Pink’s Hot Dogs – Los Angeles, CA

by Gary Weinberg on July 23, 2009

I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical about how good the hot dogs at this place could be; even after I received so many referrals to tryPink's Pink’s from friends and coworkers.  They all told me when you’re in L.A. you have to try Pink’s at least once – Maybe it’s my Pittsburgh upbringing but I never think of the west coast for having good hot dogs. To me, good hot dogs (and pizza for that matter.. but that’s another discussion) are only found back east, and of course in certain locations in the midwest.

Well, I was proved wrong by Pink’s.

Yes, it’s a hole in the wall but nevertheless this place had a line wrapping around the building. Right away, you have to know that 100 people couldn’t be wrong about a good hot dog. So my dining companion and I get into line, it took us about an hour to move up to the counter to order. This place isn’t anything fancy, it’s a true hot dog stand. They have a few tables outside and a very small dining area Outside Pinksthat is covered as well. Service was quick and efficient… I mean seriously, this place is a well oiled machine. I’m also told that Pink’s is a Hollywood favorite and celebrities can be seen stopping by for a hot dog. They have a S*it ton of hot dogs on their menu – a lot of them are specialty dogs, like the Rosie O’Donnell Dog, which is a 10 inch stretch dog with mustard, onions, chili, and sauerkraut… OUCH, that one’s gotta hurt the next morning! As usual I ordered the chili cheese dog with mustard and onions, and we split the chili cheese fries.

In a word: awesome! the hot dog had excellent snap, the chili was fantastic, and the nacho cheese complimented the whole thing and was soaked up in to the bun nicely. Same with the chili cheese fries; very greasy, but it works very well. Both were extremely messy, Chili, Cheese, Onion, Mustardand if you know me, you know that I like messy when it comes to hot dogs and cheesesteaks; it’s a sign that it’s good. I left this hot dog stand thinking that next time I am in L.A. I will come back for another hot dog, it’s definitely worth the wait!

Pink’s Hot Dogs
709 N. La Brea Blvd., L.A., CA 90038
(323) 931-4223
Pink's Hot Dogs on Urbanspoon

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