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Mel's Drive-In at Universal Studios Florida


Take a step back in time to the 1950s with a quick service meal at Mel's Drive-In. Located in the Hollywood section of Universal Studios Florida, this American Graffiti-inspired 50s drive-in features oldies on the jukebox and has a fleet of vintage cars parked out front. Inside you'll find vinyl booths with tabletop jukeboxes and there's also outdoor seating options.

This retro restaurant serves up classic diner fare for lunch and dinner like burgers and fries, chicken fingers, onion rings and milkshakes. You'll also find one of the 20 Coca-Cola Freestyle locations at this restaurant. If you haven't already, you can purchase a Coca-Cola Freestyle Souvenir Cup that gives you refills throughout the day or you can add an extra day of refills to your already purchased Freestyle Souvenir Cup. For guests 21 and up, Mel's also serves bottled beer. 
Vinyl booth with plexiglas dividers
Tabletop jukebox
Outdoor seating
Coca-Cola Freestyle machines
On our recent visit, I ordered the Chicken Fingers Platter and my husband ordered the Grilled Chicken Sandwich. We both made our platters a combo with fries and a regular shake. The chicken fingers were what you would expect of theme park chicken fingers so no complaints here! My husband thought his sandwich was just okay. The grilled chicken was a healthier option than my fried chicken fingers but it lacked some flavor. Since my visit to Mel's, I've heard great things about the BBQ Brisket Burger so I plan on trying that menu item on my next visit. 
Mel's Drive In is available for Mobile Food & Drink Ordering through the Universal Orlando Resort App. If you aren't sure how to place a mobile order, check out this great video and step by step instructions on the Universal website. We used the mobile ordering on our visit and found it really easy to use and super convenient! The Universal Dining Plan is accepted at this restaurant and requires the use of 1 Quick-Service Meal which includes 1 entree and 1 non-alcoholic beverage. 
The hours of operation vary so check the restaurant, Universal Orlando Resort App or see Guest Services for details.

Mel's Drive In is a great option if you're looking for a quick service meal with some 1950s nostalgia.  

*Photos were taken in September 2020 with COVID-19 safety guidelines in place.

Ashley is a Hufflepuff who loves rollercoasters and thrill rides. You can email Ashley at ashley@kingdomkonsultant.com.

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