First Look at Updated Menu for Mel’s Drive-In at Universal Studios Florida

Shannen Ace

Mel’s Drive-In at Universal Studios Florida is getting closer to reopening, after a seven-month closure. Mel’s initially closed for an interior refurbishment back in July 2023, but the plastic has finally come down from the windows, offering us a glimpse at the restaurant’s updated interior and new menu.

Mel’s Drive-In Updated Menu

An updated menu board inside Mel's Drive-In.

While we couldn’t read all the menu details through the windows, a new Mel’s Drive-In menu was briefly posted on the Universal Orlando Resort website a few weeks ago. Though it almost immediately disappeared, we did screenshot the menu and have been waiting to confirm it was correct. We’ve compared it to the screen menu.

Another updated menu board inside Mel's Drive-In.

Chili Cheese Hot Dog

1/4 lb 100% beef dog sliced and grilled with chopped onions and chili cheese sauce on a poppyseed bun

Big Bopper Burger

Beef patty with cheddar cheese, bacon strips, and onion rings topped with barbecue

Crispy Chicken Fingers

Flash-fried chicken fingers served with choice of dipping sauce

Mel’s Famous Burger

Beef patty with cheddar cheese, pickles, secret sauce, lettuce, and tomato on a toasted sesame seed bun

Vegan Field Roast Chili Dog

Three-bean chili with lentils, hominy, chopped onions, and vegan cheddar cheese on a poppyseed bun

California Cobb Salad

Lettuce, applewood smoked bacon, crispy chicken breast, green onions, egg, tomato, blue cheese crumbles, and avocado ranch dressing

Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Hand-breaded chicken breast, lettuce, tomato, and avocado ranch on a sesame seed bun

Three signs inside detailing desserts that will be available.

We could not see a list of desserts, but these papers appeared to display information on how to prepare a vanilla shake, cookies and cream pie, and apple pie.

The menu screens are small, so there may be some other items we couldn’t make out. Prices weren’t clear, either, so be sure to stay tuned for more details when the restaurant reopens.

Circus McGurkus at Islands of Adventure just reopened from their refurbishment with a delicious new menu, so we’re looking forward to trying everything Mel’s Drive-In has to offer when they reopen. Keep an eye out for our review soon!

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