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Mel's Hot Dogs

#102 of 1,874 Restaurants in Tampa
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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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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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124 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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104 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Apollo Beach, Florida
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50 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

This local hot spot has the feel of an old 50's diner. It rest just East of Busch Gardens, literally on the edge of their parking lot. Once there you will find an amazing place with an assortment of Dogs perfected in classic Chicago style. Make sure to see their Wiener Beetle!

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Thank Trevor J
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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327 reviews
235 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

I love hot dogs. My favorite food ever. So when I was in Tampa and drove by this place I just had to stop in. Was I ever disappointed. If I didn't know it was a hot dog I was eating I would have never been able to guess what it was. Totally bland. Even with kraut. Unfortunately I ordered... More 

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Thank njpk
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55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Very disappointed ask for sauerkraut chili and coleslaw toppings I got coleslaw I said did you want to make it a basket so I did 11:99 for fries and coleslaw...the lady was in a real Rush can I your have your name... next ... very disappointed needs better customer service hot dog meat with just lukewarm. I realize it was... More 

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Thank Herman S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

I can't stress enough of how long I've worked in the hospitality industry. When I walked I wasn't only greeted but I was greeted with and intense smile and a sweet couple of ladies behind the counter. She guided me through your menu to set me up with exactly what I was looking for. I had a chili dog and... More 

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Thank James W
Clearwater, Florida
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44 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

I had heard that this was the only place to buy a hot dog. I saw a review of it on local television and planned a visit while we were in Tampa. Unfortunately, it fell short of expectations. I loved the retro décor, the staff couldn't have been friendlier but it was the food that let me down. I'm kind... More 

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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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?