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“Great, Fun place - but stick to the diner food”
Review of The Original Mels

The Original Mels
Ranked #14 of 121 Restaurants in Placerville
Cuisines: American
Restaurant details
Campbell, California
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great, Fun place - but stick to the diner food”
Reviewed 5 August 2013

This was a fun spot - much like Johnny Rockets etc only much more authentic. Stick to the diner food (burgers, fries, shakes) and you will be golden - my husband ordered a rib eye steak and it was not good at all (lesson learned) but my pastrami reuben and my daughter's french dip were yummy and the soups were amazing (had the clam chowder and chicken noodle - i understand the tomatoe is world class but served only on Thurs). Service was a bit spotty but ok.

  • Visited August 2013
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JMFPEDS
Level 6 Contributor
115 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Fine for breakfast”
Reviewed 24 July 2013

This is a classic style American diner, with the pictures on the walls relating to American Graffiti, for which it was apparently the basis for the dinner in the film (although there are no longer carhops on roller skates). We had omelets and French Toast, both done just fine. We did not have time to walk around, but on a pleasant day the city seemed an attractive one to stroll through if you are not on a hurry to be somewhere else

  • Visited July 2013
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Los Banos
Level 6 Contributor
280 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Tops for Fast Food”
Reviewed 11 June 2013

Super busy at 1pm. Still, it had great service. The Reubens were great. I wish there were more than 12 of these. Placerville is the closest to us. Its a drive to get here, but, its worth it.

  • Visited June 2013
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Placerville, California
Level 6 Contributor
333 reviews
227 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“It's Mels!”
Reviewed 12 May 2013

Even though got sick,from the oriental,salad..they have good desserts..don't expect much,,,have not been back for food.

Visited May 2013
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Thank lewis k
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Minden, NV
Level 6 Contributor
613 reviews
397 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 294 helpful votes
“Consistently good”
Reviewed 11 April 2013

Good place to stop while driving from SF to Lake Tahoe. Casual place, casual food - but consistently good. Perfect place to enjoy a scoop of ice creme after your meal too!

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Sharron G
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