There are quite a few theme-type restaurants in Branson, some hokier than others. Mel’s Hard Luck Diner is hokey, but fun. Simple home cooking with a twist – all the servers are singers- really good ones. Most of the servers are actors and performers in many of the Broadway-style productions in Branson. A few have even made on to The Voice and American Idol. These servers sing for your supper.
And the supper is good. I found myself staring at an oversized Peanut Butter, Banana and Caramel sandwich, seemed like the thing to do in a town full of Elvis impersonators. I admit that I have never had one of Elvis favorite Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich until now, and I was impressed.
Add a side of fries and I had a filling and delicious lunch.
My companion had the fried fish sandwich- pretty simple but tasty. A nice side of tater tots made it just like home back in grade school. At least that’s the last time I personally had a tater tot.
The real fun was when the servers would randomly break into song. And suddenly the restaurant has turned into a singers showcase. And these servers can sing.
Mel’s Hard Luck Diner is in the middle of Branson’s shopping strip so you can shop while waiting for a table. Attached directly to the diner is a store with tourist t-shirts, hats and vintage candy and soda. It was fun exploring.
I highly recommend a meal at Mel’s Hard Luck Diner – whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner. The entertainment value alone is worth the effort and the food isn’t half bad either. 4 1/2 out of 5 sprouts.