Los Angeles is no stranger to weird and exciting food or people and Pinks Hot Dogs is one of the Los Angeles mecca for both. Having been there a couple times over the course of my life I figured I would go check it out again with one of my friends when we were down in LA. After driving the three miles, which equates to 30 minutes in LA we finally made it to the house of hot dogs that is Pinks. We were greeted by around 100 people waiting in line but decided to bite the bullet and jump in with them. Read on for the full review.
Pinks is a small little establishment that doesn’t look like it has grown much since its initial opening around 50 years ago, and in that there is a great atmosphere and historical presence at Pinks. If the line is any indication of the food and history then it must have a lot as I have never drove by when there wasn’t one.
The people are generally happy to wait in line as it takes a long time to nail down what you really want to try there. They claim to fame is the fact that their hot dogs are not exactly normal. Whether it is the Ozzy dog that has nacho cheese, american cheese, grilled onions, guacamole and tomatoes or the America the beautiful dog that has pastrami, bacon, lettuce and tomatoes, there is really hundreds of wonderful combinations for you to indulge in.
After 45 minutes in line we finally got to the front and I ordered the Mullholland Drive dog which is a 10 stretch hot dog with grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, nacho cheese and bacon.
My friend ordered the three dog night which was 3 hot dogs wrapped in a tortilla with 3 slices of cheese, 3 slices of bacon, chili and onions. If I told you that looked or sounded good I would be a liar, I’m not sure how he was even able to put 75% of it down.
All in all I would recommend Pinks hot dogs highly for the experience but lower for the food. Yes it is fun to choose a crazy hot dog to sample, but at the end of the day its not a high quality hot dog and I never leave feeling like I have to come back to eat the food again. However they do have a valet that is free which is a huge thing in LA, especially for a hot dog stand.
If you are visiting LA for sure go check out Pinks hot dogs, its worth the line, but don’t expect the best food you have ever had. You can see their menu here.
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