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Mel's Hot Dogs

Hot Dog Joint and American Restaurant$$$$
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  • Kurt P.
    "Mel's Chicago Style Hot Dogs are "the" best in all of Tampa."(3 Tips)
    Rudi G.
    "The chili dog is the best one I've ever had, even beats my dad's!"(8 Tips)
    Ran "Yodo Aw-som" @.
    "best chicago dog"(5 Tips)
    Erica N.
    "The best hot dogs in Tampa."(3 Tips)
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  • Marc S.
    Marc SinghOctober 18, 2013
    Fire Dog is delicious. Beef hotdog cooked with Dijon mustard and hot peppers topped with grilled onions, bell peppers, and sport peppers. Best hotdog place I've ever been too
  • TBOcom
    TBOcomJune 21, 2011
    The hot dog is as much a part of life as breathing air, and Mel's — quite frankly — is king. The Chicago dog is as good as you'll find anywhere outside the Windy City.
  • Stephen M.
    Stephen MossJuly 1, 2015
    Chili dog and Reuben Dog are great! Terrific place for kids.
    Upvoted Mar 21
  • Carmen C.
    Carmen CannonMarch 13, 2012
    that chili dog was the bomb! I would order it as recommended with the cheese, onions & mustard! delish!
  • Carol H.
    Carol HitchcockApril 15, 2013
    The food was great, but slightly strange to be told that if you order ice tea 2 hours before they close that you can't have a refill because they are almost out. oh well water for me!
  • Ivonne T.
    Ivonne ThompsonOctober 2, 2010
    Their might Mel hot dog is perfect! It has all the good stuff and order the basket that come with fries and their delicious slaw.
  • Nomad
    NomadSeptember 10, 2013
    Try the Mel's Special Dog - Never thought I was a hot dog guy. Ill be back. Worth the trip.
  • John T.
    John TroelstrupJuly 16, 2011
    Chilling dog with mustard and onions rock. Get a side of else for a topping. Too mean for the people.
  • Ken B.
    Ken BowlingNovember 2, 2016
    A must visit if you are in Tampa. Try the Chicago style dog.
  • Rudi G.
    Rudi GrubOctober 31, 2011
    The chili dog is the best one I've ever had, even beats my dad's! Outstanding food and service :D
  • Kurt P.
    Kurt PiepenbrinkJuly 16, 2016
    Mel's Chicago Style Hot Dogs are "the" best in all of Tampa. Just wish he had a downtown location!!
  • Marlon A.
    Marlon AlaanFebruary 7, 2016
    Had the Mel's special hot dog and it's good. 👍🏼
  • Kara M.
    Kara MundySeptember 18, 2015
    I only eat hot dogs from here. The buns are the absolute perfect touch.
  • Mymy C.
    Mymy ChauOctober 31, 2011
    Friendly, cute little retro environment. Try the Reuben hotdog!! So yummy.
  • Anthony D.
    Anthony DyerJanuary 17, 2016
    Pepper dog is a little too much but everything else has been wonderful.
  • Maureen H.
    Maureen HoganMay 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicago style hot dogs are delish. If you like reubans, then I would also recommend their reuban dog. YuM!
  • Stephanie D.
    Stephanie DiazMay 30, 2011
    Chili dog is amazing! Hits the spot after a long day in the sun at BG or AI.
  • Erica N.
    Erica N.October 27, 2010
    The best hot dogs in Tampa. Keep an eye out for Mel, he stops by occasionally.
  • Anthony C.
    Anthony ChuchmanSeptember 17, 2011
    Beef was good, close to authentic; however, a nuked tamale? Why not steam TomTom Tamales?
  • Camden L.
    Camden LynnJanuary 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Polish Sausage 'Chicago Style' great combo!
  • annalea c.
    annalea croweSeptember 5, 2013
    Chili dogs are best in town!
  • Jason I.
    Jason IsraelSeptember 27, 2012
    If your not crazy hungry get a couple dogs. It will fill u up
  • Juliana V.
    Chili dogs. I've had them since I was five. XD
  • Daylina M.
    Daylina MillerAugust 8, 2014
    I've never tried a dog here that I didn't like.
  • Carlos E.
    Carlos EatsJune 30, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Their corn dogs are delicious! The closest to state fair corn dogs :)
  • Erica N.
    Erica N.October 27, 2010
    Best hot dogs in Tampa. Great after a long day at Busch Gardens!
  • Steve C.
    Steve CressyJuly 11, 2015
    These are the best dogs anywhere.
  • Tasha M.
    Tasha MillsApril 6, 2015
    Chili slaw dog and fries!
  • justen f.
    justen fJuly 8, 2011
    Please don't wear a tie or Mel will tell you it scares away the locals.
  • Matt J.
    Matt JonesSeptember 30, 2016
    Mighty Mel Basket is great!
  • Heather N.
    Heather NelsonFebruary 26, 2016
    Best Hot Dogs in Tampa!!!!
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle McDonaldJanuary 21, 2013
    Chicago Style Hot Dog was amazing
  • Nancy W.
    Nancy WardJune 8, 2013
    Get the Mel's Special Dog!
  • fred f.
    fred firzgeraldJune 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Snack dogs, corn dogs it's all good!!!
  • Nicki F.
    Nicki FFebruary 12, 2013
    Chicago dog. All the way.
  • Ran "Yodo Aw-som" @.
    The Chicago dog was good, wasn't the best chicago dog I've had, but it was decent.
  • Ruth B.
    Ruth BarrosoJanuary 15, 2014
    Best hot dog in town!!
  • Nitsa D.
    Nitsa DApril 11, 2011
    No longer cash only! Debit and credit now accepted after 38 years.
  • Rita H.
    Rita HummelNovember 30, 2013
    Chicago n chili dogs r awesome!!
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhJanuary 2, 2015
    Yummy hot dogs
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhJanuary 2, 2015
    Friendly staff here.
  • Lisa C.
    Lisa CummingsAugust 7, 2010
    The chili cheese dog was amazing
  • Carlos E.
    Carlos EatsMay 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Not cash only anymore! :)
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SotoOctober 1, 2010
    They have weinerful catering!!!
  • Matt V.
    Matt VDecember 21, 2010
    Cash only!
  • Jeff J.
    Jeff JonesAugust 11, 2011
    Chicago dog! Read more
  • Matt V.
    Matt VDecember 16, 2010
    Bacon Cheddar Dog!
  • Will H.
    Will HutsonDecember 23, 2009
    Get the side bowl of chili!
  • Jon-Michael H.
    Jon-Michael HerlthApril 24, 2010
    Chicago Style is O_O good
  • chucker
    chuckerFebruary 16, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Sporks do the job on the beans
  • Missy M.
    Missy MonroeAugust 7, 2014
    Too expensive for what we got :/
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