Mel’s Drive-In-Various Locations
What: Mel’s Drive-In
Where: Various Locations
For: All Ages
Mel’s Drive-In is a 50’s-themed diner on the Sunset Strip that we found while searching for somewhere to eat in the West Hollywood area. Mel’s Diner was the restaurant what was featured in the film American Graffitti, and since then, the diner has expanded to include multiple locations in the Southern California area.
When you arrive at the West Hollywood location, you pull up to park around one of the last googie buildings in Los Angeles. This is the only location that is open 24-hours-a-day 7-days-a-week. Mel’s is continuously shows in TV spots, commercials and movies. The iconic drive-in, although not in use, can be seen in the parking stalls and outer set-up of the diner.
The vibe of Mel’s can be seen by the structure of the building. Guests are greeted with a neon jukebox upon walking in. There are souvenirs available for sale at the cashier’s. We decided to sit at the bar of the diner. The wait staff were all uniformed in 50’s-themed attire. The menu was so long that we had a hard time deciding what to order, but the food came out quickly. At each of the seating areas was a small table jukebox that allows patrons to pick which song they would like to hear in the restaurant.
The food was ended up being better than expected. Ethan ordered a burger, and I ordered eggs benedict. Both entrees tasted great, and we couldn’t help but order a chocolate malt at the end of our meal. The malt came in a classic shake-glass with the left overs offered to us in a metal cup. We inhaled everything that was put in front of us, and we left with our stomachs full.
The crowd at Mel’s consisted of a large mix of people. There were a lot of guests taking pictures of the diner both inside and outside. Keep in mind that guests can pay by walking up to the cashier after the meal. There was also no line when we arrived, but I can imagine that the diner would be busier particularly on weekends in the evening.
Mel’s was very affordable. For two entrees, two drinks and dessert we ended up paying $50. The cost was definitely worth the experience of visiting this iconic Hollywood landmark.
Mel’s Drive-In Information
8585 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
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