Mel's Drive-In

*This dining experience took place in October 2015.

Mel’s Drive-In is a quick service restaurant located at Universal Studios Orlando and offers burgers and fries. Themed after the original Mel’s Drive-In in the movie American Graffiti, Mel’s is completely 50s themed, with juke-box tunes to keep you going.

On this particular visit, I stopped by during the 2015 Universal Halloween Horror Nights. Brandon and I had Frequent Fear passes for the entire Halloween Horror Nights season and had dinner in the park several times. I had great luck with the Leaky Cauldron at Diagon Alley and not so great luck at Louie’s Italian Restaurant, so we were hoping that Mel’s Drive-In would at least have a safe burger option.

When I arrived, a Team Member told me that I could get a burger on a gluten free bun and French fries. At most Universal locations the French fries are not safe (as they are not fried in a dedicated fryer), and I was told that the ones served at Mel’s Drive-In are considered safe.

Mel's Drive-In

Photo Taken by Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW

Because I’ve been re-introducing a bit of dairy in my diet, I did get cheese on my burger. The cheeseburger itself was not very good. And the bun was absolutely dry and crumbly. Universal Studios uses Udi’s Gluten Free buns, so I was surprised at how dry it was.

The French fries were just OK but really nothing special.

Unfortunately, I did end up getting sick from Mel’s Drive-In. I’m still not sure what made me sick, though I do suspect that it was the French fries. I’m guessing they don’t have a dedicated fryer, despite the assurance that they were safe.

Because there are some other great options in the park, I will definitely skip Mel’s Drive-In in the future and head to the Leaky Cauldron or other locations with safer options.

Have you been to Mel’s Drive-In at Universal Studios Orlando? 

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