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Mel's Hot Dogs

4136 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33617-5936
+1 813-985-8000
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“chicago dog” (23 reviews)
“chili dog” (12 reviews)
“fries” (57 reviews)
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American, Fast food
4136 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33617-5936
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Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

This place has been delivering quality dogs since the early ‘70’s, so you know they must be doing something right. It’s counter service in a diner-type atmosphere, with very friendly staff. Hot dogs are about $4, and for a bit more you can get a...More

1  Thank Robogator0
Mel L, Owner at Mel's Hot Dogs, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2018

Hey there!! Thanks for the 5-stars and we are so happy you enjoyed your experience at Mel's Hot Dogs! We hope to see you back soon.

Reviewed 11 February 2018

I go to Mel's at least once a month (more if I am in the area). Everything from Chicago Hot dogs to Hot Beef sandwiches are the best. Consistency is the best word to describe Mel"s. Service and food are great, You wont be disappointed...More

Thank MrBig333
Mel L, Owner at Mel's Hot Dogs, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2018

Oh man, you're making me blush!! Thanks for the love. We appreciate your kind words and continued business! Come visit again soon :)

Reviewed 5 February 2018

Mels is a Tampa institution. It certainly does bang out a lot of them. Would love to know how many they serve in a day. I have been here many times. I have only had the Chicago dog and Fries. I think it is just...More

Thank susant771
Mel L, Owner at Mel's Hot Dogs, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2018

Hi there-- and thanks for the love!! We appreciate you visiting us over the years...and YES, try the Brat next time you visit, you won't be disappointed!

Reviewed 11 December 2017

Stopped for lunch and it was great. Had the chili dog basket and it was great, fries were fresh and the cole slaw was tasty. Prices were more than reasonable. The staff were extremely friendly and the place was extremely clean. Love the hot dog...More

1  Thank avgjoey
Mel L, Owner at Mel's Hot Dogs, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2018

Thanks so much for the love, friend!! We are thrilled you enjoyed yourself and can't wait to serve you again soon!

Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

Stopped by here for a quick dinner. My first time trying a Chicago style hotdog and it was awesome. I'm not bug on relish, but Mel's relish is super fresh and delicious. The poppy bun is so soft. Cole slaw is homemade. I would love...More

1  Thank michelle r
Mel L, Owner at Mel's Hot Dogs, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2017

Hi Michelle! So happy you stopped in and enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you back soon!!

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

1  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.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$14
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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
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World Class Wieners and other gourmet sandwiches. Cold beer and warm hearts.
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