Not Your NorMEL Diner

Chad Gallivanter/ Orange Rocket Post

Our Rating

8 Our Score

Collin Anderson/News Editor

This week, The Avion Newspaper changed it up a bit and decided to review breakfast food at Mel’s Diner.

Mel’s Diner is located in the same plaza as Tomoka Brewing Company in Port Orange and is one of the area’s local secrets. Mel’s is open for breakfast at 7 a.m. and closes after lunch at 2 p.m. Upon entering, you are greeted with the sound of many people enjoying, not only their food, but also the company of those around them. The restaurant is of decent size but seems smaller because the place is constantly packed through breakfast. The walls of the restaurant are covered with various different posters and pictures of people like Elvis Presley all the way through the Three Stooges, who take up the back wall.  Everywhere you looked there was something new to see, this includes Mel’s coffee mugs which interestingly enough had ads printed on the sides. The atmosphere is comfortable and informal, everyone is there to enjoy amazing food and have kind staff fill their coffee cups. Not only will your server come check on you various times throughout the meal, but other staff will too.

The servers waste no time greeting and seating you, and are extremely pleasant. The menu is nothing different from that of a typical diner, but that does not mean that they don’t make it delicious. Anything you can list off they can make, as long as it’s on their menu they will make any combination of meal for you. The two meals that we ordered to judge for this review were the French toast and the corned beef hash. The French toast was two pieces and was served with sunny side up eggs and hash-browns on the side. The corned beef hash came with two over easy eggs with hash-browns. Everything came out fresh and piping hot, including the coffee.

If this isn’t the kind of breakfast you’ve been yearning for after Sodexo’s breakfast food, I don’t know where you could possibly go. I would highly recommend going to Mel’s Dinner for breakfast any day of the week when you want a change up.

It will never get old and the breakfast food will always come piping hot with a smiling face holding it.