Monday, November 3, 2008
Mel's Diner - Rocklin, CA
6708 Lone Tree Blvd
Rocklin, CA 95677
For Rocklin all-nighters, you have two options: Denny's or Mel's Diner...take your pick! Denny's is more visible and located right off I-80 and Rocklin Road and Mel's is off Hwy 65 and Blue Oaks (near Chevys and Carls Jr.)
This Mel's is pretty new, the food seems to be better than the Roseville Mel's on Douglas, but the service is worse here (unless the manager happens to wait on you, he's friendly and very accommodating).
Burgers...they're okay if you compare them to Denny's, but compared to non-24-hour-joints, they're pretty mediocre at best.
Shakes...YUM! Chocolate is my middle name.
Chicken Quesadilla...it's usually pretty good (I get it on a wheat tortilla) but the salsa leaves a lot to be desired (think Pace with less flavor).
Tuna Melt...yuk. Dry bread, warmed tuna, room-temperature cheese. Do they not understand the meaning of M-E-L-T???!!!
Corned Beef Hash...very different than your typical corned beef hash, you either like it or you don't. I don't like it. It's chunks of meat, not "hash" and it's not as flavorful. Eggs are good, though.
1 star for being 24-hours, 1 star for chocolate shakes and 1 star for 50's diner ambiance. Oh, and bring your jacket...they keep it freeeeeezing in there!