If you haven’t been to the famous Pink’s Hot Dogs in Los Angeles, you are definitely missing out. You don’t really hear of too many people on the hunt best hot dog in town, but a Pink’s Hot Dog will undoubtedly leave you looking for your next.
Placed on the busy corner of North La Brea Avenue and Melrose Avenue, in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, California, sits a fabulous little building, complete with a parking lot attendant and an outside sitting area. The busy street corner has been the home of Pinks Hot Dogs since 1939. Originally run by Paul Pink himself, sat a big wheeled pushcart and a man with a dream. Mr. Pink’s small stand sold a natural-cased Hoffy-brand hot dog with a fresh warm bun, smothered in Betty’s famous meaty chili, with mustard and onions for only ten cents.
Now days, the same street corner hosts a fabulous little hot dog stand, with the same amazing food, still at a great price. Several of the menu selections are named after celebrities, with toppings ranging from the basics like onions and chili, to the mother-load of bacon and guacamole, with some toppings that are even unheard of like pastrami, sour cream, and nacho cheese. In addition to their world-famous hot dogs, Pink’s menu also includes fantastic burgers, burrito dogs, burritos, onion rings, fries, nachos, old-fashioned cake, and an awesome selection of beverages. Menu selections range in price from $3 to $7, with the majority being in the $3-$5 range.
Pinks Hot Dogs is located at 709 North La Brea Avenue, in Los Angeles, California. If you are coming from I-10, exit on La Brea Avenue and drive north to Melrose Avenue. Pink’s Hot Dogs is on the left just after you cross Melrose. Pink’s opens everyday at 9:30 am and closes at 2:00 am Sunday through Thursday and 3:00 am Friday and Saturday. For more information, you can visit the website at www.pinkshollywood.com or call (323)931-4223.
For a more enjoyable experience, there are a few things to remember when visiting Pink’s Hot Dogs:
1. At times, lines can be hundreds of people deep, so be prepared to wait. The staff at Pink’s does an amazing job of getting people through the line and prides themselves on making this happen within seconds, however because of Pink’s popularity, waiting for your decadent dog can seem like an eternity if you are not prepared.
2. In addition to the wait be prepared to walk. Although there is parking around the building, finding a spot can prove to be a challenge, especially if you visit on a busy night.
3. Try to decide what you want before you actually get there. Pink’s menu is posted on their website, and deciding what you want before-hand can make the Pink’s experience more enjoyable. After all there are usually plenty of people behind you that will truly appreciate your pre-planning.
4. Be sure to bring cash. Pink’s Hot Dogs accepts cash only for payment. After the wait, the last you want is to be sent away with no dog because they won’t take your plastic.
5. Be prepared to eat your dog on the go. There is a seating area outside, but depending on the time of your visit, you may not be able get anywhere close to it. Pink’s is one of the busiest restaurants in the neighborhood, with hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of people passing through each day.
Although you can purchase Pink’s Hot Dogs at several other locations including Knott’s Berry Farm, LAX and Universal Theme Park & City Walk, visiting the home of the original Pink’s Hot dog stand, is definitely the way to go for the full experience. There is something about waiting in that line, placing your order, and collecting your tasty treats, that makes your visit to the restaurant an extra-special experience. And the coolest part is you may just see a star, with the frequent visits by celebrities.
Pink’s Hot Dogs Website