Why the Mel-O-Dee Restaurant is one of the area’s most beloved dining destinations


Sarah Childers opened her Mel-O-Dee Restaurant at its present location more than 50 years ago.  

The “Big Family Restaurant” famous for its broaster chicken is co-owned by her sons Woody and Leon and managed by her grandchildren. Childers died in 1999.

The general manager is Charlotte Farley, who’s been with the restaurant for more than 40 years. And, many of the other employees are also Mel-O-Dee server veterans; including, Head Chef Phil Roth, who’s been with the restaurant for more than 40 years. 

>> MORE: Classic restaurants you have to try, including the Mel-O-Dee

The loyal staff emphasizes the highest standards of service to its customers seated throughout Mel-O-Dee’s two large rooms on one-floor. Also, they concentrate on the careful preparation of the trademarked Broaster Foods, as well as all the fresh American standards in food on its humongous menu, to continually bring its customers back to Mel-O-Dee Restaurant.

THE MENU

 

Beverages: Royal Kona Coffee-$1.99; Pepsi products-$2.25; Blue Bunny Ice Cream Milkshake-$4.50.

Breakfast (served all day): Danish-$1.79; Hot Cakes (three)-$5.50; Cheese Omelet-$6.49; French Toast-$6.50; Mel-O-Dee Chops ‘N X-Lg. Eggs-$9.99.

Soup and Salad Special $5.99

Bread: White Bread made in-house, or Dark Rye Bread from Klosterman’s-$4.25 a loaf.

$9.99 Weekly Specials:  Monday: All-You-Care-To-Eat Broaster Fish, Tuesday: 4-Piece Broaster Chicken, Wednesday: 2-Piece Broaster Combo, Thursday: 2-Piece Boneless Broaster Pork Chops

“Soup-of-the-Day”: Monday, Cream of Broccoli; Tuesday, Potato w/bacon; Wednesday, Ham & Bean; Thursday, Chicken Noodle; Friday, French Onion w/cheese & croutons, and every other Friday, Tomato Soup; Saturday, Vegetable Beef; Sunday, Vegetable Beef-$3.29 a bowl.

Salads: Fiesta Cling Peach Salad-$5.99; Mel-O-Dee Fresh Vegetable Salad-$7.99.

Sandwiches: Grilled Cheese-$4.19; Broaster Center Cut Cod Fillet-$6.99; Broaster Pork Tenderloin-$6.99; Mel-O-Dee Cheese Steak-$7.69.

Sides: Fruit Jello-$1.99; Cottage Cheese-$2.99; Mel-O-Dee Broaster Potatoes-$2.99.

Kid’s menu (up to 10 years of age): Hamburger Slider, Fish Bites, or Spaghetti & Meat Sauce-$5.29. Each meal has sides, bread, and drink.

Dinners (with two sides and bread): Beef Liver w/Sauteed Onions & Gravy-$10.99; Choice Sirloin Steak (eight oz.)-$13.99.

Desserts: Fresh Baked Fruit Pie-$2.99; Fresh Cream Pie-$3.29; Warm Cobbler (weekends)-$4.59. 

THE BASICS:

Restaurant: Mel-O-Dee Restaurant

Location: 2350 S. Dayton-Lakeview Road, New Carlisle

Telephone: (937) 849-1378

Website: www.MelodeeRestaurant.com

Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

More information: Expected price range for your Mel-O-Dee meal is $8.99 to 14.99. Golden Buckeye Card holders get a 5 percent discount off their senior tab.

CARRYOUT: A large carryout menu is on site. “Broaster by Buckets” has eight pieces of Broaster Chicken for $14.99 to five thousand pieces for $4,999!


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Springfield Entertainment

‘WE’RE BACK’: Restaurant owner announces plans to reopen 8 months after devastating fire 
‘WE’RE BACK’: Restaurant owner announces plans to reopen 8 months after devastating fire 

The owner of one of the Oregon District’s most celebrated eateries has just announced her business’ rampant return.  >> Restaurant owner vows to reopen after devastating fire  “We are so grateful to everyone who has helped us rejoin Dayton’s culinary scene,”  Margot Blondet, owner and executive...
UPDATE: This Dayton institution has quietly raised $14 million under our noses 
UPDATE: This Dayton institution has quietly raised $14 million under our noses 

Friday lunch at Dayton Art Institute’s Oktoberfest celebration not only came with lederhosen but with a big announcement.  Michael R. Roediger, the museum’s director and CEO, kicked off its 47th annual event by announcing the museum’s Centennial Campaign at the festival’s Lederhosen Lunch.   “As The DAI...
‘Jersey Boys’ headed to Springfield stage
‘Jersey Boys’ headed to Springfield stage

When it comes to national Broadway tour launches, count Springfield, Ohio, in with the bigger cities. It’s where one of the most popular Tony-winning sensations of the current century will start this fall. “Jersey Boys,” the story of Rock & Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons’ rise and fall in the 1960s, will premiere at 8...
KISS announces 'End of the Road' farewell tour
KISS announces 'End of the Road' farewell tour

We’ve heard this song before, but it seems genuine that KISS’ upcoming “End of the Road World Tour” will be exactly that. The band announced the decision to pack up the pyro after a performance on Wednesday’s finale of “America’s Got Talent.” "All that we have built and all that we have...
Hal McCoy: Why Pete Rose play ‘Banned from Baseball’ is worth seeing
Hal McCoy: Why Pete Rose play ‘Banned from Baseball’ is worth seeing

It was 1989 when Pete Rose was banned from baseball, and it was evident the repercussions would never die, not as long as baseball exists.  That’s because of the taint and stain placed on the game and because of Rose’s Type A personality, a mentality that won’t let it die from his perspective.   His lifetime (and beyond)...
More Stories