Mel’s Diner: A Review

Logo for Mels Diner in Pigeon Forge TN

Location: 119 Wear Valley Rd. Pigeon Forge, TN

Phone: 865.429.21.84

Hours: 7AM-1AM Daily



I noticed Mel’s Diner when I was filling up with gas, tucked away back off the Parkway. It has been a long time since I had seen let alone eaten in a Great American authentic Diner so this was a must for yesterday evening.

It was all there, from the shiny chrome building and neon sign to the photo’s of old classic American cars in the windows, now I am really getting excited!!

Picture of Exterior Chrome building boxcar in Pigeon Forge TN

I walk in and to my left there is a huge gum ball machine. To my right is an old style working juke box.

Interior of Mels Diner Pigeon Forge TN showing jukebox and huge gumball machine as well as checkered floor

In front of me I am greeted by the friendliest of hosts, who showed me to my table. Across the black and white checkered floor, chrome ceilings with neon strips, photo’s of old cars and singers.

checkered floor inside Mels Diner Pigeon Forge TN

I did not think they could get any more authentic until I seen it…….. There it was on the wall in front of me above the window a sign reading “Kiss My Grits”!!!! AWESOME!!

Interior Mels Diner Pigeon Forge TN Kiss my Grits sign and handpainted windows of old ford trucks

Mels Diner Pigeon Forge TN menu side 1

Mels Diner Pigeon Forge TN backside of menu featuring desserts

My waitress was timely and very friendly, she took my drink order and brought it back straight away. I ordered the “Chubby Checker Cheeseburger” and fries. When she took my order I decided this would be a great opportunity to book my ticket for a show later that evening. I was on the phone for less than 2 minutes and my food arrived, I could not believe how quickly I received my food as the diner was busy. It tasted delicious and the portion size was big. Very satisfying.

Mels Diner Pigeon Forge TN Chubby Checker Cheeseburger large portions

Apparently I heard you have to try the “Banana Split” here.  Please keep in mind I devoured my burger.

Mels Diner Pigeon Forge TN Dessert menu stand on table featuring banana splits

3 scoops are harmless, right?  How difficult could it be to finish one?

Mels Diner Pigeon Forge TN 3 scoop banana split with cherry

I quickly realized this should be shared with 3 people.  Yes, I only got the one with 3 scoops.  A family of 5 could easily eat the 6 scoop one.  Here is my pathetic attempt to finish it.

Mels Diner Pigeon forge TN half eaten 3 scoop banana split.


Great Food, fantastic service and good prices matched by the decor in this truly Authentic American experience.

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