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Mel's Hot Dogs

#89 of 1,873 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
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4136 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33617
+1 813-985-8000
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11:00 - 20:00
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Mon - Sat 11:00 - 20:00
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Vincennes
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was on vacation with a couple friends visiting Florida from Indiana, we wanted something local and casual. It was the perfect dinner, the selection was amazing and the place was nice and clean and the staff was very helpful in suggesting things to try on the menu. I felt the pricing was fair and we just enjoyed the whole... More 

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Thank mrdr1961
Sioux city
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

OMG! Best hot dogs in town. Lots of options, history and awesome staff. Slaw awesome, fries awesome and all the other sides are great. They have really great Chicago Dog too. Eaten there lots of times and love the experience.

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Thank Matthew R
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is no other place to go for Hot Dogs. They have a variety of hot dog types from chili n cheese, to Chicago style, to reuben to well you name, they have. Along with Italian Roast Beef sandwiches

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Thank Judy W
Queenstown, New Zealand
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433 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 551 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ate dinner with my wife at this joint. Very clean and friendly operation. The food was top notch. Just like being back on the Southside. I had the beef sandwich and my wife had the Chicago-style hot dog. The only difference is that back on the Southside I'm not paying $5 for a dog or $9 for a sandwich but... More 

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Thank Michael R
Columbus, Ohio
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My grandpa used to pick us up from the airport and our first stop was always Mel's for lunch. This time I brought my family. It's been over 20 years since I visited and it's just like I remember. Great hot dogs and friendly service. Great job Mel's!

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Thank Teachermom77
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Mel's is an authentic restaurant, we were coming out of Busch Gardens and saw it, immediately caught our eyes and all the family agreed on stopping there. The menu is quite extensive and there's options for all tastes. The place itself is a nice spot and prices are ok

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Thank David M
Tampa, Florida
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40 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Hot dogs are great at Mel's. My favorite is the chili dog. Yes, they cost a few pennies more but you pay for a quality product. Super clean and a large selection of hot dogs.

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Thank BDLTPA2
St. Petersburg, Florida
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

If you've ever been to Chicago, had a great hotdog or awesome Italian beef sandwich, well here is the closest thing to perfection in the tampa Bay Area. The place is wonderful from the decor to the service, and of course the food. Every basket is prepared with love and attention to detail. I could list the 20 hot dog... More 

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Thank Zithic
Singapore, Singapore
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125 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

We've been coming here forever. It's time I wrote a review. My husband swears they have the best hamburgers in town. I always get the snack dog. They give you enough fries to feed two people. Whenever in this area, we're tempted to try other restaurants but always go back to Mel's.

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Thank bren m
Sarasota, Florida
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107 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

I used to eat here when I worked at Busch Gardens; it was always a favorite. I just went back for a visit and it's as good as it was all those years ago! The food is good, the prices are reasonable and the staff is excellent.

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Thank tvlgypsy

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$14
Cuisine
American, Fast food
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 20:00
Thursday
11:00 - 20:00
Friday
11:00 - 20:00
Saturday
11:00 - 20:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?