Mel's Diner

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What does “1950s diner” mean to you? If you picture big portions of home-cooking classics, served inside a gleaming chrome restaurant–you’ve found Mel’s Diner!

Since 1993, this family-owned Pigeon Forge favorite has dished up a huge menu from morning until midnight. Here’s what to expect at Mel’s.


Breakfast (served all day) includes egg dishes, omelets, biscuits and gravy, fluffy pancakes, and luscious French toast, plus all the breakfast sides like bacon, sausage, hash browns, and good old Southern grits.

Mel’s prides itself on 20 kinds of burgers and sandwiches! You’ll find juicy meatloaf, fried catfish, pork barbecue, fried bologna, and much more, tucked between fresh pieces of bread and rolls. Try unique burgers like the cajun burger, jalapeno burger, or chili burger.

Lunch and dinner feature hot entrees including beef tips, chicken and dumplings, pot roast, and country fried steak. Don’t forget your chicken noodle soup or chili, or a salad with chicken tenders or tuna salad heaped on crisp greens.


Just like a ‘50s diner, Mel’s has malts, floats, shakes, and sundaes for all the kids, and the grown-ups too. The specialty is the “Ultimate Banana Split,” with your choice of three or six scoops of ice cream nestled inside a banana and slathered with toppings, syrup, and whipped cream. Don’t fancy ice cream? Dig into a peach cobbler, hot fudge cake, or strawberry shortcake.


Mel’s is in the heart of Pigeon Forge, making it the ideal spot for fueling up before, during, and after your day of fun. This shiny diner with the red neon sign is just five to 15 minutes from most attractions, including Dollywood.

Heading to The Island for theme park rides and shopping? First, stop for a hearty breakfast at Mel’s. Just spent the morning at the Titanic Museum Attraction? Mel’s is a short drive down the Parkway, so come relax over lunch. Before you go out for an evening of laser tag and go-karts at Lazer Port Fun Center, grab dinner at Mel’s, or drop in for a late-night sundae when you’re done.


Mel’s is open from 7 a.m. until midnight, seven days a week, serving the full menu. You can eat pancakes at 10 p.m. or have a cheeseburger for breakfast.