Pink’s Hot Dogs
Address: 709 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Phone: (323) 931-4223
Known For: Hot Dogs
What I had: Coleslaw Hot Dog
Rating: 7 out of 10
Typical to Pink’s and Los Angeles in general, they were shooting a movie there when I arrived. There was a huge line and it was only 11 am…I thought I was in for it. I pulled in to the parking lot and there were several places, something didn’t add up. Turns out the line was part of the movie and they were all extras in the shot. There was actually no line at all. The only thing I had to wait for was they were making quite a lot of “prop” dogs and dogs for the crew. Once they realized I wasn’t an extra (there was some confusion and it took a good 5 minutes) I was able to put my order in.
I opted for just a Coleslaw Dog. Pink’s is pretty popular for their Chili Cheese Dog along with all their other specialties (like the Bacon Burrito Dog, a flour tortilla wrapped around 2 hot dogs, 2 slices of cheese, 3 slices of bacon, chili & onions) but I wanted to try something simple. They’ve got well over 20 different dogs for you to try including the Lord of the “RINGS” Dog a 5-6 onion rings skewered with a 10″ Stretch Dog topped with BBQ sauce or the Ozzy Spicy Dog a spicy polish dog with nacho cheese, American cheese, grilled onions, guacamole & chopped tomatoes. They’ve also got your typical sides, fries, onion rings, chili fries, potato chips, etc. They do serve burgers too but that seems strange to go to Pink’s a order a burger.
The hot dog I got was actually pretty small and I guess I mean that in relation to the bun. There was a good amount of coleslaw and it was tasty but it all overshadowed the actual hot dog…which I would imagine would be the most important component. The taste was good but again underwhelming considering all the hype. The coleslaw was mayonnaise based and had a nice sweetness to it. In all honestly though this was more of a coleslaw filled bun…maybe if I had gotten two dogs under that massive pile of cabbage.
The Chicago Dogs and the Chili Cheese Dogs I saw looked amazing and I’d grab one of those next time for sure. If you haven’t tried Pink’s before and you’re in the area I’d say give it a shot but I definitely wouldn’t go out of my way or wait in too long of a line. Pink’s has been an LA landmark since 1939 and is touted for being one of the best of the west but there are many more excellent hot dog shops and vendors in the area…maybe head down to Venice Beach and get a good old bacon wrapped dog from a cart…if you can find one.
Pink’s on the Travel Channel
Aug 26, 2009 @ 11:19