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4136 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33617
813-985-8000
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • 39
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    Very good
  • 10
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  • 9
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    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Oh so Good!

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... read more

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5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Saint Augustine, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

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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Tampa, Florida
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW 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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Tampa, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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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Riverview, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
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48 reviews 48 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
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35 reviews 35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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 

Roswell, GA
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Nice dogs. Slaw was way better than I expected & almost like my dad (from Chicago) used to make. It was a little more expensive than I thought it would be, but the service was friendly & they threw in a bumper sticker to add to our collection.

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

Thanks for stopping in, WeGoSlow! Glad to hear you enjoyed our homemade coleslaw, and thanks for sharing the great photo. Hope to see you in again sometime. More 

Alexandria, Virginia
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

I worked down the road from Mel's in the 1980s and frequented Mel's because of the great dogs and great service. Jump forward many years and career moves later... I stopped by Mel's recently after doing a VIP tour at Busch Gardens (which, BTW, was terrific). Not much has changed at Mel's--fortunately--and I felt right at home. The dogs and... More 

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

Glad to hear we are still delivering the same great experience you remember after all these years! Thanks for stopping in again while you were in town. 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: 813-985-8000

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?