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Mel's Hard Luck Diner

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines


  • Hours of operation


  • Phone number

    (417) 332-0150

  • Dress code

    Business Casual


Finger Snappin' Treats

Ask about our appetizer of the day! Great for starters and perfect for sharing! Choose two $12.99, Choose three $17.99

  • Onion Rings$7.99

    • Mozzarella Cheese Sticks$7.99

      • Cream Cheese Jalapeño Poppers$7.99

        • Chili Cheese Fries$7.99

          • Fried Green Beans$7.99

            • Sweet Potato Bites$7.99

              Splish Splash Soups

              • Soup or Salad and Sandwich$8.99

                Your choice of a cup of soup or a salad, and half of a sandwich (ham, turkey, chicken salad or grilled cheese)

                • Jimmy Cracked Corn Chicken Chowder$5.99

                  A bowl of our famous creamy corn and chicken chowder served with a corn muffin and crackers

                  • Soup of the Day$5.99

                    a bowl of our special soup of the day with a corn muffin and crackers on the side

                    • Ozark Hillbilly Chili$5.99

                      a bowl of our hearty diner-style chili with loads of meat, beans, spices and comes topped with cheese and chopped onion served with a corn muffin and crackers

                      Tossin' and Turnin' Salads

                      • Blue Suede Salad*$9.59

                        fresh lettuce with ham, turkey, eggs, tomato, cheese, cucumber, fresh bacon and croutons

                        • Groovin Grilled Chicken Salad*$9.59

                          grilled chicken breast, sliced almonds, eggs, tomato, cucumbers and croutons on a bed of fresh lettuce

                          • Sweet Sensations Salad*$9.50

                            mel's favorite salad! grilled chicken breast, almonds slivers, strawberries and mandarin oranges on a bed of fresh lettuce with raspberry vinaigrette dressing

                            • Southwest Chicken Salad*$9.59

                              your choice or grilled or fried chicken breast, sliced almonds, eggs, tomato, cucumbers and croutons on a bed of fresh lettuce.

                              • Garden Salad$8.59

                                fresh lettuce topped with tomato, red and green peppers, cucumbers, onions, carrots, croutons, cheese and sunflower seeds

                                • Homemade Chicken Salad*$8.59

                                  chunky chicken salad on a bed of fresh lettuce, served with fruit and crackers.

                                  Rockin' Wraps

                                  • Southwest Grill Chicken Wrap*$9.59

                                    grilled chicken, peppers, jalapenos, onions and corn seasoned with our chipotle dressing in a tortilla wrap, served with fries.

                                    • All Wrapped Up*$9.59

                                      your choice of turkey, ham or chicken with lettuce, tomato, cheese and our special fat-free cream cheese spread in a tortilla wrap, served with fruit slices.

                                      Hark Luck Burgers

                                      go for the big one! add an extra patty for $3.99, add a house salad or cup of soup to any burger or sandwich for $3.99

                                      • The American Burger*$9.99

                                        our original burger with american cheese served with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles on the side & served with fries

                                        • Sixteen Tons Chili Burger*$10.99

                                          emmanuel fountanini's favorite on his annual trip from italy to branson to showcase and sign his family's nativity designs. open-faced burger on a bun topped with tons of our nearly famous chili, cheddar cheese and chopped onions & served with fries

                                          • Hard Times Patty Melt*$10.99

                                            grilled marble rye, sautéed onions, two cheeses and our secret sauce, make this burger an old time favorite of our customers. served with fries

                                            • Hawaiian Burger*$11.99

                                              our delicious burger topped with grilled onion, bacon, swiss cheese and grilled pineapple. served with fries

                                              • Burger Shake Combo*$14.99

                                                enjoy our american burger and fries with your choice of one of our delicious hand dipped milkshakes

                                                • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes Burger*$10.99

                                                  smoked bacon and cheddar cheese top our burger with bbq sauce, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle on the side. served with fries

                                                  • Memory Maker Mushroom & Swiss*$10.99

                                                    grilled mushrooms and swiss cheese top your burger with lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion on the side. served with fries

                                                    • Mel's Hard Luck Pretzel Burger*$11.99

                                                      our half pound patty topped with sautéed onions, bacon and nacho cheese on our pretzel burger bun. served with fries

                                                      • Honky Tonk Hot Dog$8.99

                                                        our all beef nathan's world famous foot long hot dog with onion and relish on the side. served with fries

                                                        Sensational Sandwiches

                                                        • Grand Village Cheese Steak*$11.99

                                                          tender slices of roast beef smothered with onions, peppers, mushrooms and cheddar cheese. served on a sourdough hoagie roll with fries

                                                          • Hit the Road Jack Grilled Chicken*$10.99

                                                            boneless seasoned grilled chicken breast topped with swiss cheese and bacon on a whole wheat bun. served with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle on the side. served with fries

                                                            • Hawaiian Grilled Chicken*$10.99

                                                              boneless grilled chicken breast topped with grilled pineapple, our special seasoning, swiss cheese and bacon on a whole wheat bun. served with fries

                                                              • The Blt Classic$8.99

                                                                tons of smoked bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and mayo stacked between 3 slices of bread, served with chips

                                                                • Romeo Reuben*$9.99

                                                                  our best selling sandwich! our traditional corned beef reuben with swiss cheese, sauerkraut and our own secret sauce on marble rye. served with fries

                                                                  • Make it a Turkey Reuben$10.99
                                                                • Chick-A-Boom Croissant*$9.99

                                                                  this is our manager brandon's own family recipe. it's a tasty blend of grilled chicken, red grapes, green grapes, red onion, pineapple, apples and pecans salad served on a croissant with chips

                                                                  • Cheese Release Me$8.59

                                                                    hold on with both hands to the "great american classic". melted american cheese on texas toast, grilled golden brown. served with fries

                                                                    • Have it Mel's Way with Both Ham and Bacon$9.59
                                                                  • Sweet Surrender Club$8.99

                                                                    surrender yourself to ham, turkey and bacon stacked on traditional white toast with lettuce, tomato, mayo and chips

                                                                    • Mel's Peanut Butter, Banana, Raisin & Caramel Concoction$9.99

                                                                      chunky peanut butter on toasted raisin bread with sliced bananas, caramel syrup and a sprinkle of brown sugar- and then layered again! served with fries and caramel for dipping

                                                                      Orange Blossom Blue Plate Specials

                                                                      add a house salad or cup of soup for $3.99

                                                                      • Sea of Love Shrimp & Splish Splash Flounder*$16.99

                                                                        the ultimate blue plate special! our seafood combo with shrimp and flounder fried to perfection. served with granny liz's secret slaw, fries and garlic texas toast

                                                                        • Sea of Love Shrimp*$14.99

                                                                          a generous portion of butterfly shrimp fried to perfection. served with fries, granny liz's secret slaw, our own special cocktail sauce and grilled garlic texas toast

                                                                          • Love Me Tender Fried Steak*$13.99

                                                                            you'll love our eight ounce tender chicken fried steak topped with our peppered country gravy. served with mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetable of the day and grilled garlic texas toast

                                                                            • Splish Splash Flounder*$12.99

                                                                              this was the world renowned wood carver, peter engler's favorite at mel's hard luck diner fillets of succulent flounder fried to perfection, served with cole slaw, fries, garlic texas toast, lemon and tartar sauce

                                                                              • Chattahoochee Chicken Fingers*$11.99

                                                                                you'll dig these tender hand-breaded boneless fingers of fried chicken. served with your choice of bbq or honey mustard sauce, granny liz's secret slaw and fries

                                                                                • Rockin' Red Beans & Rice*$10.99

                                                                                  mel's old time favorite! a bowl of red beans and rice, smoked sausage and special seasonings served with a grilled cheese sandwich on the side

                                                                                  • Sweet Dreams Spaghetti$10.99

                                                                                    a generous portion of spaghetti and giant meatballs, smothered in marinara sauce. served with grilled garlic texas toast

                                                                                    • High Rollin' Beef$12.99

                                                                                      our slow-cooked pot roast with carrots, celery and onions so tender it'll pull apart with a fork. piled high on a sourdough hoagie roll served with mashed potatoes topped with brown gravy and served with the vegetable of the day


                                                                                      • Granny Liz's Secret Slaw

                                                                                        • Cottage

                                                                                          • Cheese

                                                                                            • Chips

                                                                                              • Apple Sauce

                                                                                                • Mashed Potatoes

                                                                                                  • Vegetable of the Day

                                                                                                    Premium Sides

                                                                                                    • Sweet Potato Bites$1.99

                                                                                                      • Fruit$1.99

                                                                                                        • Onion Rings$1.99

                                                                                                          • House Salad$2.99

                                                                                                            • Cup of Soup$2.99

                                                                                                              B-B-Bad to the Bone Bakery

                                                                                                              *excessive consumption of "no sugar added" desserts may result in a laxative effect in sensitive people

                                                                                                              • Devilish Chocolate Cake$8.99

                                                                                                                the chocolate layer cake is one you're sure to talk about! layers of chocolate iced with fudge icing then drizzled with hot fudge and served with a scoop of chocolate or vanilla ice cream

                                                                                                                • Say Cheese Cheesecake$5.99

                                                                                                                  this will definitely put a smile on your face. have it with any of your favorite toppings: strawberry, pineapple, hot fudge, chocolate or hot caramel

                                                                                                                  • Classic Cobbler$4.59

                                                                                                                    be sure to ask about mrs. smith's classic cobbler flavor of the day

                                                                                                                    • Ala Mode$5.59
                                                                                                                  • Pies$4.59

                                                                                                                    luscious chocolate cream, coconut cream, lemon meringue, apple or no sugar added apple*

                                                                                                                    • Ala Mode$5.59
                                                                                                                  • Mel's Favorite Carrot Cake$8.99

                                                                                                                    this gourmet cake is loaded with coconut, pecans, pineapple, cinnamon, spices and topped with a cream cheese icing, then nestled next to a scoop of vanilla ice cream and topped with a drizzle of hot caramel

                                                                                                                    Surfin' Safari Soda Fountain

                                                                                                                    all of our shakes, malts and floats are made with premium ice cream and the finest ingredients. *excessive consumption of "no sugar added" desserts may result in a laxative effect in sensitive people.

                                                                                                                    • Shake, Rattle and Roll$6.99

                                                                                                                      served the old fashioned way, in a shake tin and glass. choose a shake or malt in one of your favorite flavors: vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, pineapple, banana, cherry, root beer, cookies & cream, orange dreamsicle or birthday cake

                                                                                                                      • Sundae Kind of Love

                                                                                                                        hot fudge, hot caramel, chocolate, strawberry, or pineapple topped with whipped cream and nuts

                                                                                                                        • 1 Scoop Sundae$4.59
                                                                                                                        • 2 Scoop Sundae$5.59
                                                                                                                      • Rootie Tootie Rockin' Floats$4.99

                                                                                                                        root beer, coke or your favorite soft drink

                                                                                                                        • Old Fashioned Sodas$4.99

                                                                                                                          chocolate, strawberry or cherry

                                                                                                                          • Great Balls of Ice Cream

                                                                                                                            chocolate, vanilla, orange sherbert, strawberry, cookies & cream, birthday cake, today's special flavor, no sugar added vanilla*

                                                                                                                            • 1 Scoop$2.59
                                                                                                                            • 2 Scoops$3.59

                                                                                                                          Tweedly, Tweedly, Tweet Sweet Things

                                                                                                                          • Rock Around the Chocolate$11.99

                                                                                                                            a fudge brownie, piled high with premium blue bunny vanilla and chocolate ice cream, thick hot fudge and marshmallow cream. all topped with whipped cream, m&m's and cherries

                                                                                                                            • Climb Every Mountainice Cream Avalanche$24.95

                                                                                                                              Enough to feed a whole family of 4 or more! on a bed of 12 scoops of ice cream (2 of each of our six flavors) topped with cookies, bananas, brownie crumbles, pineapple, strawberries, hot fudge, hot caramel, marshmallow cream, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, nuts, sprinkles and m&m's

                                                                                                                              • Mel's Chocolate Nachos$10.99

                                                                                                                                a huge portion of cinnamon sugar tortillas topped with m&m's, marshmallow topping, chocolate and caramel syrup, vanilla ice cream, whipped topping, cherries and sprinkles

                                                                                                                                • Krazy Kringle Kriter Kookie$12.99

                                                                                                                                  Kris Kringle's North Pole Sensation! a holly jolly giant chocolate chunk kookie, piled high with premium blue bunny chocolate and vanilla ice cream, drizzled with hot fudge and hot caramel topping, snow drifts of whipped cream and bright red cherries

                                                                                                                                  • Build Me Up, Banana Cup$10.99

                                                                                                                                    a huge old fashioned banana split with mountains of premium blue bunny vanilla, strawberry and chocolate ice cream, flooded with pineapple, chocolate and strawberries. all of this topped with peaks of whipped cream, nuts and cherries

                                                                                                                                    Good Golly! Kid's Menu

                                                                                                                                    ages 12 and under. soft drink, lemonade or milk included. substitute a kid's shake for the drink for $1.99

                                                                                                                                    • Corn Dog Bites and Fries$3.99

                                                                                                                                      • Kraft Macaroni & Cheese$3.99

                                                                                                                                        with apple sauce

                                                                                                                                        • Grilled Cheese and Fries$3.99

                                                                                                                                          • Cheeseburger or Hot Dog & Fries*$3.99

                                                                                                                                            • Spaghetti with Meatballs & Red Sauce$3.99

                                                                                                                                              • Chicken Fingers & Fries*$3.99

                                                                                                                                                Chug-A-Lug Beverages

                                                                                                                                                add cherry, raspberry, peach, strawberry, blackberry, watermelon, chocolate or vanilla to your favorite soft drink only $0.50 more

                                                                                                                                                • Iced Tea$2.49

                                                                                                                                                  free refills

                                                                                                                                                  • Lemonade$2.49

                                                                                                                                                    free refills

                                                                                                                                                    • Coffee$2.49

                                                                                                                                                      free refills

                                                                                                                                                      • Decaf$2.49

                                                                                                                                                        free refills

                                                                                                                                                        • Hot Tea$2.49

                                                                                                                                                          free refills

                                                                                                                                                          • Milk$2.59

                                                                                                                                                            • Chocolate Milk$2.59

                                                                                                                                                              • Orange Juice$2.59

                                                                                                                                                                • Apple Juice$2.59

                                                                                                                                                                  • Hot Chocolate$2.99

                                                                                                                                                                    • French Vanilla Cappuccino$2.99

                                                                                                                                                                      • Coke$2.49

                                                                                                                                                                        free refills

                                                                                                                                                                        • Diet Coke$2.49

                                                                                                                                                                          free refills

                                                                                                                                                                          • Coke Zero$2.49

                                                                                                                                                                            free refills

                                                                                                                                                                            • Orange Fanta$2.49

                                                                                                                                                                              free refills

                                                                                                                                                                              • Mello Yello$2.49

                                                                                                                                                                                free refills

                                                                                                                                                                                • Sprite$2.49

                                                                                                                                                                                  free refills

                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sprite Zero$2.49

                                                                                                                                                                                    free refills

                                                                                                                                                                                    • Hi-C Fruit Punch$2.49

                                                                                                                                                                                      free refills

                                                                                                                                                                                      • Root Beer$2.49

                                                                                                                                                                                        free refills

                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dr. Pepper$2.49

                                                                                                                                                                                          free refills

                                                                                                                                                                                          • Diet Dr. Pepper$2.49

                                                                                                                                                                                            free refills

                                                                                                                                                                                            • Mel's Old Fashioned Cherry Limeade$2.99

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