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Mel's Hot Dogs

4136 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33617
813-985-8000
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Ranked #264 of 1,966 Restaurants in Tampa
Price range: $0 - $20
Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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English first
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is a busy place. Super clean and the service is the very best. Excellent hot dogs , Cole slaw , tamales , and more. I will return.

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

Glad to hear you enjoyed your meal with us, midniteryder, and we're looking forward to having you visit us again. More

Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The time is coming for hollow scream at bush gardens .. So that means it's time for Mel's .. The perfect stop mid day for some Classic Americana yummys .. Any way you want it .. You can get it here .. Plain or loaded .. Fries or onion rings .. And don't forget the biggest pickles in town ...... More

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

Thanks for making the drive to come see us, Mark, and for your wonderful review! More

Orlando, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Mels is the best. Can't find many hot dog places anymore. Love the choices. This place is iconic. Great place to get your hot dog fix satisfied.

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

Thank you so much, Michelle. We hope you will stop in to see us again next time you make it over to Tampa! More

Tampa, Florida
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I can boil a better hot dog at home for sure, stick with the cheese fries if you come here, or better yet, head down to sonics, their fast food hot dog puts this one to shame!

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

We appreciate your review, Danny, and admit that the all-beef, natural casing dogs we serve, sourced directly from Vienna Beef, do taste a little different than the usual, quick fast-food hot dog found at Sonic and other locations. We know every palate is in tune with different tastes, and we thank you for giving our dogs a try even though... More

St. Petersburg, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The hot dogs are amazing one of the best hotdogs I have had it cool with the dog car out front I would think they would have more customers being near the theme parks

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

Thank you so much for your review, Isaiah. I hope you have a chance to make it over to our side of the bay to enjoy a hot dog with us again! More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Thought we would try Mel's for the first time. Placed our order then waited; when we picked it up, my hot dog was wrong. After looking back through the tickets, we were told that was what was on the receipt. Well then it was entered incorrectly. One of only three ladies working told us they would make the hot dog... More

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

Thank you for your review, Heather. I regret that the service you experienced did not reflect the high standards we set for our establishment. The service you described is not typical for the majority of our customers. I do hope will you stop in again sometime, and give us a shot at giving you the Mel's dining experience we have... More

Riverview, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I've been wanting to come to this place for awhile since I am a big fan of hot dogs. I've finally gotten a chance to visit once me and a couple friends went to a Roller Derby match in the area. We came in and the place seems nice and the server seemed very energetic me and one of my... More

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

We appreciate your feedback, Lucas. We understand our prices are a little higher than the fast food chains who also offer a quick hot dog, but we prefer to offer high-quality menu items - including Vienna Beef products sourced directly from Chicago - in order to deliver the high-quality food and authentic Chicago taste that has kept our guests coming... More

Tampa, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

I am not an afficianado of Chicago cuisine but I have visited there several times and love the pizza, beef sandwiches and hotdogs the city is famous for. Mel's Hotdogs in Tampa serves hotdogs and beef sandwiches as good or better than several places I've eaten in Chicago. I've been going for over 30 years and the food has been... More

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

Thank you so much for your review, Bill. We are proud to have had the chance to serve quality food to Tampa area residents and visitors for over 40 years now. It's regulars, like you, who keep independent, family-run businesses like ours going strong year after year. Thank you. More

Naples, Florida
Top Contributor
199 reviews 199 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I have a serious hot dog problem. Hot dog's to me are what wine is to a wino. I simply cant get enough of them. I even crave the ones I see on a convenience store roller grill. It has been a life long issue. With that being said, If I need a serious fix to my problem I would... More

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

Thank you so much for your kind review, Dave. We are happy to continue to provide a quality fix for your hot dog addiction. Stop in anytime! More

Mechanicsburg, PA
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96 reviews 96 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
230 helpful votes 230 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

A friend of mine recommended that I should try Mel's Hot Dogs on my next visit to Tampa, and today, I visited for the first time and truly enjoyed it. I patronized the restaurant way past lunch hour so there were no crowds, although I do hear that the crowds are large at lunchtime, so get there early or late!... More

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

Thank you so much for stopping in, Traveler0714. We appreciate your feedback and understanding that our prices are a little higher in order to continue to provide the high-quality food our regular guests have come to expect over the last 41 years we've been in business. We hope you will stop in again next time you are in town! More

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