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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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11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Families with children
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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  • 54
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Tasty and quick!

Hot dogs and way you can think of are here. Prices are a little higher than expected, but worth it, because of the quality and many toppings. Fries are fabulous and plentiful! The owner will entertain you with conversation, if you are lucky.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Carolyn R
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Clinton, North Carolina
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Clinton, North Carolina
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27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Hot dogs and way you can think of are here. Prices are a little higher than expected, but worth it, because of the quality and many toppings. Fries are fabulous and plentiful! The owner will entertain you with conversation, if you are lucky.

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Thank Carolyn R
Temple Terrace, Florida, United States
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31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's tkitchy and maybe just a bit overpriced but still great. Mel's hasn't changed much since I worked there as a high-schooler and that's a good thing. The food is still of great quality even if it's just dogs and fries. The servers still seem to have a good time and all the pictures of peeps in their Mel's t-shirts... More 

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Thank ESW_TT
tampa
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181 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Mel's has been around for decades. If you like your kind of hot dog (the real thing) your way, this is your place. It's clean, and the service is fast. Their buns and toppings are special, too. Good place to go for a fast meal and it's close to Busch Gardens. Take Mel's to go.

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Thank luv2travel33549
Phoenix, Arizona
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

People are crazy, this place is amazing!!! Delicious food and super fast. Comparing it to the hot dogs in Chicago when you've lived there isn't fair but it's the next best thing!!!! The hamburgers are also wonderful!

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Thank Ksherwood13
Palmer, MA
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110 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

I'm a hot dog lover, and Mel's is a pretty good joint. Good choices abound, whether you want the typical dog, or something a little spicier - fire dog, Chicago, veggie, corn dog - lots of options on a poppy-seed bun. Hard to believe I've visited Mel's so many times while on vacation in Tampa, but never reviewed. Love a... More 

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Thank pbwhite
Tampa, Florida
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100 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

Mel's Hot Dogs is one of those iconic stops in Tampa and it was close to where we were around dinner time, so we stopped in for a quick dinner. Yes, the hot dogs are good but I'm not quite sure what all the fuss is - they somehow hit the right mix of being "the" hot dog place that... More 

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Thank Manatee5
Tampa, Florida
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

I've grown up in the Tampa Bay area and some of my earliest memories involve coming here with my family. With Busch Gardens being a block down the road I remember many times we would leave the park for lunch to meet my grandparents here with them living just down the road. Every time I walk in the door and... More 

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Thank Travis P
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015 via mobile

Myself and my partner we're waiting to attend the howloscream night at Busch gardens recently and turned up a little bit early so decide to go off in search of some food. We passed this little restaurant and it definitely caught our eye. In the style of a old school diner I couldn't help but check them out. Their menu... More 

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Thank Mike B
Tampa, Florida, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

I have been a resident of the Tampa area since the 1980's. I am never disappointed when dining at Mel's Hot Dogs. I travel a lot and the owner of Mel's Hot Dogs has nailed it as far as bringing the taste of a Chicago Vienna dog to Tampa. Thank you Mel for being a Tampa landmark and continuing to... More 

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Thank Jan E
Vero Beach, Florida
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

We lived in Tampa for a short time in the early 1980's and always remembered Mel's. Went back this weekend for a family wedding and it was still as good as we remembered, although a lot bigger! Got the last parking space at about 12:30 on a Friday. Very crowded, but they are efficient and you don't wait long for... 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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?