Mel’s Hard Luck Diner Sundae

The Build Me Up, Banana Cup sundae at Mel's Hard Luck Diner.

Mel’s Hard Luck Diner in Branson, Missouri, is a 1950s-themed greasy spoon where you can score juicy burgers and thick, creamy milkshakes – but leave room for the legendary banana split.

The quintessential summer treat is large enough to feed four and comes crowned with clouds of fresh whipped cream. That’s not the only over-the-top treat at Mel’s: Try tackling the Avalanche, 12 scoops of ice cream topped with cookies, bananas, brownie crumbles, pineapple topping, strawberries, caramel sauce, hot fudge, marshmallow cream, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, nuts, sprinkles and M&M’s.

Whatever you order, expect waiters to croon while you eat – the singing staff even boasts a former American Idol contestant.

Mel’s Hard Luck Diner, 2800 W. State Highway 76, Branson, Missouri, 417.332.0150,

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Juliana Goodwin lives in Springfield, Mo., but loves to explore the Ozarks and write about it for Feast Magazine.

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