Having a bad day? Mel’s Burger Bar knows what to do.
This classic burger bar is furnished with a black and white checkered floor, red vinyl booths, and its name in shining lights (not that you’d ever forget it) to make you feel right at home. The menu is stacked with a wide variety of burgers — both traditional and adventurous, but all drool-worthy. Located in Morningside Heights in New York City, local residents and nearby Columbia University students know that nothing cures a bad mood like a Widowmaker.
With the personal philosophy of "you can never have too much of a good thing," the magicians at Mel’s take freshly ground 100 percent Black Angus beef, cook it to perfection, and serve it on a potato bun with some of its best friends: gooey macaroni and cheese and crispy bacon.
The patty itself is so juicy and well-seasoned that I’ve often found myself more than satisfied with a plain cheeseburger on a regular day. Fortunately for my taste buds, things like finals and writing deadlines mean I’m bringing out the big guns. (Let’s be honest, I also pull them out for things like, "It’s Tuesday!" or "I passed a Starbucks and didn’t walk in!")
Regardless of the occasion, sandwiching a patty with oozing macaroni and cheese and sizzling bacon guarantees you’ll be flying in a comfort-food high for hours.
Or perhaps a food coma.
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