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Posted by Boringtime on 10/31/2008
Really wanted to like this place. It's so nice looking, with its big windows and wood trim and dim, comfortable lighting. But enough little things went wrong that it ended up being a disappointment. Hostess forgot to seat us, so we ended up starving at the bar for a while, hungrily eyeballing those empty two-tops. When we finally got ourselves ensconced in one, our waiter was very nice, and on the ball, but it was annoying that they wouldn't transfer our bar tab to our bill. Fried chicken was dry, I thought, and under-seasoned, while my dining partner's spinach salad underwhelmed with a lack of nuts or cheese or any of those little non-leafy things that make a salad worth ordering. My collard greens were a little underdone, but the mac and cheese was good, as was the cheddar grits cake she ordered for a side. With just a little bit of extra attention by the waitstaff and cooks, this would be a solid, 4+ star place. Maybe it was an off night?
Posted by Anonymous on 05/11/2008
I had a great time at Melba. The owner was very friendly and my family and I enjoyed talking to her. My sister and I had the Salmon Omelette and we truly enjoyed it. I also had a side of Turkey Susage which I enjoyed. The atmosphere, although a small place, was very inviting. I will definetly try it again
Posted by Nee on 03/17/2008
Seasoning please....... For the Chicken and Waffles. Don't get me wrong I had a nice time, and the atmosphere was very cozy! However, the Fried Chicken lacked seasoning! I tried the Mac and Cheese and wondered what happened to the cheese and seasoning as well. The portions were very small for the Entree my boyfriend ate, which was the grilled Salmon with Mashed potatoes and Spinach. On a brighter note, the WAFFLES WERE DELICIOUS!
Posted by soulkat on 03/16/2008
I just returned from an afternoon brunch at Melba's today. We were really excited to try the much touted "chicken and waffles" dish as featured on the bobby flay show on the food network. when we first arrived we were greeted by melba, who immediately informed us that since we didn't have a reservation we would have to make sure we were done by 1pm. we were seated at 11am and our food didn't arrive until 11:45 after placing our order at 11:15. two other couples arrived after us and got their food and drinks before we even got our drinks. the teeny "biscuits" did little to quell my appetite and building anxiety with the dining experience. We anxiously awaited the arrival of our main dish which arrived beautifully arranged on our plate, with fresh mango, grapes, and pineapple. I buttered my eggnog waffles and use the sparse syrup that was supplied w/ the dish. ( i would've requested a side order of syrup but was scared that it would take another 30 minutes for it to arrive). The chicken arrived hot and steamy. However, it was the driest chicken i have ever tasted IN MY LIFE. I have never seen a smaller chicken breast, either. If I hadn't known any better i would have thought that melba's used day old fried chicken that they reheated in hot oil. There couldn't be any possible way for fresh chicken to be cooked to the rubber like - uncheweable consistency that i experienced today. I am not sure if the day that bobby flay entered her restaurant he got the same meal, but i sure am no longer impressed with this dining critiques. I can only speak for my expereince with their brunch time, but i was completely unsatisfied and am less likely to visit for any other meal. Not only was my food not good, but the service was poor. The waitress on duty this morning lacked cordiality. She merely took our order and our bill and not ONCE did she check on us to inquire about how satisfied we were with our meal (maybe that was a good thing). It took all my energy to leave her a tip. I would be very surprised to find this establishment open in a few years, but then again it might coast along for years on the hype, just like her aunt's establishment "sylvia's".
Posted by Chick from Philly * on 03/13/2008
Melba's is everything that I thought it would be, nice! The service was quick & the food, my boyfriend had the chicken n' waffles, I had the pecan encrusted tilapia (with the mac n' cheese & greens) My sister had the ribs with red rice & greens. Everything was soo good. It was a beautiful surprise with the appetizers too, who would of thought that the spring rolls with collards greens, black eyed peas and rice, be soo good? Good thing that I went with my family and boyfriend to sample alot of the food :)
Posted by Shawn on 03/01/2008
My friends and I were excited about going, we heard good things about the place. The comfortizers were okay but small. Then we waited almost 45 minutes to receive our entree's. The place was almost empty when we got there. I ordered the chicken and waffles, the waffles were good but the chicken was bland, I mean this is a soul food place I expected everything to be well seasoned. Some one else ordered the sesame chicken fingers and they tasted like fish.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/05/2007
I just got home from Melba's and, while I often reference menupages before going to a restaurant, I have never been compelled to make the effort to write a review myself. Part of my doesn't want to because I fear it will become even more crowded, but I cannot stop smiling after such a wonderful dining experience. We made a reservation as was recommended and looking around at the full tables, it was probably necessary. The atmosphere is both elegant and comfortable - a difficult contrast for Manhattan, but it made for an incredible experience. Quality abounds here, yet there is no air of pretentiousness. The food was exactly as advertised - American Comfort Food. Each bit was delicious. The Mac and Cheese was unbelievable. The turkey meatloaf and chili fries were amazing. I lack words to describe the red velvet cake which came out warm, moist and like nothing I have ever had. I have come home full and amazingly. have not broken the bank - prices were more than reasonable. I highly recommend Melba's and will be back often!