diner-style restaurant with a feel of the 50's and 60's. Although the breakfast menu wasn't as extensive as most of the diners we've visited it was certainly diverse enough to let everyone find something that would work for them. I appreciated that... More 

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Luray, Virginia
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50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Mel's is a really neat looking place we have past by for several years. We finally stopped for lunch on our way to the OBX area. The service was very friendly and the inside of the diner is very retro and well kept, but the food tasted like your frozen, heat up and throw on a plate type, very tasteless.... More 

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Southern Shores, North Carolina
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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great retro atmosphere and delicious food here. Both breakfast and lunch are highly recommended. We haven't done dinner but I'd bet its great too. Service is very timely and friendly also

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016 via mobile

My family & I have eaten here multiple times. While the food has never been amazing, we have returned because of the atmosphere and friendly service. We usually have Ella (I think that's her name) as our waitress & she's very sweet. This last visit was very disappointing. Our waitress was extremely rude and inattentive. When I told her my... More 

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Thank babblinbrunett
Tucson, Arizona
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

Great place to stop for breakfast, lunch or whatever. Simple good food that takes you back.The service was friendly and good. Diner decor and simple tasty food.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

My boyfriend and I stopped at Mel's Diner as we were leaving the OBX after an awesome week at the beach. We realized pretty quickly that there weren't tons of options so I was thrilled to see Mel's pop up on my maps. We pulled up and the building itself was really cute and the parking lot was packed. I... More 

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Arlington, VA
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

We were looking for a different restaurant at lunch on the way back from the Outer Banks and came across this retro looking diner. We decided to try it. What a good decision that was! The ambience was 50's-ish, the servers were attentive and friendly, the burger I had was great, and the other food that passed by looked wonderful... More 

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Thank Bassluvr
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

We stopped at this family friendly diner on our way home from Corolla. Food was great. Service was fantastic. Drinks were out immediately. We had a party of 12 and didn't have to wait very long at all. I was very impressed that our server took our kids order and put their order in first. She did that on her... More 

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Thank Kristina B
Annapolis, MD
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47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

The people were friendly and breakfast was wonderfull! Good pancakes, french toast, and breakfast burrito. Portions are big!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$13
Cuisine
American, Diner, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Kids, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6684 Caratoke Hwy, Grandy, NC 27939-9623
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Grandy
  • Phone Number: +1 252-457-1010
Description
Mel's is famous for delicious old fashioned hand crafted milkshakes customized for you in an abundance of flavor choices, our wide selections of great classic sandwiches, Mel and Flo burgers, specialty salads, home cooked dinners, kid's menu, constantly changing daily special and much more! Save room for dessert: try our hand scooped jumbo banana split! Family friendly dining at a reasonable price. Step back in time to our authentic 50's style diner. Stop in...You'll be glad you did!

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