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Pink's Famous Chili Dogs

709 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA - (323) 931-4223
Posted By Samuel Shor on 9/5/2009 11:16:00 PM
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. The only thing I had to wait for: they were making quite a lot of “prop” dogs and dogs for the crew. Once they realized I wasn’t an extra I was able to put my order in.

I opted for just a coleslaw dog. Pink's is pretty popular for their chile cheese dog, along with all their other specialties (like the bacon burrito dog) but I wanted to try something simple. The hot dog was actually pretty small and I guess I mean that in relation to the bun. There was a good amount of coleslaw and it tasted good but it all overshadowed the actual hot dog, which I would imagine would be the most important component. The taste was good but underwhelming considering all the hype.

The Chicago dogs and the chile cheese dogs I saw looked amazing and I’d grab one of those next time. If you haven’t tried Pink’s before and you’re in the area I’d say give it a go, but I definitely wouldn’t go out of my way or wait in too long of a line.

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Four fine dogs, ready to eat. The extra plump one is a Polish.
"Four fine dogs, ready to eat. The extra plump one is a Polish."
Michael Stern





The hot dog was actually pretty small and I guess I mean that in relation to the bun.  There was a good amount of coleslaw and it tasted good but it all overshadowed the actual hot dog, which I would imagine would be the most important component.  The taste was good but underwhelming considering all the hype.
"The hot dog was actually pretty small and I guess I mean that in relation to the bun. There was a good amount of coleslaw and it tasted good but it all overshadowed the actual hot dog, which I would imagine would be the most important component. The taste was good but underwhelming considering all the hype."
Samuel Shor


A whole heaping tray full of chili cheese dogs.  I should have ordered one (or a whole platter's worth) of these.
"A whole heaping tray full of chili cheese dogs. I should have ordered one (or a whole platter's worth) of these."
Samuel Shor


We didn't care for the canned mushrooms on the mushroom Swiss dog or the combination of toppings. However, with the soft bun, fresh onions, and tangy chili, we loved our chili dog.
"We didn't care for the canned mushrooms on the mushroom Swiss dog or the combination of toppings. However, with the soft bun, fresh onions, and tangy chili, we loved our chili dog."
Cliff Strutz


After a morning tour of Paramount Studios we lined up at Pink's for lunch.  We shared a 10-inch dog with chili, Chicago Polish dog (spicy) and a specialty Gustavo Dumandel, a 10-inch with fajitas-stuffing and guacamole topping.
"After a morning tour of Paramount Studios we lined up at Pink's for lunch. We shared a 10-inch dog with chili, Chicago Polish dog (spicy) and a specialty Gustavo Dumandel, a 10-inch with fajitas-stuffing and guacamole topping."
Vince Marano


Arriving late on a Sunday, we didn't have to deal with the usual long lines. Plus, Pink's looks great at night!
"Arriving late on a Sunday, we didn't have to deal with the usual long lines. Plus, Pink's looks great at night!"
Cliff Strutz


A comfortable retreat from the urban bustle, hidden behind Pink's.
"A comfortable retreat from the urban bustle, hidden behind Pink's."
Donald Thompson


What a great place for a wonderful hot dog...
"What a great place for a wonderful hot dog..."
Dick Wright


Relatively speaking, this is a small crowd of people waiting to place their order. Pink's has attained legendary status among street-food connoisseurs, who mob it from mid-morning until after midnight.
"Relatively speaking, this is a small crowd of people waiting to place their order. Pink's has attained legendary status among street-food connoisseurs, who mob it from mid-morning until after midnight."
Michael Stern



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