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Tampa
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

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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Roswell, GA
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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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
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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 

Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Average... The Chicago dog was what I had. Also, fries and baked beans. The fries were hit and there was a small container for baked beans.

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

Thanks for stopping in, evanro. Although we are known for our authentic Chicago-style hot dogs, we occasionally run into someone that doesn't find that particular dog to their liking. Perhaps next time you stop in, you could give our Mel's May Way - served with the topping of you choice - a try. That way you can be sure to... More 

Tampa, Florida
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Nothing to dislike at Mel's friendly staff, clean and choices galore! Love everything but the green relish, probably the color then the taste. Great fries and cole slaw.

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

Thank you so much for coming and eating at Mel's, travelertampa1. You'll have to come in again more often, so we can get you used to our authentic, Chicago-style, bright-green relish! More 

Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

If you like hot dogs, you'll love Mel's. A great selection of hot dogs, sausages and brats, along with burgers and chicken, but if you go, you have to have a dog. The cheddar bacon dog is my favorite, but they're all great. It's a quick and casual place, with friendly service. Perfect place for a quick and delicious lunch.

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

Thank you so much for stopping in, ERFSU82, and sharing your favorite menu item with us on your review! More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We were here on a Saturday in September, before the snowbird rush. It was midway between lunch and dinner hours. Despite not having many customers, every empty table was filthy. The staff appeared slow and slovenly. That aside, we were there for the food. The bread was fine, but the beef looked and tasted like the "italian" roast beef from... More 

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

Thank you for your review, Ralph. I regret that we did not offer you the great experience that we are known for. From your description, it sounds like you possibly arrived shortly after our lunch rush, and our staff had not yet had the chance to reset the dining room. Regarding the Vienna Beef products, being a former Chicagoan, myself,... More 

St. Petersburg, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Well I finally made it to Mels hot dogs,and God only knows that I should have stayed away. The first thing you notice is the lack of parking. So you finally get parked and you go inside and all of a sudden the high prices of a hot dog jumps at you. The crazy thing about it you pay for... More 

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

Thank you for stopping in and trying us out, srmwrw. I understand that some people may stop in expecting a cheap hot dog joint, but the mission of Mel's, since we opened over 40 years ago, has always been to bring high-quality, Chicago-style hot dogs to Tampa. People that are not as familiar with the premium Vienna Beef products we... More 

Clermont, Florida
Top Contributor
588 reviews 588 reviews
495 restaurant reviews
197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

OK great hot dogs are served at Mel's. But $15.99 for one Chilli dog and one bacon cheese dog with fries and slaw seems like they are pricing themselves out of the market. The place is still clean and neat with good food but pricy. Still a roadfood place worth for stars.

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

Thank you so much for coming in again, Roger. We are aware that are prices are a bit higher than your average hot dog stand, but we hope you understand that it does cost us more to bring our customers the high-quality, Authentic Vienna Beef products we have been known for over the last 40 years. We hope you will... More 

Hernando, Florida
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

What can you say about a hot dog? I can say they are great at Mels. Iirst ate at Mels not long after he opened many years ago. It was good then and it is still good today. Mel has always been active in his business; that is probably why the quality of his food is consistant.

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

Thank you so much for your continued patronage, 45hombre. We truly appreciate dedicated customers like you that keep local businesses like us going strong. More 

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Additional Information about Mel's Hot Dogs

Address: 4136 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33617
Phone Number: 813-985-8000
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
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
Average Prices: USD 0 - 20

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