PINK'S HOT DOGS LOS ANGELES

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2006/12/05 20:49:41 (permalink)

PINK'S HOT DOGS LOS ANGELES

While I was over in LA this weekend I decided to stop by Pink's for a famous chili dog. I had to wait in line for at least 15 minutes and, while waiting in line, a tour bus driver flies by yelling "It's just a hot dog, people...get a life!."



Now I am sure it was part of his tour schtick, but after I finally made it through the line and had mine, I realized he was right. I guess it just shows you what the Hollywood hype machine can do for a place.

I know it has been reviewed on this site but who else has eaten there? Do you also think that it was nothing special or am I missing something?

I did get to Philippe for a French Dipped Sandwich and must say I was much happier with what I got there.





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    Sundancer7
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    RE: PINK'S HOT DOGS LOS ANGELES 2006/12/06 05:56:20 (permalink)
    I have visited Pinks many times when we race in Pomona. My opinion is that they are OK hot dogs and probably many years ago when they were very handy to the Hollywood set, they got their day of fame. They were handy and provided a quick lunch or dinner.

    It is true that they are very busy and it is quite of a tourist stop.

    Paul E. Smith
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    RE: PINK'S HOT DOGS LOS ANGELES 2006/12/06 11:13:52 (permalink)
    I, being cynical -- no, a careful consumer -- am wary of places like Pink's. It seems that every Food Network Personality -- no, Food Expert -- that visits LA on a roadfood-type/$40-day/local-flavor-jaunt catches up at Pink's. Like Varsity in Atlanta and Papaya King and Nathan's Coney Island in New York.

    How good can a hotdog be???

    And when is Rachel gonna' visit CSD???
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    RE: PINK'S HOT DOGS LOS ANGELES 2006/12/06 13:03:47 (permalink)
    I'm glad I have been to Pink's. Not necessarily for the just okay hot dogs itself, but for the experience. Having said that, it would not be on my list of things to do the next time I am in LA. There are too many other really good places to eat.
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    RE: PINK'S HOT DOGS LOS ANGELES 2006/12/06 13:10:41 (permalink)
    Ah! Stella Artois!!
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    RE: PINK'S HOT DOGS LOS ANGELES 2006/12/06 13:45:21 (permalink)
    I was born and raised in LA and Pinks is good, but I do not wait in line for anything. A Langer's pastrami sandwich is still worth the trip. Philippe French Dip - lamb sandwich is the best.
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    RE: PINK'S HOT DOGS LOS ANGELES 2006/12/06 18:33:06 (permalink)
    Too touristy for me now. I haven't been to Pinks in many years. I used to like the hot dogs and the atmosphere though. I'd go around 3 in the afternoon. Paul Pink would be frying his personal half chicken on the grill while putting your hot dog together quick as a switch and he'd be the only one on staff. I'd sit by myself and think how great it all was and imagined it would never change. So if anyone goes to Pinks now, imagine a lanky beautiful black man that no one ever worked harder than, standing behind the counter all alone with that half chicken on the grill, and hardly no one else in the shop, all quiet, and the future hidden like a tsunami that would wash it all away and leave something else in its place.
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    RE: PINK'S HOT DOGS LOS ANGELES 2006/12/06 19:06:32 (permalink)
    I agree that the cuisine at Pinks isn't anything to write home about. However, the experience of waiting in that line can be entertaining AND educational. When last there I overheard a conversation between two men that went like this:

    Man #1: "Have you ever eaten the Bacon Burrito Dog?
    Man #2: "No, have you?"
    Man #1: "Yeah, and 20 minutes later I could have dusted crops!"

    Now, wasn't that worth the visit?
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    RE: PINK'S HOT DOGS LOS ANGELES 2006/12/06 19:58:31 (permalink)
    I was in LA two years ago and had to try Pink's. It is an experience that is worth a try. The hot dogs were good but not great. The people watching and the overall atmosphere made it worth the wait.
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    RE: PINK'S HOT DOGS LOS ANGELES 2006/12/06 21:44:38 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by catosaurus

    I agree that the cuisine at Pinks isn't anything to write home about. However, the experience of waiting in that line can be entertaining AND educational. When last there I overheard a conversation between two men that went like this:

    Man #1: "Have you ever eaten the Bacon Burrito Dog?
    Man #2: "No, have you?"
    Man #1: "Yeah, and 20 minutes later I could have dusted crops!"

    Now, wasn't that worth the visit?


    They had a bacon wrapped Hot Dog at Pinks, and the day before I was at the USC-UCLA game where I saw them being grilled and sold by a Mexican street vendor in the midst of the Tailgate party. Someone told me it is a "specialty" that started in Mexico and is just now catching on here in the states. Anyone got a take on that?
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    RE: PINK'S HOT DOGS LOS ANGELES 2006/12/06 22:46:50 (permalink)
    I do enjoy the hot dogs at Pinks......

    But now there is a Pinks hot dog cart inside Hollywood Park Casino (on Century Blvd in Inglewood)
    only 3 miles from LAX. No waiting, and that same great taste!!!

    (and you can play a few hands of poker while you are there!)

    There are also a few movie theatres in LA County that won the right to serve Pinks hot dogs.
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    RE: PINK'S HOT DOGS LOS ANGELES 2006/12/06 23:13:55 (permalink)
    I found the hot dogs at Pinks to be pretty good, but eveything that goes on top of them is terrible, from the chili to the onions to the relish. Add the insane waiting time on top of that, and it isn't remotely worth the trip in my book.
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    RE: PINK'S HOT DOGS LOS ANGELES 2006/12/07 00:05:51 (permalink)
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    umbada Posted - 12/06/2006 : 18:33:06
    Too touristy for me now. I haven't been to Pinks in many years. I used to like the hot dogs and the atmosphere though. I'd go around 3 in the afternoon. Paul Pink would be frying his personal half chicken on the grill while putting your hot dog together quick as a switch and he'd be the only one on staff. I'd sit by myself and think how great it all was and imagined it would never change. So if anyone goes to Pinks now, imagine a lanky beautiful black man that no one ever worked harder than, standing behind the counter all alone with that half chicken on the grill, and hardly no one else in the shop, all quiet, and the future hidden like a tsunami that would wash it all away and leave something else in its place.
    .................. this all sounds very poetic indeed but it would be very difficult to imagine a beautiful lanky black man as you suggest ... for you see Paul Pink was a white man............
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    RE: PINK'S HOT DOGS LOS ANGELES 2006/12/07 01:45:11 (permalink)
    I lived in LA for eight years and went to Pink's several times. Overall, it doesn't live up to the hype. But, through some trial and error, I did discover a couple dogs there that I enjoyed:

    The 10 Inch Stretch Dog

    The Foot Long Jalepeno Dog

    I think they're much tastier than the standard dog or the Polish. I'd usually get them with mustard, relish and onion. Do not get them with chili. It just overwhelms the flavor of the dog. If you must try the chili, get it on the fries or corn chips. And never pay the extra money for cheese. You'll just get a crummy slice of American.
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    RE: PINK'S HOT DOGS LOS ANGELES 2006/12/07 03:12:24 (permalink)
    Pinks is just okay. There is a Pink's Hot Dog @ the Alladin Hotel /Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas. I prefer the Tommy Burgers chili over Pink's chili.

    As for the bacon dogs, my family has been grilling dogs with bacon around it for decades. We heard it was big in Mexico but I wasn't aware it was so popular till a few years ago.
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    RE: PINK'S HOT DOGS LOS ANGELES 2006/12/07 07:30:11 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Sundancer7

    I have visited Pinks many times when we race in Pomona. My opinion is that they are OK hot dogs and probably many years ago when they were very handy to the Hollywood set, they got their day of fame. They were handy and provided a quick lunch or dinner.

    It is true that they are very busy and it is quite of a tourist stop.

    Paul E. Smith
    Knoxville, TN

    I noticed Pink's had a concession at the Pamona track last time I was there. I only ate at the flagship once and don't quite get the Pink's "thing" so I didn't try it at the track. Too much other good stuff in that neckof the woods to invest otherwise perfectly good appetite there.
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    RE: PINK'S HOT DOGS LOS ANGELES 2006/12/07 08:10:10 (permalink)
    I had a weekend layover in LA the summer of 2004, and was looking for things to do to kill time. I had recently seen the segment about Pink's on The Food Network, so decided to have a look.

    I was afraid of indigestion problems, so ordered a frank topped only with mustard and sauerkraut. I really liked the blend of spices their frankfurter had.

    Most of the customers there looked like either tourists or people on their day off. I only had to wait 5 minutes to get served about 3 PM. I was really curious about who ate there during the week. There were enough businesses in the area that it could have been frequented by local workers for lunch. I was also curious what the local reputation of the frankfurter manufacturer (Square-H Brands/Hoffy) was.

    That said, the hype was greater than the reality. I don't know if this is checkbook hype, or if this is a feature writer's version of a fish story, where the restaurant becomes more spectacular with each succeeding round of plagiarism.

    If I worked in the area, I would go there from time to time for a change from the samo samo. Sure, the names of their various menu items are corny, but it makes it fun.
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    RE: PINK'S HOT DOGS LOS ANGELES 2006/12/07 12:36:15 (permalink)
    DavidNYC, you make a good point. I worked in the area for 15 years and Pink's was a weekly lunch stop. They had good dogs, although I still remember the burgers being even better. I'd run into people like Quincy Jones, sitting down and eating a few dogs.
    As the place got more publicity, the tourists replaced most of the working locals. And with it's late hours, it became a place to go in LA at 3AM for the club/concert crowd.
    Yes, the food was actually good--------but I couldn't say it was better than half a dozen other places I knew of. The hype built it up though, and when the place wound up with the long lines, the locals found other places. In the meantime, it's been the victim of it's own sucess.
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    RE: PINK'S HOT DOGS LOS ANGELES 2006/12/08 12:41:41 (permalink)
    Pinks famous Chili Dogs...overrated, and not that good..

    Pinks with just mustard...OR slaw and cheese....just wonderful!
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    RE: PINK'S HOT DOGS LOS ANGELES 2006/12/17 17:02:44 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by fpczyz

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    umbada Posted - 12/06/2006 : 18:33:06
    Too touristy for me now. I haven't been to Pinks in many years. I used to like the hot dogs and the atmosphere though. I'd go around 3 in the afternoon. Paul Pink would be frying his personal half chicken on the grill while putting your hot dog together quick as a switch and he'd be the only one on staff. I'd sit by myself and think how great it all was and imagined it would never change. So if anyone goes to Pinks now, imagine a lanky beautiful black man that no one ever worked harder than, standing behind the counter all alone with that half chicken on the grill, and hardly no one else in the shop, all quiet, and the future hidden like a tsunami that would wash it all away and leave something else in its place.
    .................. this all sounds very poetic indeed but it would be very difficult to imagine a beautiful lanky black man as you suggest ... for you see Paul Pink was a white man............

    I checked it out and my bad. For decades I've thought that gentleman was Paul Pink. Just don't tell the real Paul Pink that that guy was frying his lunch on the grill!

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    RE: PINK'S HOT DOGS LOS ANGELES 2006/12/21 13:04:33 (permalink)
    Born and raised in New York City, My first wife and I lived in Los Angeles during the mid-sixties.
    Of course we had to try Pink's.
    Have to say, we were not impressed at all. First off, as a New Yorker, I didn't understand chili on a dog. Matter of fact, didn't understand, chili-period!
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    RE: PINK'S HOT DOGS LOS ANGELES 2006/12/21 13:17:38 (permalink)
    I lived in LA in the ealy 80's and Pinks was great. I mean great. But that was before it was "discovered". Sometimes volume can kill a place, imho !
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    RE: PINK'S HOT DOGS LOS ANGELES 2018/05/26 10:51:41 (permalink)
    Apparently Pink's has been expanding the past few years with a focus on family-type venues like water/amusement parks, and now there's one in Wisconsin Dells:
     
    http://host.madison.com/wsj/business/hollywood-hot-dog-stand-and-wisconsin-brats-to-debut-saturday/article_4bb70bfb-468f-58d6-8de9-9eb1260c750a.html
     
    Maybe I'll check it out toward the end of the year, when the Dells loses some of its FIB-ness.
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    RE: PINK'S HOT DOGS LOS ANGELES 2018/05/28 21:46:57 (permalink)
    Tried them a few years ago, found them like Nathans to be not worthy of the hype. 
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    RE: PINK'S HOT DOGS LOS ANGELES 2018/05/28 23:09:08 (permalink)
    ScreamingChicken
    Apparently Pink's has been expanding the past few years with a focus on family-type venues like water/amusement parks, and now there's one in Wisconsin Dells:
     
    http://host.madison.com/wsj/business/hollywood-hot-dog-stand-and-wisconsin-brats-to-debut-saturday/article_4bb70bfb-468f-58d6-8de9-9eb1260c750a.html
     
    Maybe I'll check it out toward the end of the year, when the Dells loses some of its FIB-ness.


    ScreamingChicken
    Apparently Pink's has been expanding the past few years with a focus on family-type venues like water/amusement parks, and now there's one in Wisconsin Dells:
     
    http://host.madison.com/wsj/business/hollywood-hot-dog-stand-and-wisconsin-brats-to-debut-saturday/article_4bb70bfb-468f-58d6-8de9-9eb1260c750a.html
     
    Maybe I'll check it out toward the end of the year, when the Dells loses some of its FIB-ness.


    Save you money and your taste buds and go to www.dellshotdogavenue.com
    Hot Dog Avenue was built from the ground up and opened in 2010 by Ralph Starzyk, my youngest Hot Dog U graduate. You'll appreciate the food, the atmosphere, and the owner.
     
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