10/26/2008Provided by Citysearch
Eversince I heard about Pinks on the Food Network I dreamt about eating one of their famous hotdogs. The experience of being in line with all the other eager customers was fun; ordering was fun, but tasting the hot dog was the worst. I was so disappointed. The chili dog sauce was the worst I've ever tasted. It tasted like it was just a bunch of low quality, bland, oily gross chorizo. The wiener, I got the twelve inch, was tough and was so gross the taste actually made me and my husband gag. I couldn't eat even a quarter of it. Guess my dream dog was acutally a nightmare dog!
09/23/2008Provided by Citysearch
I cannot believe this joint continues to win awards year after year. Next time you go, pay attention, they simply open a package of hot dogs and dump them into a steam table. The chili is mediocre and they have the most tasteless guac I have ever had. There are so many better places out there to get a decent hotdog.
09/11/2008Provided by Citysearch
I don't know where some of these reviewers are coming from...Pink's offers the most generous portions of ANY hot dog stand, the dogs are so fresh...what do you expect when they serve over 2,000 everyday and have to cook small batches due to their small kitchen. The dogs are 100% natural casing, no by-products just 100% BEEF, or they offer turkey dogs or veggie dogs. Best onion rings and fries EVER! Very low prices too...I know the lines are long, but there are times throughout the day when I go when there are very few people in line. If you go right at the lunch hour or right at dinner, what do you expect? PINK'S IS THE BEST!!!
09/01/2008Provided by Citysearch
Iv lived in Los angeles by whole life and I always pass by this place and the line is always long. So on Saturday night i wanted to see what the fuss was about!! My sister and I went and waited an hour and a half in line. We ordered everything because we had waited so long I wanted to try everything that looked good.
The food is nothing crazy. Tommys has better chili dogs. Their hot dogs are the same generic ones that every other place uses. I think cupids uses the same brand and I think tommys does too. The other specialty hot dogs were nothing crazy either I can make them at home.
The food is cheap though I give them that. If it wasn't a 2 hour wait I would go to the place again but definitely not worth the hype
08/10/2008Provided by Citysearch
I've lived here for almost 2 years and have always wanted to try it and finally my friends and I did last night. Waited for over and hour and thought the wait would be worth it, but we were all completely disappointed. Our dogs were not cooked and it touch to bite through and the it had NO flavor. Please don't waste your time standing in this ridiculously long line just to be disappointed.
07/24/2008Provided by Citysearch
The only thing I didn't like was the long wait in line. But if you go at night I always see hot girls in the vicinity. I always order the burrito pastrami dog, its incredible. Their onion rings gotta be the best I ever tasted. HIGH fat content food so unless you are very active or have a high metabolism this food is only meant to be eaten on occasion.
Also, I sent an email to Pink's complimenting their food and they mail me two $5 gift certificates with no expiration date
07/22/2008Provided by Citysearch
Strangest combination of dogs i've ever had! bursting flavor. Prepare to wait in line at least 1hr on any given day. For me it was so so. I prefer a grilled dog over a boiled one. The pop of the casing when you bite into it is something you wanna be ready for.. kinda grossed me out. But you gotta hand it to the institution that is Pinks. They've been around for decades...so what do i know...
06/11/2008Provided by Citysearch
I'd heard of Pink's for years, and decided to try them out a couple of weeks ago when we were in L.A. from San Diego. The wait in line (outside on the sidewalk) was long, but it didn't matter once we sat down to eat. The portions are huge and very reasonable. I had the signature chili cheese dog and a Martha Stewart (10-inch dog with relish, onions, bacon, chopped tomatoes, sauerkraut and sour cream). My wife isn't the hot dog fiend that I am, but she really enjoyed her mild Polish dog. And the onion rings are fantastic - reminded me of White Castle's, if you know them. If you get the chance, go!
06/10/2008Provided by Citysearch
Being a LA native, I've been going to Pinks since I was a teenager. Being a Baby Boomer and now health conscious, I eat here every couple of years. Plus the lines are usually too long to wait. But I got off work early and passing Pinks I saw about a 15 minute wait, so I decided to take advantage of it. As someone else said, the chili is not what it used to be. Not as flavorful. But the dog is still good. I had mine with kraut, which was flavorful. Got into a conversation with a gentleman from the O.C., who also around my age. We reminisced about the old Pinks. Today the burgers may be more tasty than the dogs, but if you have the time, because there's always a line, and don't have too many cholesterol problems, this is the place to go.
06/03/2008Provided by Citysearch
And yet another example that Hollywood people will eat anything.
Seriously, the food at Pinks was really low quality. I grew up in Montreal, lived in Toronto and have eaten the dogs off of many a NYC street corner. For those expecting a juicey Hot Dog, grilled or streamed, with some flavor, get ready for a taste-bud shocker instead. The hot dogs are rubberized at Pinks and bear no similarity to anything Shopsy's or any deli for that matter would serve up. I was shocked at the cheap meat used. Even in Montreal, La Fleurs (one of the cheapest meals you can have) has some great Hot Dogs. The bread was also dry.
Pinks is just another example on the decadent stupidity of our good friends in LA LA Land. The only people laughing are the mexicans who work here most of whom are probably in shock that these dum-asses keep eating the garbage they're serving up. A contemptuous experience at best. The only worse time I had over a 2 hour period was watching an Antonioni movie once.
05/30/2008Provided by Citysearch
You know, it's kind of funny but at the same time a shame that so many people can gripe so harshly about the hot dogs at Pink's. First of all, let's ask ourselves one question, ""what is a hot dog?"", it 's not a fine piece of steak or a piece of prime rib, it's a hot dog! And like they say, we all know what hot dogs are made of. One person's review even said that it grossed them out when the dog popped when bitten. Little did they know that, believe it or not, this indicates that the hot dog was made with a natural casing and all of the better, custom made franks are like that. Let's face it, no matter how you compare, a place like Pink's serves up hot dogs made especially for them by Hoffy and they offer them to their customers with just about any variation of toppings and extras you would want on your hot dog. What more could you ask for in a hot dog? Why eat at Pink's instead of somewhere like Wienerschnitzel that is faster and cheaper? Because the fast food hot dog stands actually DO serve up the infamous mass produced garbage hot dogs, that actually are made of ""you know what"". Yes there is a wait when you go to Pink's but look at all the people that do stand in line and they do it because they know. Give it a try and experience a good hot dog with a little nostalgia thrown in. Unless you're a picky complainer and acutally do like hot dogs, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
05/13/2008Provided by Citysearch
If you are expecting table cloths and special treatment you won't like ""Pinks"" however the Valet service was EXCEPTIONAL! Better Hot Dogs somewhere else? Maybe but it is a matter of taste, some people think Chicago Style Hot Dogs in Chicago are the greatest, But I wouldn't walk across the street for one, but I have and will stand in line for a ""Pinks."" The endless lines are a testiment to how good these dogs are. I am sure some people are put off by the lines. BUT OPEN UP enjoy the experience and meet new people while you are in line and ENJOY life! Who knows you might make a friend, but you have to get your nose out of the air. LOVE ""PINKS""
04/05/2008Provided by Citysearch
Reviews raving about Pink's hotdogs were Hollywood hype. If the stars think these hot dogs are great, they haven't eaten very many hotdogs. These were awfullllllll!!!!!! They were sooo tough you could hardly bite into them. They were like leather. My son loves hot dogs and he couldn't choke these down I was extremely disappointed. I have eaten hot dogs from the street vendors in New York City, and at ball parks across the country, and any of them easily put Pink's hotdogs to shame.
03/28/2008Provided by Citysearch
I went to Pink's Hot Dogs since I love hot dogs and have heard a bunch of hype about Pink's. I figured the hot dogs must be good, and decided to wait in the long line... which ended up taking about 2 hours. Finally, we got some hot dogs, and I tried two different kinds, both of which were terrible. I'd honestly say below average. Seriously, the hot dogs at Costco and Home Depot are MUCH better, and I will NEVER eat at Pink's again.
03/26/2008Provided by Citysearch
One of my ex-boyfriends introduced me to this place! I love having the chili, bacon and onions hot dog, as well as the lord of the rings hot dog! There are also other good choices here. The line maybe long, but the food is worth it. I am also amazed at how well the staff can remember your order without writing it down!
03/10/2008Provided by Citysearch
My first review. First off, if you want good hot dogs, don't come to Pink's. Now I know the nostalgia of Hollywood and what not may entice you, but don't fall for it. The hot dog itself is frozen, not fresh and extremely disgusting. Sorry.
02/26/2008Provided by Citysearch
These are for sure the best hot dogs in LA. If these is any place that you go in LA, this must be one of your stops. Dont expect fancy tables, or restaurant, but the how dogs are amazing. I go there everytime after a night of Partying since they are open late. They have so many choices, and all kinds of combination.
02/21/2008Provided by Citysearch
Best time to go is around 10:00 on a sunday and you can beat the gnarley lines and get some famous and mighty tasty food to eat, I mean anyone who's anyone has eaten there and it's not exaclty the Ivy but its BETTER
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- Central LA, Mid-City West
- American Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Fast Food Restaurants, Hamburgers & Hot Dogs, Restaurants
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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