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Menu & Specials




Bacon Wrapped Shrimp,  four grilled bacon wrapped jumbo shrimp, stuffed with jalapeno slice and pepperjack cheese, served with garlic butter and lemon 7.99

Onion Rings (A Favorite!) Hand-battered colossal onion rings served with Ranch dressing. 6.50

Fried Cheese Sticks Breaded mozzarella cheese sticks served with Ranch dressing. 4.95

Fried Mushrooms Hand-battered fried mushrooms served with your choice of horseradish or Ranch dressing. 6.50

Fried Jalapeños Jalapeño peppers stuffed with cream cheese and served with picante sauce or Ranch dressing. 6.25

Chicken Quesadillas Chicken, mushrooms, green chilies, pepper jack and cheddar cheeses served with shredded lettuce, sour cream and picante sauce. 5.95

Salads & Soup

Raspberry Chicken Salad Cajun grilled chicken breast on a bed of spring salad mix, feta cheese, bacon, red onions, croutons, cucumbers & tomatoes tossed in a raspberry vinaigrette dressing. 8.50

House Salad Fresh garden greens of iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, cheddar cheese, bacon bits, & croutons. 5.25

Chicken Salad (Grilled or Fried) Fresh garden greens with tomatoes, cucumbers, cheddar cheese, bacon bits & croutons topped with your choice of heart-healthy grilled or country fried chicken. 7.99

Chicken Fried Steak Salad House salad tossed & topped with Mel’s famous  Chicken Fried steak!. 8.99

Homemade Soup Changes Daily, call or ask your server for today’s special. S 2.99 L 4.99

Dinner Salad Small Portion – perfect as a side to your lunch or dinner entree. 2.59

Burgers & Sandwiches

The Famous Mel Burger A FULL pound of fresh-ground beef, 1/2 pound of bacon, 3 slices of American cheese garnished with all the traditional favorite trimmings. Best Burger in TOWN! 12.95

Homemade Cheeseburger 100% fresh ground beef topped with American cheese, served with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, mustard & mayo. 5.95

The Mega Mel Burger Challenge! One and a half pounds of ground beef, a FULL pound of bacon, 1/4 pound of cheese & all the trimmings. FINISH & ADD YOUR NAME TO OUR WALL!. 24.99

Mel’s Monte Cristo Triple layer sandwich with ham, turkey, and Swiss deep fried and served with raspberry sauce. 6.95

Chipotle Chicken Sandwich A Cajun-grilled chicken breast served on a jalapeño cheese bun with chipotle mayo, lettuce, tomato & Monterrey Jack cheese. 7.59

Grilled Cheese A classic cheesy delight. 2.99 Add Bacon 1.25

Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato Another Mel’s classic sandwich. 4.50 Add Cheese .99

Grilled Chicken Sandwich Choose Cajun or Country-Style with mayo, lettuce, tomato and pickles. 5.99

Country Fried Sandwich (Choose Chicken, Steak, or Catfish) Mel’s famous sandwich, fried and served on a bun with lettuce, tomato pickles & mayo. 5.99


Fried Catfish Dinner Tender filets cut into strips, and fried in spicy cornmeal to bring out the flavor. Served with hush puppies, tartar sauce 12.75

Large Chicken Fried Steak (16oz) “Just like Grandma used to make!” 17.99

Small Chicken Fried Steak (8oz) Most restaurants call this a large. Served with cream gravy. 11.75

Chicken Fried Chicken Breast A lightly breaded chicken breast served with cream gravy. 10.75

Chicken Tender Strips Strips of white meat chicken lightly breaded in our house-recipe seasoning. Choose cream gravy, Ranch, BBQ, Spicy Buffalo or Honey Mustard. 10.75

Chicken Aguacate Cajun-grilled chicken breast topped with fresh avocado, pico de gallo, pepper jack and cheddar cheeses. 11.75

Steak Fingers Picture a plateful of tiny chicken fried steaks served with cream gravy – YUM! 11.75

Hamburger Steak 12 ounces of seasoned ground beef topped with grilled onions & brown gravy. 10.75

Grilled Chicken Breast Choose country-style, lightly dusted with lemon pepper or grilled with Cajun spices. 10.75

Catfish Christopher Cajun-grilled catfish filet, topped with jumbo shrimp, fresh avocado, pico de gallo, pepper jack and cheddar. 14.99

Grilled Catfish Choose country-grilled lightly dusted with lemon pepper or Cajun-style with rich Cajun spices. 12.75

Shrimp (Dozen) Choose lightly breaded & fried with hush puppies, cocktail & tarter sauce or grilled with garlic butter served over a bed of white rice. 14.99

Popcorn Shrimp Everyone’s fun-favorite bite-sized shrimp served with hush puppies, cocktail & tarter sauce. 12.25

Sides & Extras

Fries or Tots 2.25

Fried Okra 2.25

Dinner Salad 2.59

Grilled Onions .99

Grilled Mushrooms .99/1.99

Veggies of the Day 2.50/3.50

3 Strips of Bacon 1.99

Bacon Bits .79

Corn Bread/Roll .39

Salad Dressings .59

Gravy .59

Sour Cream .99

Sliced Jalapeños .49


Kids Menu

Children 12 years and younger. Comes with 1 side, Kids Hamburger 4.99

Kids Cheeseburger 5.37 

Kids Bacon Cheeseburger 5.37

Mini Corndogs 4.78

Kids Grilled Cheese 3.78

Kids Chicken Fried Steak 6.98

Kids Popcorn Shrimp 6.98 

Kids Fried Catfish 6.98

Kids Chicken Strips 5.78

Kids Grilled Chicken 5.79


Daily Specials

Lunch Specials (Served Tuesdays-Fridays 11:00am-2:00pm)

Burger Special (this week), Bacon Swiss Burger, served on a grilled sour dough bun, dressed with mayo, tomato, and lettuce, topped with sautéed mushrooms, onions, bacon and swiss cheese, comes with fries 8.75

Club Sandwich A triple-layer club with ham, turkey, Swiss & American cheeses, mayo, lettuce, tomato & bacon. Served with  fries. 8.75
Turkey Club Savory turkey, bacon, avocado, crisp lettuce, tomato and chipolte mayo perfectly toasted. Served with fries. 8.75
Chef Salad Generous portion  fresh ham,, Swiss & American cheeses with hard-boiled egg, served on a bed of cold, crisp greens with your choice of dressing.8.75
Sandwich  Special, Reuben Sandwich, shaved corned beef on grilled rye bread, with 1000 islands dressing, sauerkraut, and  swiss cheese, comes with fries 8.75

3/20/18 Tuesday Lunch Hotplate Specials Chicken And Dumplings 8.75 Beef Tips Over Rice 8.75 Side orders: mashed potatoes, mixed greens, black eye peas, green beans, okra and tomatoes, corn, cole slaw, dinner salad, fries, tots, fried okra

3/21/18 Wednesday Lunch Specials Chicken fried steak, cream gravy 8.75  Country Goulash 8.75 Side Orders: mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, carrots and peas, butter beans, cabbage, fried okra, fries, tots, dinner salad, coleslaw

`3/22/18 Thursday Lunch Hotplate Specials: Chicken Fried Chicken Breast 8.75, Cajun Grilled Catfish With Dirty Rice 8.75, side orders: mashed potatoes, green beans, mixed greens, corn, navy beans, Brussel sprouts, fried okra, fries, tots, dinner salad, coleslaw

3/23/18 Friday Lunch Hotplate  Fried Catfish Special 8.75, King Ranch Chicken Casserole 8.75 side orders: mashed potatoes, green beans, eggplant parmesan, corn, pinto beans,fried okra, fries, tots, dinner salad, coleslaw

Night Specials

Weekly beginning at 5:00pm – Closing. 3/20/18Tuesday Night Fried Pickles .99 Roast Beef Over Onion Potatoes  9.95 Cajun Catfish With Shrimp and Crawfish Etouffee Over Rice  14.95 12 Ounce Grilled Ribeye Steak With Sauteed Mushrooms And Garlic Butter 15.95 Country Meatloaf With Brown Gravy 8.95

3/21/18 Wednesday Night  Chicken And Dumplings 8.95 Cajun Grilled Catfish With Shrimp And Crawfish Etouffee Over Rice 14.95 12 Ounce Grilled Ribeye Steak With Sauteed Mushrooms And Garlic Butter 15.95 Grilled Pork Chops, (2 6 ounce), With Sausage Cornbread Dressing And Pork Gravy 10.95

3/22/18 Thursday Night   Beef Tips Over Rice 10.95, Cajun Grilled Catfish With Shrimp And Crawfish Etouffee Over rice 14.95 12 Ounce Grilled Rib Eye Steak With Grilled Mushrooms And Garlic Butter 15.95 Grilled Pork Chops, (2 6 ounce), With Sausage Cornbread Dressing And Pork Gravy 10.95

3/23/18Friday Night   All You Can Eat Fried Catfish And Popcorn Shrimp 12.99 Cajun Grilled Catfish With Shrimp And Crawfish Etouffee Over Rice 14.95 12 Ounce Rib Eye Steak, With Sauteed Mushrooms And Garlic Butter 15.95

3/24/18Saturday Night   Cajun Grilled Catfish With Shrimp And Crawfish Etouffee Over Rice 14.95 12 Ounce Grilled Rib Eye Steak With Sauteed Mushrooms And Garlic Butter 15.95

3/25/18 Sunday  Chicken And Dumplings 8.95, Cajun Grilled Catfish With Shrimp And Crawfish Etouffee Over Rice 14.95, 12 Ounce Grilled Rib Eye Steak With Sauteed Mushrooms and Garlic Butter 15.95, Pot Roast With Roast Vegetables And Gravy 10.95


Mel’s Country Cafe has been in the Weirich family since the beginning. Charles Weirich Sr. (Collie) built the original building for his wife Mary in 1977, and called it Mary’s Fried Chicken. All of the ingredients used were grown and purchased from the local farms in the area.

The family also owned and operated Weirich Grocery and the Hufsmith Post Office next door. Tomball and Hufsmith were little country towns back then, where everyone knew everyone else and a trip to the “big city” was still a big deal. Like the original Ma Goodson’s located just down the street, Mary’s Fried Chicken became a local favorite; known as a good, out-of-the-way place to eat where everything was homemade, and you would always run into someone you knew.

In 1985, Mary’s Fried Chicken became Mel’s Cafe; named for her only daughter, Melody. The menu was changed to hamburgers, with the largest being the Mel Burger. With the influx of “foreigners” from up north, Tomball was starting to grow in population, and it eventually absorbed Hufsmith. With the increase in population, came the pressure to expand the business, but Mary and Melody liked things just the way they were with low prices and happy customers.

Sadly, Mary passed away in 1992; the post office and grocery store were the victims of arson, and burned to the ground a year later.

As a fresh start, Mel’s Cafe was renamed Mel’s Country Cafe in 1994. The menu was expanded to include other country favorites like fried catfish, and chicken fried steak. The Mega Mel Burger was created to top the Mel Burger and provide a challenge to all the new “city-folk” who were moving into the area. Along with the menu, the building was expanded, and the parking lot is now the site where the post office and grocery store once stood. In fact, if you look real close, you can still see the concrete slab and some of the old floor tiles out there.

Collie joined Mary in 2007. He will always be remembered by many of our long-time customers, employees, and business purveyors.

Over the years, nearly all of the family has joined the business: Mel’s husband, Jeff, is the executive chef; Charles Jr. is the business manager; Philip is the financial accountant, and Chris is a busboy and waiter. Some of the original employees of Mary’s, the post office, and the grocery store, as well as members of their families, still work at Mel’s today.

So pack up the kids, come on out, meet your neighbors, and let our family serve your family.


03/07/17 Mel’s Country Cafe in Tomball Makes Top 10 Best Small Town Restaurants of Texas List

Click to view the blog entry from The Pink Armadillo

02/27/2017 Mel's Country Cafe is one of the ten reasons to visit Tomball, according to Zagat!

Click here to view the article on Zagat

04/11/15 Mels Will Be On The Texas Bucket List, April 11th, KPRC

01/04/14 - Mega Mel 2013 Champion Announced!

It’s official, the Mega Mel Champion for 2013 is… Daria Emmons! Congratulations Daria! Daria received the “I Survived” t-shirt, along with bragging rights! Click here to see her in the “Wall of Fame!”

12/01/13 - Featured in Texas Monthly, Chicken Fried State.

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06/18/13 - Review from theeverydayadventurer.com, Good Grub.

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02/07/11 - Featured in The Potpourri, At Mel’s Country Café, it’s ‘people, first’.

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08/01/09 - Featured in Texas Monthly, 50 greatest hamburgers in Texas!

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07/17/09 - Featured in Texas Monthly, Best Burger in Texas.

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Mel's voted the 'Best Burger in the Bayou City!'

In Erin & Rowdy’s Quest for the Best Burger, we were voted the ‘Best Burger in the Bayou City!’ Thank you to all of our loyal customers who called and voted. Rowdy from 100.3 KILT came down to present Mel with the award.

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Mega Mel


The Mega Mel Burger: One & a half pounds of ground beef, a FULL pound of bacon, 1/4 pound of cheese & all the trimmings.

The ChallengeTo get your name on the wall you must eat everything on your plate in under 2 hours without help, and be able to walk and talk without getting sick. (Note: You may be stopped if we feel you are going to get sick.) 

See those who attempted and those who survived!

Completing the Mega Mel in only 20 minutes… the 2013 Champion is Daria Emmons! Congratulations!

Catering & Gift Cards

Mel’s catering options provide exceptional, great-tasting food that is simple, approachable and sure to please everyone at your catered event. Catered events can range from a simple get-together to a formal occasion; therefore, we offer a wide array of entrees, vegetables, and desserts from which to choose. For your convenience, all meals are served in disposable pans. 

2018 CATERING MENU (Prices do not include tax)

All catering events require a 50% initial deposit, with the balance due on pick up or delivery (additional fee). We request that you do not revise your order 3 days before your event, and a refundable deposit is required on all equipment. Serving utensils, Chinet plates, banquet kits, chafing dishes & food warmers are available upon request (limited quantities available). Food servers are available for 2 hours of service at $100.00 per server ($50.00 per server, per hour thereafter). Servers are responsible for set up, food service, and tea service only. Servers are not responsible for clean up, and/or trash removal.

Gift Cards

Mel’s Country Cafe, now offers gift cards online. Simply choose the amount of your gift card below, and we will mail the gift card by the next business day to the shipping address provided during checkout. Gift cards have no expiration date and make the perfect gift to compliment any occasion.


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Mel's Country Cafe

24814 Stanolind Rd Tomball, TX 77375


Monday Closed Tuesday-Thursday 11:00am-9:00pm Friday 11:00am-10:00pm Saturday 10:30am-10:00pm Sunday 10:300am-5:00pm

(281) 255-MELS