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Mel's Hot Dogs

#110 of 1,834 Restaurants in Tampa
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW 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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Thank StephGator
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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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Plant City, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

Dunedin, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Mel's is our go to place for the best hot dog ever. My husband & I drive a long way for these yummy dogs. What is better than a warm poppy seed bun with a natural casing dog of wonder inside. Pick toppings of your choice. Mine is cheese & slaw, husband's is a Chicago dog. They don't make um... More 

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

Thank you for the kind words. More 

Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Place was very clean, people were very friendly and the food was very good. I got the chili cheese and onion hot dog. The Wife got the loaded Chicago dog. We both loved the taste and everything seemed very fresh. If I had only thing I would say is for the prices the hotdogs are only normal sized. I used... More 

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Thank smithrob26
Mel L, Owner at Mel's Hot Dogs, responded to this review

Thank you. We only use the highest quality Vienna Beef products. More 

Nanuet, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Go back in time when you go to Mel's!!! Best dog you will ever have with fresh delicious toppings. You would never think of them either. You don't leave hungry for sure. And great prices.

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

Thank you More 

Tampa, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You feel like you are back in the 1960's. Great hotdogs and fries. Fast and friendly service. Even Mel works the crowd and tells stories of his days in the Army.

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

Never know when I will be working hard behind the counter or visiting with my favorite customers. More 

Gainesville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

The hot dogs are delicious and the customer service was friendly. The price was kind of high for hot dogs and fries. While the food was good, at the end of the day...it was hot dogs. We may return in the future if we are REALLY craving hot dogs. Not sure though. I think people visit for the experience more... More 

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

We only use the highest quality of Vienna Beef products and the our costs are higher than an average hot dog. Hope you will return to Mel's Hot Dogs many times. More 

Covington, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

So so good!! Fun little place. I had the bacon cheddar dog and fries. Hubby had grilled chicken and the kid had a burger. All of it was great! Neighborhood seemed kinda sketch but we would risk it again for another dog!

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Thank tissy19
Mel L, Owner at Mel's Hot Dogs, responded to this review

Happy you enjoyed your meals. We have been at the same location since 1973. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

I have been going to Me'ls Hot Dogs since 1975, and the quality and service have always been exceptional. You'll find Mel there still, behind the counter and schmoozing with the customers. He uses Chicago style hot dogs in natural casings (and 1 offering of a skinless dog) with steamed poppy seed buns. This is the only hot dog I'll... More 

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

Thank you for your loyalty to Mel's Hot Dogs. 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
Dining on a budget, Families with children
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
  • 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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