Mel's Burger Bar

Mel's is a wonderful concept, offering a high quality and fun menu which features whimsical treats like fried pickles, burgers topped with spinach dip, and booze spiked milk shakes! 

Located on Broadway, just steps away from Columbia's campus, Mel's has earned quite the reputation with their "all you can eat wings" on Monday nights, $2 bloody mary's during their weekend brunch, and their delicious menu full of comfort food! 

The wings are great! I think I've had them on every trip to Mels! 

And...if you have fried pickles on your menu, there's an 90% chance I'm ordering them!

Now for the burgers....

Mel’s has several suggested “burgerlicious combinations” all made with Pat LaFrieda premium beef (Pat LaFrieda is a local family owned meat purveyor who have gained an amazing reputation in NYC). Some of these featured burgers include: 

“The Original Burger” made on white toast as a homage to the Louis' Lunch burger -- the self proclaimed creator of the hamburger

“The California Burger”  with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, avocado, monterey jack, and house sauce 

“The Cowboy Burger” with cheddar cheese, chili, onion strings, mushrooms, BBQ sauce! 

You can also choose from an impressive list of sauces, toppings, and cheeses to create your own masterpiece! 

On this particular occasion, I went with the sliders....They were perfect!

My friend went with the burger loaded with spinach dip, and she loved it!


To wash it all down, there are 18 different beers on tap, ten different bottled beers, and five different cans, not to mention an impressive menu of shakes, boozie or not! 

Another cool thing...if you're up for sharing beer, Mel's doesn’t offer pitchers but instead reusable 32 or 64 ounce growlers of beer. (very green!) 

Seating is nice and roomy and they have a great bar area up front! With Mel's just steps away from our apartment, we've been several times and I'm sure we'll go several more!

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