Some of the best fried chicken I ever had! Great little diner. Only 8 tables inside. Patio seating outside. Highly recommended.
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We ate at Mel's on a move-in day at UVA when we were exhausted and starving. I had one of the most delicious lunches I've had in a long time. I ordered a hamburger and coleslaw. Both were made perfectly. Others in our party had...More
Let me start by saying that I am a chef. As in, for a living. And you know what? MEL'S CAFE ROCKS. It is such a throwback it is pure delight. Soul food, The guys running it are so nice and old school, the food...More
Man, this place is tiny! And somehow I lucked out upon one of 3, I think, the parking spots for it. And it wasn't crowded at all when we got there about 5:30 on a weeknight. The gods were shining down on us. Because they...More
Suprised as Tripadvisor usually never fails me. I felt like I could have made the same food at home. My husband got the "best chopped chef salad in town". It wasn't the best he had ever had by a long shot. Very scarce seating so...More
The place is cozy as there are only a few tables inside. The owners make you feel at home and the food is incredible. The fried chicken is fantastic and isn't greasy. Red beans and rice are flavorful and my wife loved the mashed potatoes...More
Visited Thomas Jefferson's home and needed a place for lunch. I found this little "gem" on TA. I was intrigued by the pictures of fried chicken and sides. It reminded me of home. We decided to set out to find it in Charlottesville. It is...More
We ate dinner at Mel's Cafe in May 2017. It has a great location near downtown Charlottesville VA. The inside is very crowded and casual, with family photos decorating the walls. Prices are VERY inexpensive. You order at the counter, then the friendly staff serves...More
Mel's Cafe is ALWAYS bustling! Parking is nearly impossible to find, but if you do, it's worth it! Everything I have tried, I have loved. Get a taste of local culture and cuisine with a trip to Mel's Cafe in downtown Charlottesville.