Reader Chris tells me that Mel’s Lounge now serves food:
I just had a delicious bowl of pozole (red, chicken) today at Mel’s lounge at 209 W. Carrillo St. I was actually going to the Cuernavaca, but after parking found that Cuernavaca is closed on Tuesdays. But i noticed tables and a lunch sign outside Mel’s (!) next door, and decided to give it a whirl — I was hungry and didn’t have time to go elsewhere anyway.
It was very nice, the pozole was delicious. The menu is limited but there is plenty to choose from, incl. appetizers, burger, BLT, the usual Mexican dishes for lunch, a few salads, and the pozole and mole, too. They also have a variety of breakfast options incl. huevos rancheros, breakfast burritos, chilaquiles and more. The server told me that the chef used to work at Los Agaves, Los Arroyos, and Carlitos.
They serve from 11 am to 5:00 pm. 805-450-8519