Saturday, October 12, 2013
THE ORIGINAL MELS
The nights are becoming longer with the daylight hours diminishing. A couple more minutes under those warm covers is becoming the norm. This is not the case when visions of hot coffee and pork chops and gravy are on your mind. I have no problem rising when I know we are continuing our mission to find the greatest pork chops in the land. Today's venture is 'The Original Mels Diner'. This is a national chain that has a fun 50's theme. We have one nearby that is open 24 hour a day in Pinole, California. Wipe your eyes and grab your coffee, we are going to Mels.
Inside Mels you are transformed to the movie set of 'American Graffiti". This place looks like a lot of fun. You almost expect to see Ritchie, Potsie and the Fonz sitting at a booth. The walls are decorated with 50's kitsch, Each booth has a console to pick and play songs from the juke box. Yes, I can actually remember these. The menu is huge with a standard 'All American' fair. This particular restaurant is open 24 hours and breakfast is served all the time. Pork Chops is what we came for. A bisquit and gravy can be chosen as a toast option. Now, you know I love this place already.
Our waitress was a study in efficiency and courteousy. Our meals were served very promptly. The pork chops looked great. They tasted mighty fine and you will hear no complaints from me. What really stood out was my bisquit and gravy. 'My oh My' A tender and flaky piping hot freshly baked pillow of comfort smothered in a sausage cream gravy. The bisquit was fantastic but the gravy had a balance of savory, salty and a tiny pinch of sweet that had me licking the plate to savor every last drop..
Mels is a fun place that we will return to. The pork chop was very decent and filled my craving. The bisquit and gravy was the real star of this meal. I think I may have to jump back under those warm covers.
The Original Mels