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Pink's Famous Chili Dogs

709 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA - (323) 931-4223
Posted By Ray on 2/16/2011 1:15:00 PM
The place is not the same, and it has too many offerings. Back in the day, when you wanted a great chili dog Pink's was the place to go. These days it can take you well over 20 minutes standing in line just to get an opportunity to order (on a slow day).

We used to know the place as Boris's (sixties) for the old guy behind the counter. Then later there was an Hispanic guy who sort of took over when we lost Boris. I wish I could remember his name because he was there for at least 25 years if not more.

I attended Hollywood High so Pink's was a ritual for us. $.25 chili dogs; it wasn't hard to down four chili dogs and a cream soda or blackberry. It was simple life.

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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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