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Mel’s Drive-In wasn’t exactly on our radar, but when we saw it on the iconic Sunset Strip, we decided it was our kind of place. We’d spent the morning checking out Hollywood, and now we were ready to explore other areas nearby that we’d seen on TV and at the movies. So while we were in the vicinity, we needed to find some great food so we could refuel for the rest of the day’s adventures. And that’s exactly what we did.

Mel’s Drive-In

Mel's Drive-In Los Angeles

If you’re looking for nostalgia, this place has plenty! It’s like taking a step back in time. We were seated at a booth, and we loved taking in all the details, including watching the cooks behind the counter.

Booth at Mel's Drive-In Los Angeles

After we placed our drink orders, it was time to find some tunes on the tableside jukebox.

Booth at Mel's Drive-In Los Angeles

We went with music from the Grease soundtrack. It wasn’t long when Kristin’s made-to-order cookies and cream shake was ready. Yum!

Shake at Mel's Drive In

In fact, all of the food was ready quickly. Jeff went for a plain hamburger with fries. Perfect!

Hamburger at Mel's Drive-In

I stepped a little outside the box and had a chicken taco salad. So good! And no, I couldn’t finish it. Not even close.

Taco salad Mel's Drive In

Kristin got a kids’ meal with chicken strips. It came in an adorable convertible!

Kids' Meal at Mel's Drive-In

Exploring the Sunset Strip

After we stuffed ourselves at Mel’s Drive-In, we set out to find some historic places. How can you not take a picture of the Whisky a Go Go? I had chills just thinking about the acts that have played there.

Whisky a-Go-Go

We also saw The Viper Room. Again, chills for this Midwest girl who’d never been to Los Angeles.

The Viper Room, Los Angeles

How about The Comedy Store?

The Comedy Store, Los AngelesSince our nine-year-old was with us, we didn’t see any shows at these venues. Maybe we can come back when she’s older.

We had fun just seeing the sights and enjoying the vibe on Sunset Boulevard, even if it was early afternoon. Here is Amoeba Music, the world’s largest independent music store.

Sunset Strip LA

Here’s Capital Records.

Capital Records, Los Angeles

They sure make billboards huge in Los Angeles!

Los Angeles

Disney fans will appreciate this sight.

Hollywood Tower

And no, we didn’t stop to take the elevator.

Hollywood Tower

We spent a fun couple of hours exploring the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. From here we went to Griffith Observatory to see the Hollywood Sign. You can read more about that here.  If you find yourself in Los Angeles, set aside some time to check out the sights along the Sunset Strip!

Mel's Drive In and the Sunset Strip
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  1. I love historic places…especially those that serve food. That salad looks awesome as does the rest of the food.

  2. Oh I wish I knew you guys were here! I would have loved to have met up with yoU!!!

  3. My children would love the jukebox and those kids meals. Awesome!

    We have never been to L.A. I would love to wander the Sunset Strip someday!

    • Stacey Reply

      It was pretty cool to see all those iconic places that I’ve only read about or seen in movies!

  4. Looks like you had an amazing time! I love your pictures and the smiles! Thank you for sharing your journey!

  5. Oh my gosh, the food looks so good and the Sunset Strip looks so fun!! Glad I could at least live through your photos! ?

  6. Now this would be a great place to visit! What a blast into the past!

  7. I love love to visit places like this. It felt like a Blast from the Past!

  8. Mel’s looks so cute and fun! The convertible was a nice touch. The Sunset Strip is a place I would love to explore.

  9. Great pictures! My favorite was Mel’s Diner. That car meal was too cute! I wonder if they’d let me order a kids’ meal… 🙂

  10. I love visiting diners whenever we are traveling if we happen to come across one. There is something about the nostalgia and the history and the look! Thank you for sharing!

  11. How fun and yummy! I’d definitely stop in there too! That kids meal in the convertible car is so cool!

  12. Suzan | It's My Sustainable Life Reply

    Love diner food! We enjoy quite a few here in NE that are pretty historical.

  13. Angela | Mean Green Chef Reply

    Such a fun dining experience, sunset strip is a blast! We’ll be sure to check out Mel’s next time we pass through, thanks for sharing 🙂

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