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Mel's Hot Dogs

4136 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33617
813-985-8000
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Ranked #346 of 1,963 restaurants in Tampa
Price range: $0 - $20
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English first
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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Riverview, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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182 reviews 182 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
163 helpful votes 163 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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95 reviews 95 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
227 helpful votes 227 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We're on a mission, find the best Chicago Dog in towns/states other than Chicago. Mel's qualifies, they are better than average, serving a dog that almost "like home," with us comparing it to our favorite in Chicago. The fries were yummy too and we're getting into a habit of stopping at Mel's after a visit to Orlando via Hwy 4... More

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

Thanks for stopping in and giving us a try! I'm happy we could give you a little taste of home. We hope to see you again soon. More

Clearwater, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

I visited Mel's on a recommendation. I went there on my lunch break which luckily is an hour. It probably took 20 minutes from the time I walked in the restaurant, ordered, and received my food. I didn't think it was terribly busy when I arrived. I got the Reuben dog basket because I love sauerkraut on my hot dogs.... More

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

Thank you so much for giving us a try, Rose. If the Reuben wasn't to your taste, perhaps try one of our most popular menu items - The Mel's Special. That one is also topped with sauerkraut in addition to mustard, onions, relish and pickle. I admit, lunchtime is our busiest time of day, and the fact that we dress... More

Midwest USA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Hot dogs bring back thoughts of younger days, and there's nothing like a good natural casing wiener. My wife and I had Chicago Style Dogs and fries at Mel's. Both items were well prepared and were as good or better than any we've had in Chicago. The place was very clean. The atmosphere was nostalgic 1950s era. The staff was... More

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

A very hearty thank you to you and your wife coming in to enjoy a dog with us! I am so happy you enjoyed your time in our establishment and hope you have a chance to stop in and see us again. More

Longboat Key, Florida
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161 reviews 161 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

We saw the signs, were intrigued with the hot dog car, so we had lunch. We were really not impressed, they were not terrible, but they were not great either. I had the chili dog, the chili was flavorless, possibly canned. The hot dog wasn't anything special, not much flavor. My husband had the loaded Chicago dog and he found... More

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

I regret that your experience with us was not the one we hope to deliver to each guest that walks in the door. We use only the highest quality ingredients in our food, usually resulting in a delicious, flavorful meal for our guests. If you are in the area again, I hope you and your husband will give us a... More

Tampa, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

Been coming here since I was a, little kid. Nothing has changed... and that's just how I like it. It's a wonderful place! So good!!!!!

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

I am always happy to hear from lifelong fans. Thank you so much for being a repeat customer for all these years and for your fantastic review. More

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