02/18/2008Provided by Citysearch
Long line, long wait, bought two bacon chili dogs, ate one, worst hot dog I have ever eaten, threw the other away. The hot dog has some kind of thick skin, which might have been OK, but the chili made it hard to even get down. This can not be the hot dog and chili that made this place famous.....
02/03/2008Provided by Citysearch
Nastiest hot dogs in LA! Poor quality, cheap, lips and anuses, SERIOUSLY. Don't bother waiting in line. You're better off picking some up at the grocery store, even the bacon-wrapped hot dogs on Hollywood Blvd are better. Yuck.
01/11/2008Provided by Citysearch
I recently moved here from MI and I had to stop by Pink's for the famous hot dog. I went with the traditional chili cheese dog. The dog and bun were great. The chili is not the best, my hometown has a drive-in rootbeer stand that makes their own chili that is better. It's just not that great. besides that the menu items, atmosphere and nostalgia are well worth a stop.
01/01/2008Provided by Citysearch
Even though I have lived in the greater Los Angeles area most of my life, I had never gone to Pink's even though I had known about Pink's for some time. Then I Saw Pink's on Huell Howser one day while channel surfing. Looked interesting enough, so I looked them up here at city search and read over 50 reviews. Most of the reviews were very favorible but there were a handful that just couldn't speak bad enough about Pink's. I thought this was worth a personel investigation. I went there on a Friday with my wife and son. There was a horrendous line when we got there, just like has been mentioned in many of the reviews. We figured we would stick it out and see what all these people are willing to wait for in a line of this proportion, By the way, with people coming constantly, the line length seemed to stay about the same during the time we were there. Their parking attendant told us 80 minutes when we joined the end of the line. It ended up being about a 40 minutes wait to the point of ordering your food. The interesting part is, the person who takes your order, prepares the entire order from start to finish. They're really hopping in that place. The prices seemed fair to me even though some people seem to feel they're expensive. Our order was, 2 chili dogs, 2 chili dogs with sauerkraut, 1- 12inch spicy dog (This was HUGE!), a chili cheese burger, 1 order of French fries and 3 beverages for about $27. The hot dogs (specially made for them by Hoffy) have that nice pop when you bite into them. Chili had just the right taste to put on a hot dog. So, if you don't mind waiting a bit and you like a tasty chili dog, check this place out for yourself and decide.
11/27/2007Provided by Citysearch
I love hot dogs. Love them. But I do not understand Pink's. Yes, I have found a place where I do not love--even like--the hot dogs. How do you not make a good hot dog? Listen, they must be doing something right, considering there is a consistent corrall of people outside, a waiting line longer than that for the ladies' room at a packed bar. I ordered a plain hot dog, mustard, ketchup, the usual--it was not good. Not good enough for the line; not good enough ever, in fact. These are apparently ""real"" hot dogs. The skin casing snaps when you bite into them. That's a turn off for me. It scared me. It made me not feel good in my belly. I was reminded that a hot dog was made of something that I'm not really sure about. Bottomline: I love hot dogs. I don't love Pink's. I have never gone back.
11/20/2007Provided by Citysearch
This spot is definitely LA! While standing in line you see just about everyone! Order more than one dog as it's great comfort food! Don't forget to bring a few rolaids afterwards!
11/09/2007Provided by Citysearch
What else is there to say about the best hot dogs on the west coast (maybe the country)? These things are addictive. So prepare yourself, within a week you?ll be craving them again!
10/29/2007Provided by Citysearch
i don't know about the regular hot dogs there, but the spicy polish dogs are fantastic! you get that famous ""snap"" when you bite into it and it's soooo tasty. definitely recommended!
10/28/2007Provided by Citysearch
This food is sooooo gooooood... I had 2 chili dogs and had a bite of the Mulholland Drive dog... sooo good, and I know all about eating. Im originally from Chicago, which has great food, and of course Vegas has great food, so I think I know my stuff. I would wait all day to eat their food. Its such a long line because the food is good, and they cook it right in front of you. I cant wait to go back to L.A. because this is the first place I'm going to. I highly recommend it, and I think waiting in line is part of the fun. You get to see and absorb the culture surrounding the hot dog stand. I 100 percent recommend going there, and if other people are complaining about the wait, then they're obviously lazy and not outgoing. See you there!
10/19/2007Provided by Citysearch
Great hot dogs, possibly a little high on the price, but worth it on the taste. The biggest complaint is the line, as it's near impossible to find a time where the line isn't long. Other than that though, great place for hot dogs.
10/09/2007Provided by Citysearch
This has got to be the WORST hot dog I have ever eaten. This place is definitely over-hyped. I would like to know why people stand in line for this horrible food. I did not even finish the hot dog I ordered. It ended up in the trash can along with the awful fries. Don't believe all the hype you hear about this place.....hype is all it is. I wonder how they have stayed in business for 68 years.........Amazing.
10/07/2007Provided by Citysearch
I wouldn't say Pinks has the best hot dogs, but it does have one helluva menu with just about any hot dog, burger, onion ring, french fry combination you can dream up. It's just a simple, great, greasy food joint, and I doubt you will be disappointed.
09/19/2007Provided by Citysearch
I just moved to L.A. 2 months ago about a block and a half from Pinks. There was always a line wrapping around Pinks any night of the week,, and the reason I've come to find out is this: stupid Americans with non existent food standards who follow the herd, even if it means waiting an hour for the worst hot dogs ever. The people who put 5 stars on this place are idiots who are clueless about quality food, so don't buy it. If I could rate this place NEGATIVE 5 stars, I would. Seriously, the food is that bad. Pinks is probably one of the worst meals you could put in your body.
The service was fine, but the wait was about 45 minutes to an hour. By the time my boyfriend and I got to the front of the line, we were pretty hungry and WANTED to like it. We thought, like many do, that a line wrapping around the building meant there was food worth waiting for inside. Couldn't have been more wrong. I stopped eating with about 3-4 inches of hotdog still left.
The 'cheese' was the canned nacho variety. The mushrooms: also canned, and barely heated. The franks, nothing special. The buns: cheap white bread type. And as other reviews below have confirmed, I imagine the other stuff on the menu is just as bad. All together, for two dogs and two sodas and a side of onion rings, $16. I've had much more satisfying hot dog experiences at Weinerschnitzel and corner sidewalk vendors downtown.
The celebrities aren't eating here, I can quarantee you that. It's all hype and I'll never do it again, and I plan to tell anyone who wants to know just how bad the food was. In fact, we were so unsatisfied that we made our own hotdogs the next night that were a million times better. Don't waste your time or money at Pinks. It's truly baffling that they're still in business after all these years.
09/12/2007Provided by Citysearch
The hotdog was very thin. About the diameter of a vienna sausage, maybe thinner. The beer-battered onion rings were very good, but not much better than any other beer-battered onion rings. This place is total BS and hype. I don't know why so many celebs like to eat here. I have a suspicion that when the workers see a celebrity in line (if they even have to wait in line), that is when they bring out the 'real' hotdogs. Either that or celebs don't know anything about what makes a good hotdog.
09/04/2007Provided by Citysearch
Honestly this is the worst hot dog Ive ever had, Costco dogs are better than these, even Target dogs are better, I dont know what people see in this place, the wait is too long, there is never any parking, and the food is gross, dont waste your time, you can have a better hot dog at Wienerschnitzel or Costco, and a lot cheaper....Dont waste your time, especially if your from out of town, I will never go back there or recommend to anyone, I wouldnt even let my dog eat there....
08/22/2007Provided by Citysearch
I am a huge hot dog fanatic and have tried them all over and whenever I can see one on the menu no matter where I am but this dog really kicks my mouths a*s, I have had better chili before but this chili is still pretty damn good, I love the variety of dogs, the wait does su*k but well worth it, the dogs are pretty big, but the burrito dogs wow they actually rock I was scared of trying them but wow I could not get enough of it, it is not messy and delicious.
08/13/2007Provided by Citysearch
I have heard about this place for years and all I can say is that it was NOT worth waiting for!!!
The long was very long and was anticipating a ""melt in your mouth"" experience and that, it was not!
The flavour (if you can call it that) was less then desireable and I can honestly not comprehend how people can actually call this the best they have had!
I will not be back and I will continue my search for the best hotdog in the city!
08/09/2007Provided by Citysearch
Ok, I do not understand how this place has been in business so long. It has the absolute worst hot dogs I have ever had!! I saw them on the Food TV Network before visiting LA and saw them rant and rave about how good these hot dogs were. So you can imagine my disappointment when I got my Chili Cheese dog and it tasted like something out of a vending machine!! I mean I get better hot dogs going to a street vendor and paying a 3rd of the price of this place!
The hot dog was almost flavorless, the bun soggy, and the Chili was worse than Hormel Chilli in a can!! I'm sorry, but a place that is supposed to be as popular as they make it sound, could at least make decent homemade chili or buy decent canned chili!! jeeeeez!!! I don't quite understand how people can form such a long line outside this place and wait for 30 - 45 minutes, when they can go home and make a better hot dog in under 10 minutes!! What a waste of money and my time while on vacation!!
07/09/2007Provided by Citysearch
This was the worst experience of my life. We waited in line for more than 30 minutes for an overpriced hotdog. And that's all it was. It's a complete tourist trap. Tourists come to LA and think they are going to see celebrities at Pink's, but in reality they wouldn't go near that place. I went because I had family ""tourists"" who wanted to try it. They admitted afterward they had wished they listened to me. Take my advice don't bother with this place. You're not going to see a celeb there anyway!
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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