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Posted by Rich D on 09/20/2012
I have been going to the Melrose for over 50 years. The new owner replaced the former instant potato's with fresh peeled potato's. The canned soups with freshly made soup. The whipped chemical that was called ice cream with real ice cream. He also expanded the line of steak products and general menu items. The booths that were shared with strangers were replaced with traditional diner booths. It seems that some just don't like change, even if it benefits the patrons! What is lacking, is the fact that the owner has not exhibited the marketing skills necessary to promote the changes that were made.
Posted by Ira on 12/11/2011
I have been going to the Melrose for some time. The new owner let the the old place get dirty and dingy. He then gutted what was one of the most unique and wonderful spaces in any diner in philly. He redid it ugly. He also got rid of the classic waitresses so they're gone. Now the food was never great, as the was Melrose mostly being known for baked goods but some of the specialties were ok. Interestingly the new owner did not improve the food at all and actually lowere the quality. So now what Philly has is a shell of a great diner and poor diner food. Not progress!
Posted by Linda on 09/06/2011
I've lived in SP over 60 yrs., so I have eaten at Melrose alot over the yrs. The people who own it now are much nicer. The staff is very friendly. When you call to place an order they are pleasant and very patient. I'm also glad they changed the seating. Keep up the good service and good food.
Posted by Kristine P on 08/07/2011
Melrose has the best butter cream cakes of any bakery. I am a food snob and I do not as a rule eat bakery cakes because I do not like the icing. I refuse to have a birthday without a melrose diner buter cream cake. I absolutly love this cake. I sometimes come from City Avenue for two slices but on my birthday I have to have a whole cake to share. The two slices are never shared.
Posted by raven on 09/03/2008
Alas, the old Melrose is gone, sold to those who are determined to bring the diner into the 21st century, but in the process are killing it. The menu is in a state of flux, so the old Melrose favorites are quickly disappearing. Even the toast is no longer Pepperidge Farm. You get more food with the new ownership, 3 veggies instead of two with a platter, but if you crave quality, all you're getting here is mediocre diner food these days. Hurry, because the pastry is still top notch, but not much else.
Posted by Jeff H on 07/02/2008
There is no place like home, unless your in Melrose Diner. Three (3) words...Dessert, Dessert, Dessert! Butter Creme cake is the truth!