Los Angeles is littered with classic fast-food joints, one of which is Pink’s, the famous Hollywood hot dog that started as a simple pushcart in 1939. Today, it stills sells Betty Pink’s chili dogs and her classic fast-food fare, as well as several celebrity dogs like the Rosie O’Donnell Long Island Dog, with mustard, onions, chili and sauerkraut; or the Ozzy Spicy Dog, a Polish sausage with nacho cheese, American cheese, grilled onions, guacamole and chopped tomatoes.
A long line at Pink’s is the quintessential scene on a Saturday night in Hollywood. Legend has it Orson Welles consumed 18 of their hot dogs in one sitting, so I knew I had to make a stop during my stay in Los Angeles. The wait was pushing 40 minutes, which would not be worth it for any other hot dog stand, but I was content looking at the wall of celebrities as we inched toward the counter. One thing to note: The place has a free valet service, which is unbelievable in a place like Los Angeles.
Opting for one of the celebrity sandwiches, I got a Mulholland Drive Dog, named after it’s appearance in the classic David Lynch film. The dog is made with a “stretched” 9-inch beef frank, topped with mushrooms, bacon and their own “spicy cheeze” sauce. The entire sandwich was delicious, enjoyed while standing in front of the establishment, which is perfect for a greasy, late-night meal. Pink’s sausages taste great and have a nice snap thanks to their natural casing, custom made by Hoffy.
Despite all the hype, Pink’s is more of a tourist attraction than a bona fide fast-food gem. While my Mulholland Drive was definitely better than your average hot dog, I didn’t think it justified the long line beyond celebrity appeal. All in all, Pink’s is a great stop for visitors of Los Angeles, but don’t expect to be blown away by anything.
Pink’s Hot Dogs
709 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, Calif. 90039
323 931 4223
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