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“A Non-Chain Diner Experience 5 Minutes from Downtown Phoenix”
Review of Mel's Diner

Mel's Diner
Ranked #718 of 3,300 Restaurants in Phoenix
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

Mel’s Diner is 5 minutes and 1.8 miles from the Downtown Phoenix intersection of North 1st Avenue and West Washington Street. The Diner has a classic 50’s/Hollywood motif. The décor is a little worn but the wear gives it character (see the attached photo of the sign out front). The staff is friendly, hardworking and knows their regular customers very well. The reasonably priced menu offers basic diner fare with a large selection of breakfast items served all day. One of us went for breakfast food on a Wednesday at 12:15 PM. The clientele was primarily older workers and retirees. We have sampled variations of the classic American breakfast of Scrambled Eggs or Egg Whites, Bacon or Sausage and Potatoes in many cities and a number of states so one of us tried this diner’s offering for comparison (see the attached photo). The portions were hearty and everything was well done (total cost with tax $9.73). Of particular note, the hash browns were nice and crispy, and had a good flavor. The coffee was good, not bitter and refilled without asking (always appreciated). The interior has plenty of light and seating including a long counter. If you like diners, or like to occasionally, or frequently, eat at local restaurants that are NOT chains, this place is worth a try.

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Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

One of those places you need to visit just to say you've been there! They filmed the "Mel's Diner" TV series here. Food is pretty good but it's hard to screw up a scrambled egg. Open for breakfast and lunch!

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Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

My father in law always loved ALICE, so when they came to town we went for Sunday breakfast! What can I say a diner the tables and booths clean Service was prompt and so nice! All the breakfast we ordered were great! A large crowd of about 20 came in and without a blink they made a place for them!

Thank carmel11
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Reviewed 30 July 2016

Great nostalgic experience! Food holds it's own. Restaurant is not just a commodity. Staff is friendly. Can be busy so be patient. Middle of town by the Fairgrounds.

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Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

A good old diner from a time when service was friendly and fast and food was great! Located in an industrial area. This a favorite of all the locals.

Thank Paul U
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