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7 Places to Get a Good Hot Dog in Tampa Bay

Anthony Malafronte

TEAM LEADER and HEAD of STUFF @ My Tampa Agent, Anthony has been a resident of Tampa Bay for over 23 years.

Jan 24 3 minutes read

Here are seven great spots to get an excellent hot dog in Tampa Bay!

Mel’s Hot Dogs

Mel’s Hot Dogs has been around since 1973 and is located near Busch Gardens on Busch Boulevard. They pride themselves on their Chicago style dogs made with natural casing hot dogs. But that’s not all they serve. Get a chili dog, slaw dog, and even a Reuben dog when you go! 

Portillo’s

When Portillo’s first opened in 1963 as a hot dog stand in Chicago, a legend was born. The first stand was known as “The Dog House” but they quickly grew from there. Now you enjoy hot dogs from Portillo’s in Brandon. They serve hot dogs, polish sausages, chili dogs, and much more.

Chicago Paulie’s

Open since 2009 on Howard Avenue in Tampa, you can get any type of dog you can imagine from Chicago Paulie’s. As the name suggests, Chicago style is on the menu. You can also get New York style hot dogs, polish sausages, and chili dogs. Not in the mood for a dog? No problem. They’ve got beef sandwiches and burgers, too.

Bruce’s Chicago Grill and Doghouse

Located in Largo on Ulmerton, Bruce’s Chicago Grill and Doghouse is known for good food and fast service. Grab a quick lunch and get a Chicago dog (of course) or a chili cheese dog. You can get a beef sandwich, fries, and more, too. 

Hot Dogs on Main

If you don’t know it’s there, you might miss Hot Dogs on Main in Dunedin. It’s tucked back a bit and what reviewers have called a “hidden gem.” The service is friendly and the food is delicious. Enjoy a Chicago dog, a Brooklyn dog, or maybe just a salad or beef sandwich.

Coney Island Grill

Family-owned since 1926, Coney Island Grill in St. Pete has been a family tradition for multiple generations. People still go because their grandparents took them 30 or more years ago and they loved it. They specialized in Michigan-style chili dogs, chili burgers, and hand-dipped shakes.

Daddy Dawgs Hot Dogs and Ice Cream

What started as a joke about a hot dog cart on the side of the road has grown into a popular hot dog spot in Safety Harbor. Daddy Dawgs Hot Dogs and Ice Cream was born in 2015 and is definitely a family affair as a husband/wife/twin sons team. They take their hot dogs seriously by offering more than the Chicago, New York, or Coney style you might expect. They’ve got a mac and cheese dog, a pulled pork dog, a Cuban dog, and of course, their specialty, the Daddy Dawg. 



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