Mel’s Diner loves serving its own community and Monroe County

ALICE ORTIZ/MONROE JOURNAL
MEL’S DINER – Melanie and Bobby Edwards, owners of Mel’s Diner in Smithville, are glad to be back in their new and larger restaurant after the devastating April 2011 tornado.

SMITHVILLE – Mel’s Diner first opened in July 1997. The first building was built from the ground up by Bobby Edwards, his dad, his son and Mel’s dad. The first building was blown away in the tornado that demolished Smithville on April 27, 2011.
“There was a lot of uncertainty after the tornado. We had people tell us that there weren’t enough people left in town for us to rebuild. We felt the Lord took care of us and the equipment we needed to start over, so that’s what we did,” Melanie said.
Melanie and Bobby opened their new building Nov. 29, 2011.
“The Lord has truly blessed us. The town and the surrounding communities have really come out to support us,” Bobby said.
Mel’s Diner offers many homemade dressings and sauces. They have a Special Recipe Chicken, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Pickle O’s. The restaurant carries fresh oysters and ribeye steaks. The Mississippi catfish are breaded with Mel’s Diner’s special breading.
A hot bar is available from 11 a.m. – until on Monday through Friday. The restaurant’s outstanding salad bar has 37 items from which customers can choose.
Breakfast is served from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. on Monday through Saturday.
They have a large dining room for private parties and still have some dates available for Christmas parties.
“Sunday is the Lord’s Day and we are closed that day. We invite you to come enjoy our family atmosphere and down-home cooking,” Melanie said.