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Mel's Hot Dogs

#84 of 1,831 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
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4136 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33617-5936
+1 813-985-8000
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103 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went with some friends and they recommended sausage and burger, but it was OK, nothing from another world, just the price was impressive, too pricey for what you get. To go for a first time... to said that you tried it and THAT it.

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

Thank you for stopping in. Next time, try our famous Vienna Beef hot dogs. More 

Tampa, Florida
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I go to Mel's Hot Dogs as often as I can. It's an institution in Tampa Bay and beyond. There aren't that many places in Tampa Bay where hot dogs are the primary item on the menu. At Mel's you can get an American hot dog, styled any way you like it. Want a Chicago Dog? A Coney Island Red... More 

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Thank rbarry2
Mel L, Owner at Mel's Hot Dogs, responded to this review

Thank you for you weinerful comments. Thankful for people like you. More 

Ann Arbor
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Mel's is the best Chicago hot dog spot you'll ever find. I can say that because I grew up in Chicago. The place is fun, the people love their jobs and best of all they love their boss. Mel is to be experienced. He is a one of a kind people person. Go for the hot dogs but hope that... More 

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

Thank you for the kind remarks Julianne D. Mel More 

Tampa, Florida
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you're visiting Tampa, a visit to Mel's is a must. He's conveniently located next to Busch Gardens. The dogs are excellent and the poppy seed buns melt in your mouth! Be sure to get a T shirt or bumper sticker. People send pics of Mel's Tees or stickers from all over the world, and many are framed on the... More 

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

Thanks. Yes, too can be famous on our walls. Get the Mel's Hot Dogs apparel. Pack it in your suitcase when you travel and send us your photos. More 

Jacksonville, Florida
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Mel's is definitely a place to stop if you like hotdogs! Lots to choose from - you won't be disappointed! Pictured here is a Mighty Mel and a Chili Cheese basket. Oh and their relish is awesome!

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Thank LoveMyOhana
Mel L, Manager at Mel's Hot Dogs, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us and thank you for the 5*****rating. More 

Tampa, Florida
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing hot dogs a place to see while in Tampa has ALL kinds of hot dogs set in 50"s been there many many times love their hotdogs

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Thank jhammock2
Mel L, Manager at Mel's Hot Dogs, responded to this review

Thank you for your support. We try to have a menu that will satisfy everyone's taste buds. Thank you for the 5***** More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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275 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome hot dogs and hamburgers! Stopped in with a colleague for a late lunch and enjoyed this retro hot dog stand. Extensive menu of different hot dogs and burgers to choose from. Will return when back in Tampa!

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Thank RJB1215
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

Mel's has been a lunch time institution for decades. Just around the corner from Busch Gardens, the parking lot is packed on Saturdays. Luckily, there is an overflow lot down the side street. The hot dogs are excellent, the fries are fresh, and the service is friendly. The memorabilia on the walls is an authentic look back at this Tampa... More 

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26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

Delicious hot dogs & fries, exceptional customer service, a step back in time w/ great tunes and photo walls. Took Jessica's recommendation as a 1st timer and she didn't steer me wrong...her outgoing personality, friendliness, and integrity (I left my phone on counter) will bring me back!!

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Thank Mary T
Plant City, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

By far a staple in Tampa and one of the BEST hot dog joints around. It's a bit pricey (like $11 for a slaw dog, side of slaw or beans, fries and a drink) but when you get a hankering for a delicious hot dog, this is where you go!

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Thank Mimi13Shep
Mel L, Owner at Mel's Hot Dogs, responded to this review

Thank you. We are not a fast food restaurant and we serve quality Vienna Beef products. So, we do not have fast food pricing. Appreciate your 5 stars. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$4 - $14
Cuisine
American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4136 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33617-5936
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: +1 813-985-8000
Description
World Class Wieners and other gourmet sandwiches. Cold beer and warm hearts.

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