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Mel's Hot Dogs

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4136 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33617
+1 813-985-8000
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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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Mel's Hot Dogs 4136 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33617

Chicago style hot dogs and Italian beefs in Tampa!!! YAAAAAAY! Many other hot dog choices as well. Always consistent, the service is always excellent and you are made to feel welcome. A Tampa north side landmark. Watch out for the Wiener Volkswagon out front. Don't eat it!

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I haven't eaten there in a long time. I used to go with my family all the time when I was a kid. They've been open for forever, a place loved by Tampa. It had been about ten years or more since I had visited. I still love the hot dogs and other food. They really are the best dogs... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Let me preface by saying that I am rating this establishment based on three things: the taste of the food, the quality of the service and the ambiance of the establishment. My husband and I visited Mel's in August, 2015. We both ordered different hot dogs and the taste was amazing. Neither of us had ever tasted a "Chicago Style"... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Mel's is the place for Chicago dogs, Italian beef and dogs to your taste. The slaw, pickles, mustard and relish compliment the buns and fries. Drinks of your choice. Next to Bush Gardens and convenient parking. Think hot dogs think Mel's.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We stopped in on a whim and I got the Fire Dog Basket, and the kids (11, 15) got a bacon cheddar and cheese dog, the Mrs. got a Mel's Dog sandwiches only. The basket came with a pile of fries that we all shared. That was plenty for us. The prices range from about $5 for a sandwich to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Chicago style hot dogs and Italian beefs in Tampa!!! YAAAAAAY! Many other hot dog choices as well. Always consistent, the service is always excellent and you are made to feel welcome. A Tampa north side landmark. Watch out for the Wiener Volkswagon out front. Don't eat it!

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

It had been about five years since my last visit. But nothing has changed. Same world class Vienna Chicago Hot Dogs, same friendly staff, same CLEAN tables. Chicago style hot dogs are World Class and Mel's prepares them to perfection. From the moist poppy seed bun to the snap when you first bite into this delicious dog, you are enjoying... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We came here after a visit to Busch Gardens, and we were not disappointed. Three children and myself, I'm the dad, got 4 different kind of hot dog baskets and cokes. Two of our meals they had to put the hot dog and fries in two separate baskets. I've have never been happier to put something so round and long... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015 via mobile

Today, after spending several hours at Busch Gardens, my wife and I decided to stop in at Mel's for a late lunch with our two children and a neighbor's kid we had with us. Since moving to Florida 2 years ago we've heard some rave about Mel's Hot Dogs. So, after placing our order of 4 hot dogs and a... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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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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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 

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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: American, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?