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Mel's Hot Dogs

4136 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33617
+1 813-985-8000
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Overview
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“chicago dog” (22 reviews)
“chili dog” (11 reviews)
“fries” (53 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Fast food
PRICE
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LOCATION
4136 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33617
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1 - 10 of 180 reviews

Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

My wife have traveled all around the World and spent a lot of time in Germany. All we have is Bratwurst, of all places Mel's has the best we have tried. Hot Dogs look great as well but have not tried them. The French fries...More

Thank Mike R
Mel L, Owner at Mel's Hot Dogs, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2017

Mike-- thanks so much for the love!! My wife's mother hails from Germany so we had to get it right. Glad you approve, too! We send my mother-in-law shipments of brats regularly :) Trust me, the hot dogs are just as delicious!! Hope to see...More

Reviewed 13 August 2017

Seen this since I moved here in 93 when I went to Busch Garden but never went in - Finally 24 years later I stopped by . Hot Dogs were good and this place is clean so clean you can eat off the floor .

Thank corollaclub98
Mel L, Owner at Mel's Hot Dogs, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

Thank you so much for the great review!! We strive to serve up the best food in a stellar environment. Thanks for coming in and don't wait so long next time, ya hear?!! :)

Reviewed 12 August 2017

This place makes a hot dog any way you want it. Chicago style, with kraut, and any other way you can think of. The hot dogs were good and they gave you plenty of fries. Drinks are endless with the meal. We liked the food...More

Thank Jerome M
Mel L, Owner at Mel's Hot Dogs, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

You're the best, Jerome!! So happy y'all stopped in and enjoyed yourselves. Now wear those shirts with pride!! :)

Reviewed 13 July 2017

For almost 40 years, always saw signs for Mel's when getting off the interstate to go to Busch Gardens but for some reason never went there. Today we did. We each had a Chicago Dog and shared orders of French fries and onion rings. Everything...More

Thank William W
Mel L, Owner at Mel's Hot Dogs, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2017

Hi William! Thanks for stopping in, but sorry you didn't have an excellent experience. We hope you give us another try-- we aim to please! Have a great day.

Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

Decided to try a tampa landmark since I was in the area. The reason place like this last forever is the menu is simple, the food is delicious and the price is fair. Had a mighty mel with onion rings and enjoyed every bite

Thank Michael P
Mel L, Owner at Mel's Hot Dogs, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2017

Thanks so much for the great review, Michael! We appreciate ya.

Reviewed 3 July 2017

I went to Mel's with great expectations . Several friends provided me with the highest recommendation for Mel's Hot dogs. The place is a very 'cute' restaurant with an order counter and many tables. Place your order and they call your name. There is a...More

Thank charliespal2
Mel L, Owner at Mel's Hot Dogs, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2017

Thanks for the review, pal! Next time we're aimed at wowing ya. Also-- if you like light condiments or a specific type-- try the Mel's My Way. We'll make it just the way you like it! Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 17 June 2017

Been going to Mels for Hot Dogs with the grandkids for 13 years! It's the place of choice! Great dogs, fries, & slaw!

Thank William L
Jan E, Owner at Mel's Hot Dogs, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2017

Thank you William.

Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

I have been eating here several times a year since 1998. They have the best hot dogs in town! Maybe the only authentic hot dog place in Tampa.

1  Thank Kenneth N
Jan E, Owner at Mel's Hot Dogs, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2017

Thank you Kenneth

Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

We visited Mel's hot dogs after a visit to Adventure Island as it's close by. The hot dogs are served on delicious steamed buns with poppy seeds and there are loads of toppings to add. The French fries are yummy and the service is great....More

Thank SueInClearwater
Mel L, Owner at Mel's Hot Dogs, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2017

Sue-- you're the best! Thanks for the great review. Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 30 May 2017

We only saw this place as we were heading to our hotel...we thaought it looked like a great "Mom and Pop" place and decided to head back that way for supper. Wow...we were certainly pleasantly surprised! What a great deal! The staff was friendly, great...More

Thank Mark H
Mel L, Owner at Mel's Hot Dogs, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2017

Thanks so much for giving us a try, Mark! So glad you enjoyed yourself. Hope to see you again soon!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$4 - US$14
Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Television, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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
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Description
World Class Wieners and other gourmet sandwiches. Cold beer and warm hearts.
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