Couple of things. First is that I was going through a list of area restaurants and saw “Mel’s Diner” and thought, “I must go there! It’s named Mel’s!” Wouldn’t you? Second, Mel’s is located in Raynham at 686 Broadway. The question is, “How do you pronounce Raynham?” Is it rain-ham or rain-um? Discuss. Once again a rainy day and a bit of a ride could not dampen the great conversation on the way there. First impressions are very important and the first thing we noticed entering Mel’s was that it was full of people! Usually, because Ray and I go out a little later than the normal breakfast crowd, there are plenty of seats for us. Second thing we noticed was that everyone, and I mean everyone, looked up at us when we came in the room. I’m used to a lot of attention from my huge fan base but Ray was a little uncomfortable. Any place with that many regulars has got to be pretty good. I got my current usual; the hash benedict. Coffee came early and often and was better than average. I’m finding that I like the second cup better than the first each time we go out. Anyone have a theory? Are my taste buds adjusting? I’m serious. The waitress was great! The only one I saw during this busy time yet she greeted us quickly, served us coffee and took our order in quick succession. She also put up with Ray. Nuff said. So. Look at the picture. Again, why is my helping of homefries smaller than Ray’s? Hmmmmmm. I liked the homefries very much. They weren’t all that crispy but were evenly well cooked and spiced lightly but nicely…I didn’t have to add salt! Enjoyed them as they were. The benny, not so much. The hash was ok but not very flavorful and the hollandaise didn’t seem to have any flavor at all. I mentioned to Ray that the overwhelming taste was that of the English muffin. I don’t know if was toasted too long but there was definitely a strong flavor which overrode that of the other components of the benny. Oh well. Despite this, though, I liked Mel’s. It doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not. Nothing fancy and nothing fancy on the menu. We’ve had better meals but this was a good solid breakfast…just, for me, an English muffin between ok and good. So, coffee a, 7 homefries a 6 1/2 and the meal a 5.5 which averages 6.3
Not a home run today, maybe a long double. A nice homey restaurant just down the road in Raynham, Mel’s fit the bill this morning. Sometimes breakfast with Mike can be an adventure, like when he took me to a great restaurant in Norton that was a paint store, or one in Riverside that was closed, permanently, or when the place he chose happens to be closed on Monday and he says he doesn’t have a backup. Well he was all set today with his choice of breakfast places. I almost missed it when we were driving, as it is set in a small strip mall, and the sign was black with light colored lettering. Mike said it was my old eyes. My eyes are fine, and I can still walk up stairs. About Mel’s. It was a little strange on entering, as the place was crowded and almost everyone turned to look to see who came in. I thought we were crashing a private party. A very nice décor, simple, with plenty of seats and a few counter places. Looks like a real favorite of the locals. Several specials on the chalkboards but I stuck with the veggie omelet. I have to have several sips of coffee before I can tell how good it is ( meaning, do I want refills ) and Mel’s has a nice, above average coffee, and we were served refills quickly. Tough to do justice with one home fry, but 23 pounds later, I think I’ll keep at it. Unlike a restaurant we visited two weeks ago, The Restaurant in Warren, the potatoes lacked an crisp. They had seasoning, probably mostly paprika and salt, with butter on the flattop, and so had a decent flavor. My omelet was nicely prepared, and it had a slight crisp to the bottom. I liked that. Also, the veggies were very nicely mixed in with the egg. I especially liked the spinach which was folded into the eggs and therefore you got the flavor of the spinach without having leftovers ‘bedding down’ between your teeth. Coffee,6; home fries, 7; meal,8; Overall 7. Good job Mel’s, hope my Raynham daughter and her family give it a try.