Pink’s hot dog is up with the best of Los Angeles. When you think of LA, what comes to mind? Hollywood, beaches, In-n-Out, palm trees. Somewhere in that list, Pink’s should come up within the top 10. Pink’s is a Hollywood icon, and have been a Los Angeles landmark for years. By the way, being in Los Angeles all this time, I don’t know how we got the rep of being such a healthy town.
It all started with a man named Paul Pink in 1939. Back then during the depression, a fully loaded chili dog was only 10 cents. Started on the corner of La Brea and Melrose, it still stays in the same location after all these years. In 1946, the wagon was sold for a small building, and that building is the same building that is up in present day — In those 50 + years, the building looks exactly the same. Pink’s is truly a Hollywood landmark. It became such a famous Hollywood landmark, it even has a wall of fame of famous Hollywood actors.
With Pink’s being so famous and delicious, there is a high demand for this stuff amongst Angelinos. Never have I driven passed Pink’s and not seen a line. The line usually coil around the building, and waiting times are usually almost an hour or more. Like a good foodie, I waited patiently for my Pink’s hot dog.
As we waited in line, I read the pink menu over and over. Everything sounded amazing. I had made my decision. I wanted the Planet Hollywood dog which included a Polish sausage with grilled onions and mushrooms, bacon, and nacho cheese. That all went out the door when I saw them making the America the Beautiful dog. This one had a huge 12 inch jalapeno dog, pastrami, bacon, lettuce, and chopped tomatoes. I’m sorry, but this hungry carnivore patiently waiting wanted his meat.
My girlfriend ordered the sensible Rosie O’Donnell Long Island dog. This just had mustard, onions, chili, and sauerkraut. We also had to order the fries, and it was a complete meal. My meaty, meat on top of meat hot dog made her hot dog look like nothing. Mine was so covered in meat, I couldn’t even find the bun. I had such a hard time eating this thing.
But honestly, it wasn’t good. I was surprised. I thought I would love it. It was just too messy and too large. I couldn’t taste the flavors all together. I either took a bite of the bacon only, pastrami only, mustard and dog only. I couldn’t enjoy it. Interestingly, I loved the simple, more sensible hot dog my girlfriend got.
The chili at Pink’s is what they are know for. The chili and the sauerkraut was so good together. The chili was thick and delicious. It was something I couldn’t point my finger on. It wasn’t like a chili you eat with a spoon, it was more like a chili sauce topping. I always thought that chili at The Hat was top notch, but Pink’s chili is in its own class. Don’t make the mistake of getting the biggest or the most over the top dog here. As long as their chili is on it, it will be good. I promise.
Pink’s is a treat for the rich, famous, and for the average Joe. Eating these hot dogs really is being part of Los Angeles history. Your grandfather ate it, your dad, and you and your kids kids will. It’s was a part of LA and Hollywood, and it always will be.