11/12/2009Provided by Citysearch
The chili dog is gross. I have wanted to try Pinks forever but line was always too long. Drove by last Saturday early & line was short so tried it. Really bad, sorry. Wished it lived up to the hype.
10/20/2009Provided by Citysearch
The excitement of eating a hot dog at a historic landmark, and a well talked about, and publicisized restaurant in LA, is always exciting. The food however, failed to deliver on its legacy of good food. Hot dogs are not that complicated to make, its a pretty simple set of ingredients, but who of thought that u could ruin something so simple, and charge large sums of money for a place thats earned so much press based on its legacy and location in the great city of LA. i have to say that i was genuinely dissapointed on the food, and prices of this place. My expectations were short lived. I can now say ive been there, and done that. This place will no longer be on my places to go. or must eat.
09/10/2009Provided by Citysearch
Had to try them out - was not disappointed, it was great. The chili cheese dog was so yummy. Not the healthiest of foods but hey I'm not expecting that at a hotdog restaurant :-)
06/13/2009Provided by Citysearch
After hearing my whole life about Pinks, I decided, while on a trip memorial day 2009, to try. 11:30 AM long line. Ordered the Mayors dogs. Others ordered Chili Dogs and we ordered Chili Cheese fries. Costco has a better hot dog. Hormel has a better hot dog. ANYWHERE -Including the overpriced, left in a warming drawer in Disneyland Hot dogs - ARE BETTER. This places has to be the WORST place to get a hot dog anywhere.
05/14/2009Provided by Citysearch
Recently discovered this place, I wish I lived closer :(
I really miss the Home of the Kosher Burrito that used to be across from City Hall in L.A.
I'm not big on hot dogs, I order mine w/o.
05/05/2009Provided by Citysearch
Drive by the corner of La Brea and Melrose on your way to work...on your way home from work...on your way to the gym...and back...on your way to pick up that hot waitress you met last week that may or may not have given you syphilis (still waiting for the results)...whenever!! The point is, no matter when you drive by that historical intersection you are bound do see at least a hundred idiots waiting in a ridiculous line for PINKS HOTDOGS. I hate to admit it, but I was one of those idiots once. Waited 70 minutes.
I mean I would understand if Pink's was a new spot trying to get its s*** together, but Pink's will celebrate its 70th BIRTHDAY this year! 70 Years in the business and you're telling me that you can't figure out a more efficient way to keep the line moving at a friggin HOTDOG STAND? When Henry Ford started making B-24 Bombers at the height of WWII, his top assembly line was clocked at assembling a plane in ONE HOUR! Are you telling me that it took less time in 1943 to assemble an airplane than it does in 2009 to put a hotdog in a bun and pour some chili on it? I could drive to LAX, fly to JFK, grab a dog from Nathan's (Coney Island), fly back, and still see the same idiot standing in line as when I left. Figure it out Pink's. In the meantime, I sure hope I don't have syphilis.
04/16/2009Provided by Citysearch
If you're feeling nostalgic for New York dogs or Chicago dogs, or any other style dogs this is the place to go. You can also find one of the best chili dogs in town. The only thing about Pink's is that you can't go hungry or you'll starve. The lines are super long and will take about an hour or more to reach the front to order your food.
01/16/2009Provided by Citysearch
They have incredible hot dogs, kind of feel guilty eating them afterwards but they are worth it. There is usually a line but it moves fast and it gives you time to chose from the numerous hot dog selections they have. If you have people from out of town you definitely have to bring them here, this place is a landmark.
01/13/2009Provided by Citysearch
Great hot dogs at Pinks! Be prepared with tums! I don't think anyone needs more than one hot dog. They have the most unique menu. I don't eat hot dogs at home, but I like to go all out at Pinks
12/31/2008Provided by Citysearch
Well, I?ve lived in California for over 50 years and finally thought I would drop by an experience Pinks for the first time. As a self proclaimed aficionado master of dogs & chili, I knew that I must indulge in this well known eatery. My wife & I were in the area (The Stars Tour) this holiday period and dropped by a little before 1:00 pm, what did my wandering chili craving eyes see but a line stretching out as far as one could see. It appeared to be one of those lines (wrapped around the Matterhorn/Disneyland type) that would take at least 1 ? hours to navigate/endure/survive to the promised yummy culinary land of wieners. Since I?m semi-curmudgeonly, I did what any true card carrying member of AARP would do; I drove by without even batting an eye. I hope to try again before my 100th birthday.
P.S. It sure looked yummy from the street
12/25/2008Provided by Citysearch
I am a hot dog lover and I can't tell you how many people over the years told me to eat at Pink's. I finally did, and the disappointment on my face was visible from bite number 1. I believe that no one that told me to go to Pink's ever had the hotdog at Costco. Let's start now with the many problems at Pink's and to make it easy to read--I will sequentially number them: 1) Take out a dime from your pocket. Your Pink's hotdog will not be thicker than the diameter of your dime. It will disappear between the buns. You will wonder if there is a hotdog in your bun. 2) No worries if you burnt your taste buds the day before--the Pink's hotdog is tasteless. It is the most tasteless hotdog I have ever had in over 35 years of eating hotdogs all over the world, on streets, fairs, and deli?s. 3) Be prepared for a line at all times. The staff monitors the line and will slow down service, and sometimes walk away to make sure that there is always at least two lines in front of the shack so that it looks busy and desirable to everyone passing by or waiting. 4) There are magicians working at Pink's who have made real chili disappear and reappear as watered down, tasteless slop on your hotdog. I ordered Chili! on the dog and I have no idea what that brown watery stuff was. 5) The Pink's $5.00 commandment: There shall be no hotdog on the menu that shall sell for less than $5.00. The $5.00 hotdog without anything on it at the ballpark is way, way better my friends. 6) There is nothing fun, exciting or nostalgic about eating at this dump.
So, the next time someone tells YOU to go to Pink's, claiming that it is such a great hotdog, and they have recently been there--just do one thing: DO NOT trust anything that person ever tells you about food again!
Like so many other So Cal natives, my husband and I had to see what all the huff an puff was about this place. It is definitely worth checking out. Here's what I found:
*Polish sausage is better than the regular hot dog.
*The Pastrami Polish dog with swiss is probably their best dog (add mustard when you get it!) The pastrami is tender and not salty. Take small bites otherwise you will definitely bite off more than you can chew!
*My husband got the regular pastrami and swiss dog and he preferred the polish version.
*The chili dog was just OK- the chili really wasn't all that great, kind of bland, weinerschnitzel has better chili dogs. The 10 inch dog was very thin.
*The most fantastic onion rings I've ever had- perfect size and perfectly crunchy, not oily at all.
* Their ranch dressing is very thick as if they made it with lots of mayo. Still pretty good with the onion rings.
*They don't have fountain soda- its all canned and bottled. But that's okay they have a large variety.
* Very decent prices in general but expensive considering its for a hot dog. My polish pastrami was 5.80. But considering ball parks sell their plain hot dogs for around the same price or more- not bad at all!
*Clean restrooms but you need a key.
*LONG line- we waited about 1hr and 20 min. on an early saturday evening
* The area is pretty safe and on the verge of being a hip part of town judging by the boutiques shops.
*The line does move pretty fast considering the hundreds of people.
*Tiny indoor seating area (like 4 or 5 tables), the rest is out door seating.
* Parking lot is usually full so you have to find parking elsewhere and walk
*Overall, I can see why people think its over rated. Just go with an open mind.
*Pleasant staff- just in a hurry, thats all!!
I have enjoyed hot dogs from all over the U.S. and realize that the hot dog is a fast food. I watched and listened to all the talk over Pink's hot dogs. My wife and I finally visited this establishment during the weekend of November 8th, my birthday. We waited for a while which was no big deal. The place had the feel and aroma of a cool ""greasy spoon"", but i never knew that i was going to eat my words. The items we ordered were smothered in a tasteless, greasy, gool. My wife took one bite of her hot dog and stopped eating. Both of us left with an awful taste in our mouths and sour stomachs as a reminder. Very disappointed.
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- Payment method
- no credit cards
- Price Range
- Central LA, Mid-City West
- American Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Fast Food Restaurants, Hamburgers & Hot Dogs, Restaurants
- Other Information
Parking: Paid, Free, Private
Cuisines: Burgers, American, Hot Dogs, Fast Food, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch
Price Range : Below Average
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Bike Parking: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Takes Reservations: No