Weekend trips are the best trips.
My fiance and I left Dallas for a roadtrip all the way Branson, Missouri. I was more than excited about our getaway. We haven’t traveled once this year, which is crazy since we are usually jetsetting somewhere. Heading to Branson meant that we could get away, have some fun but be back to work the next week. I know you’re thinking, why would you want to get back to work? Well we both own our own businesses so when we are gone for lone lengths of time, it get’s a bit crazy. (But trust me when traveling is involved, it’s a crazy I can deal with.)
We were lucky enough to snag a Ford Fusion Titanium to test drive for the weekend. It was so fun to drive and the features were beyond amazing. It kept us on track the whole way there. I enjoyed knowing down to the minute how long our trip was going to take, it also counted down the miles for us so I never had to ask the annoying question, “Are we there yet?”
Isn’t she a beauty? We left our house around 9:30am on Thursday, stopped for breakfast and we were on our way. Our Ford told us that we had a 7 hour and 30 minute drive in front of us which sounded horrible. I was excited to be in Branson, but wasn’t sure about the drive. Surprisingly, the drive didn’t end up being nearly as bad as I had imagined. We went through Oklahoma and up through Arkansas and the drive was gorgeous. The mountains, large lakes and rolling hills mesmerized me. We don’t have anything like that in Dallas!
We arrived right at 5pm, which means we were going to be late to dinner at Mel’s Hard Luck Diner with a few other bloggers. We stopped by our hotel, Westgate Resorts, checked in and headed straight to dinner.
Mel’s Diner was located conveniently in the Grand Village Shops. All of the shops located in this shopping are independently owned, which means you’ll find no chain stores here! This was a highly recommended destination spot since there is something for everybody here, whether you’re looking for jewelry, Christmas items or a good place to eat.
People flock to Mel’s Hard Luck Cafe for a few things – the singing waitresses and waiters, the great atmosphere and the down home cooking. We got to experience it all during our visit and loved every minute of it. The singing waitresses and waiters were so entertaining. Every waiter and waitress that worked there has to audition before being hired. Many of them are performers during the day and work at night or vice versa.
Don’t judge me for how bad these next few pictures are but I had to share. This is my fiance being serenaded by one of the waitresses. They did a great job circling the restaurant while singing and still serving their guests!
I couldn’t decide what to eat because everything looked so good but I did know one thing, as soon as I saw that Mel’s had fried pickles, they were ordered! I’m more than happy that we ordered them, they were served as pickle spears rather than slices which I like much better. They were crunchy and had a great taste – and now my mouth is watering.
Quinn was starving so he opted for a burger, this wasn’t like any other old burger. The Sixteen Tons Chili Burger that he ordered is an open faced burger on a bun smothered with their famous chili, cheddar cheese and chopped onions. It was a crowd stopped and made others around us very envious.
That’s crazy, right? It was just as delicious and as big as it looks. It’s definitely a meal to order if you’re hungry or want to take home leftovers to finish later. (View Mel’s full menu here) Once we stuffed ourselves full, we rushed out so we can head to our first show of the trip, SIX. Read my SIX Show Review to find out what exactly I thought about the show!
Have you ever been to Mel’s Hard Luck Cafe or the Grand Village Shops?