Fodor's Expert Review Mel's Hot Dogs

$ Tampa Hot Dog

Look for the red wiener-mobile parked on the north side of the highway near the theme park, and you'll find this 1950s-style diner that specializes in dogs and fries. It's a must after a long day of riding roller coasters and scoping out zebras at Busch Gardens. Venture inside to find walls dotted with photos from fans and a hot-diggity menu that's heaven for tube-steak fans. You can order a traditional dog, but try something with a little more pizzazz, such as a Reuben-style bowwow on a poppy-seed bun, or the Mighty Mel, a quarter-pounder decked out with relish, mustard, and pickles. Herbivores, fear not: there's a vegan option on the menu, and it's mighty tasty. To avoid lunch crowds, arrive before 11:30 or after 1:30. Ready for a beer? With a decent list of domestic and import beers, they've got you covered.

Hot Dog Casual Lunch Dinner $

Quick Facts

4136 E. Busch Blvd.
Tampa, Florida  33617, USA


Known For:
  • Long list of hot dogs
  • Crispy, gold fries
  • Decent beer selection
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Sun., No credit cards

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