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Mel's Hot Dogs

4136 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33617
+1 813-985-8000
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good29%
  • Average8%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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“chicago dog” (21 reviews)
“chili dog” (11 reviews)
“fries” (54 reviews)
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American, Fast food
4136 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33617
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Mel's always pleases the hotdog lovers in the Tampa area. It is the nearest place to get a real "Chicago" dog in the area. The menu has offerings to please just about anyone, from hotdogs to Italian beef, chicken and fries, and lots of options....More

Thank thefordman28
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mel's has been around since Moses left the wilderness, so there must be something to it.. I went to lunch there with an old friend from our college days, and we went there back then as well. Not much has changed. You can get a...More

Thank Casacarajo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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...More

Thank mrdr1961
Reviewed 13 April 2017

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.

Thank Matthew R
Reviewed 11 April 2017

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

Thank Judy W
Reviewed 8 April 2017

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...More

Thank Michael R
Reviewed 28 March 2017 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....More

Thank Teachermom77
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...More

Thank David M
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.

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...More

Thank Zithic
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 4 - US$ 14
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
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
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World Class Wieners and other gourmet sandwiches. Cold beer and warm hearts.