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4136 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33617
+1 813-985-8000
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11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: World Class Wieners and other gourmet sandwiches. Cold beer and warm...
World Class Wieners and other gourmet sandwiches. Cold beer and warm hearts.
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  • 40
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  • 25
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good Chicago Dog

Ate there this weekend. If you like Chicago style hot dogs then this is a very good place. Personally I prefer New York style, less bun, and more of a melt in your mouth experience. Was there in evening and place was fairly crowded and service was pretty slow,over 10 minutes to receive cafeteria... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 8, 2015
Rick J
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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English first
Atlanta, Georgia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Been enjoying those plump Vienna's at Mel's since I was in college so many years ago...So worth the stop!

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naples, florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

My friend raved and couldn't believe I had never heard of Mel's. The dog was tasty but very small and I left hungry. The French fries were amazing and a very nice portion.

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Mel L, Owner at Mel's Hot Dogs, responded to this review

Thank you so much for coming in and giving us a shot, wheezy11. If the dog you ordered was not large enough to fill you up, consider bumping up to our Mighty Mel-sized dog next time you are in. The Mighty Mel is a 1/4 lb skinless dog, which should be plenty to satisfy your appetite for a great dog!... More 

Saint Augustine, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Don't eat here. Cute for a pic outside with the car made to look like a hot dog, but the inside is a dated, greasy dive joint. Sketchy food handling at best. Staff were very noticeably unhappy to be working. For a Friday night, it was deserted.

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Mel L, Owner at Mel's Hot Dogs, responded to this review

I regret that the experience you had at our restaurant did not live up to the high standards we set for ourselves of serving great food in a fun, classic, and clean environment. I can assure you that what you describe in your review is far from the usual experience of our customers. Next time you are in town, we... More 

Tampa, Florida
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 via mobile

After living in Tampa for over 5 years and seeing the Mel's Hot Dog sign off 275 we finally made it there. What in the world were we waiting for??? I could kick myself! When you first walk in it's a sight, decorated like a 50's diner with red and chrome everywhere. I personally thought it was pretty cool. The... More 

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Mel L, Owner at Mel's Hot Dogs, responded to this review

We are so happy you finally stopped in to give us a try, CarrollwoodFoodie! We look forward to serving up great food to you and your family for years to come. More 

Tampa, Florida
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Mel's hot dog is one of the oldies hot dogs placing in Tampa Florida located just minutes from Busch gardens and local hotels.

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Spring Hill, Florida
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66 reviews 66 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015 via mobile

While in Tampa on business had occaission to visit Mel's hot dogs for a quick lunch. The menu is far and away the best of any hot dog shop I've ever been to, from hot dogs all styles, to Chicago beef and more. The service was outstanding and let me hasten to add, the entire restaurant was spotless, including the... More 

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Mel L, Owner at Mel's Hot Dogs, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. As a family-owned business, we do take great pride in the food we serve and the establishment we serve it in. We hope you will make the drive down from Spring Hill to dine with us again sometime soon! More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Ate there this weekend. If you like Chicago style hot dogs then this is a very good place. Personally I prefer New York style, less bun, and more of a melt in your mouth experience. Was there in evening and place was fairly crowded and service was pretty slow,over 10 minutes to receive cafeteria style order. I guess I am... More 

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Mel L, Owner at Mel's Hot Dogs, responded to this review

Thanks for coming and giving the Chicago dogs a shot, Rick. We're happy to hear you liked them. Hope you stop in again sometime if you are ever down our way! More 

Riverview, Florida
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

moved to Florida from Chicago five months ago. Finally found a Vienna Beef Hot Dog joint worthy of serving a Chicago style hot dog. Best I've had in a long time. Fries were very tasty and the staff and service were friendly and excellent. Well worth the drive if you are in the Tampa metro area!

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Mel L, Owner at Mel's Hot Dogs, responded to this review

Thanks, HSR57. It's always a pleasure to have a fellow Chicagoan drop in for a taste of home! Now that you've found us, we hope to see you around often. More 

Toms River, New Jersey
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

The Hot Dogs were good. My friend thought the casings were too tough but I liked it and they also had hot dogs with no casings. The Hot dog car outside is cool and the inside is enjoyable showing a lot of memorabilia from the early days of this location.

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Mel L, Owner at Mel's Hot Dogs, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review, Steven. Some people do find the natural casings - indicative of a high-quality hot dog - a little tough, especially if they are use to the cellulose casings of cheaper hot dogs. I appreciate you pointing out that out Might Mel hot dogs are skinless, which is a great alternative if the natural... More 

Tampa
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

I used to travel through Chicago when I was a kid, and one of my favorite memories was having a Chicago Hot Dog. There used to be a vendor on almost every corner, and you could spot the neon green relish a block away. Back in the 70s my band mate Fred was from Chicago, and we used to stop... More 

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Mel L, Owner at Mel's Hot Dogs, responded to this review

Thanks, Jim! Glad to hear we are still living up to your great memories. Always a pleasure to have a long-time customer come in and see us. We hope to see you again soon! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4136 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33617
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: +1 813-985-8000

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 14
  • Cuisine: Hot Dogs

Description

World Class Wieners and other gourmet sandwiches. Cold beer and warm hearts.
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm

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