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armandillo
armandillo

07/08/2007

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Total Tourist Trap Bogus Waste of Time

Having lived in LA for five years now, I went for the first time a few weeks ago. What a waste of time and money. You stand in line for 45 mins to get a small hot dog that's $4 bucks. Dogs on the streets of Manhattan are $1.50 and way better. The french fries were greasy and I can't see what all the hype is about. I think it's for out-of-town tourists who want to go because of the bs myth that celebrities ate/eat there. So it's a bunch of wannabees that do it for the sake of saying they ate at the legendary Pink's. Two hot dogs with sauerkraut and mustard, a small french fries and soda set me back $11 bucks. The hot dogs aren't even the mnore expensive beef ones like say a boars head or something. They're cheap, BAD FOR YOU, FATTY DOGS, sold at a PREMIUM GOURMAND PRICE POINT. Don't bother. I personally feel like I reached a foodie low point by being dumb enough to wait on that line. The next time I drive by and see the line, I'm going to yell out to the morons that they're wasting their time and money.

karleegirl1
karleegirl1

06/20/2007

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seriously--weinerschnitzel is better & a lot cheaper

Pink's was a waste of time. I took 3 other people because I wanted to try it so bad. We waited in line for 30 min. When I finally got it---it was such a skinny weiner...oh my gosh..i was shocked. The onion rings tasted like they were fried in old oil. The people I went with told me..""I told you, it's just a hot dog"". Not what i expected at all.

davidgc
davidgc

06/20/2007

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Well Known Hot Dog place

It's a Hollywood place to go to and they have a wide selection of Hot Dogs. Famous people have visited there and there are celebrity pictures on the walls. The Hot Dogs are good and you will definitely find a Hot Dog that meets your requirements. Every time I go, there is a line which goes pretty fast.

harmony318
harmony318

06/18/2007

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I'll never have a regular hot dog again, even home cooked barbecue dogs

Pinks has the absolute best hot dogs in Los Angeles. The line is worth the wait and it's a great place to take someone if you have some catching up to do. One thing i noticed was that their autographs on the wall are duplicated, so not all of them are wrong. But back to the food, I dare you eat the one in a tortilla with 3 dogs, 3 cheeses, and whole bunch of chili. Let me take that back, I TRIPPLE DARE YOU.

woofer_15
woofer_15

06/10/2007

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A hot dog is a hot dog is a hot dog. Pinks's serves hot dogs.

Expect to wait an average of 30 minutes, if not more if you go at a bad time: dinner time, after 2AM, lunch time...any day.

Having said that, stop complaining about waiting in line. Waiting in line is half the experience at Pink's, just deal with it and order your hot dog. Then you can go back to Nebraska and tell everyone at the next company picnic how you ate down the street from where Eddie Murphy bought his trannie ""lady-of-the-night"". Oh yeah, and Rosie O'donnell eats there so often (no way!!!) they named a special after her...big surprise (pun intended)

The dogs are good, but don't expect them to compare to NYC street vendors, Coney Islands, or Weiner Circle in Chicago (these places don't serve hot dogs, they serve heaven in a bun....especially if you're hammered). In my opinion, it might just be the best hot dog place in LA, but if someone argued with me I wouldn't put up much of a fight.

The BEST part, as mentioned, is the CHILI. If you leave without having a NACHO CHILI CHEESE DOG, you're a fool for waiting in line anyway.

johnmatossian
johnmatossian

05/27/2007

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Larry's Chili Dog is BETTER!!!

I've been to Pink's time and time again, yet every single time I go I wait no less than 20mins in line and then 15 more mins to get the food. At Larry's Chili Dog, you don't have to wait in line and no more than 7 mins for food on the most busy days. Pink's has lost it and the only reason it's packed up most of the time is because people haven't discovered Larry's yet.

usc2007
usc2007

05/15/2007

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To Lovemakesall

What makes you so special?

How long have you lived out here? PINK?S always has long lines.

Anyone with a brain would knows that. Next time say home and just send your lazy boyfriend alone.

Why should you be allowed anything different just because you think you?re Handicap?

These are the best HOT DOGS anywhere. So we wait in line because it?s worth the wait.

lovemakesall
lovemakesall

05/07/2007

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THEY NEED TO WORK ON BEING MORE ACCESSIBLE FOR THE HANDICAPPED.

The food is something else! The chili-dogs are good and so are the chili-cheese burgers! I love this place when I'm craving something greasy! However I became very disappointed when a woman who was on crutches was made to wait in line. This woman has MS and could hardly stay up. I think she should have been allowed to cut! Want happened to handicapped accessible? The manager said she wasn't special and had to wait like the rest.

Then came my turn to be horrified by the manager. I had surgery and I hadn't had a real bite to eat in two days! I was craving a dog after I left cedars still in lots of pain and not able to really walk. I ask my boyfriend to take me there thinking the wait wouldn't be that bad or that they might have a heart and allow me to cut so I could get home considering I was hurting and drugged! Well of course they didn't allow me to cut! Pretty cruel! I ended up waiting in the car in pain alone while he waited in line.

lalolalo
lalolalo

04/12/2007

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What's all the fuss about?

I am a hot dog fan, but I don't see why people love this place so much. They have loads of options, maybe that's why people are determined to stand in a 20 person line to wait to order? They are just hot dogs to me. Sorry.

chris70
chris70

04/11/2007

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Can't Beat a New York Hotdog

We visited LA over spring break and wanted to try a dog at Pink's after seeing it highlighted on a Food Network show. Yes, there was a wait. Was the dog worth the wait. NO! The hotdogs are bland and not that great. Actually, the burgers looked like they would be much better than the hotdogs. Pink's hotdogs just don't beat the delicious dogs that I was raised on in New York. I'll stick to my New York street vendor dogs over Pink's any day!

nnjohn
nnjohn

04/06/2007

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Long Long Line

I had heard and read so much about Pink's that I had to give it a try. After waiting in line for an hour and a half for my chili dog, the verdict was in. Definately not worth the wait! The chili texture was odd and you could see the grease floating on top of it. Also, our fries came later. We had actually finished our food when the fries showed up. To me, serving a hot dog shouldn't take that long. There must be a better way to move that line. I can't wrap my mind around what all the fuss is. One person in our group of four liked it. The rest of us would have been happier at In N Out. Never again, not worth the wait.

GiraffeBoy
GiraffeBoy

04/01/2007

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So that's why the line's so long...

Had a chili dog once when someone else braved the line. I recently took my girlfriend on a Saturday night. The chili dog is enjoyable. I tasted the spicy Planet Hollywood dog - the spice overwhelms any taste of the meat. The milder version is better. The meat is tender and juicy. The fries aren't bad either. Parking is very limited.

akira101
akira101

03/28/2007

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a must try destination

like all the other reviews, you must wait in line. if you've driven to a club going up la brea, you'll always notice a line out front. you may have to wait for as long as an hour. the dogs taste great, but it's not the healthiest if you're concerned with that kind of stuff. again, a ""must try"" destination if you're in the los angeles area

cristycookie
cristycookie

03/26/2007

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On any date, worth the wait...

Don't go and not expect to wait in line. You will wait so wear comfortable shoes. Luckily the long list of hot dogs and toppings and the people watching will keep you distracted for awhile. If you try some funky combination and don't end up liking it, don't worry. When all else fails get the chili cheese dogs. They are the best in town. Onion rings are mediocre as are the fries. I have heard the burritos are good but what would be the point when you can get a good burrito anywhere else in LA. Stick with the chili cheese dogs and as soon as you leave you will be craving more. This is definitely an experience that shouldn't be passed up if you are a visitor, especially if you find yourself roaming around LA at 1 a.m.

juju13es
juju13es

03/13/2007

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landmark hot dog stand in LA

I'm not the biggest fan of hot dogs (you can buy them in bulk at Costco), but I decided to check this place out since it's a landmark spot in LA. When I got there with my friends, we had to stand in line for I over an hour! I was flabbergasted, but I figured it had to be worth the wait. When I got to the stand, I ordered a Harry Potter dog... the hot dogs were huge and mountainous, topped with all kinds of toppings available (bacon, guacamole, sourcream, veggies, etc. etc.), but I felt like I was going to get a heart attack after eating one. I don't think I'll be going there again anytime soon, but it's a pretty cool place though with a bunch of photos of famous Hollywood stars and just somethign you need to experience in LA.

tyneshad
tyneshad

02/14/2007

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And I don't even LIKE hotdogs...

As many times as I've been to this place, I've never had a hotdog there. My friends and I pile in the LONG LONG line along LaBrea for the same chili cheese chicken burrito, with just chili, chicken and extra cheese please, twice a month. This is a great spot to hang out and load up on calories, despite how ""Hollywood"" the hot dog stand has gotten.

panchamora
panchamora

01/16/2007

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Speechless...

This place takes hot dogs to a whole new level..and a great one too!!! They have so many variety and every hot dog is sooooo gooooood.....lines can get long though but you wont regret it..

chefm
chefm

12/06/2006

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It's the Experience

I fancy myself a bit of a hot dog expert, so I've been waiting a few years for a trip to LA so I could try Pink's. As many others have stated, be prepared to wait on line. Thankfull there were only about 6 people ahead of us, but even then we waited for almost 15 minutes. I'm not opposed to waiting on line, but I think I was a bit frustrated at how slowly the line proceeded . I mean, you're condimenting hot dogs, how long does it take. It seemed as though the people working were just not moving very quickly - a lack of urgency if you like. You can entertain yourself while waiting by reading the descriptions of the multitude of hot dog offerings, reading all inscriptions on the celebrity photos that line every square inch and of course, people watching. We tried 2 dogs - the 10"" stretch Chili Dog and the Brooklyn Pastrami Swiss Dog. The 10"" Chili Dog was cooked well, had a decent snap and decent spice blend. However, the dog in the Brooklyn dog was a bit grey, tasteless and had no snap (too long in the steamer is my guess). The dogs are pretty good, not great - for my taste I like a bit more spice/flavour, snap, smoke and I'll always prefer a flatgrilled dog - Papaya King in NYC still has my heart. The place was very clean and offered a good, cheap, comfortable place for a light lunch - it was an LA landmark worthy of a stop.

janicebarthelemy
janicebarthelemy

11/22/2006

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who wants to wait in line for a hot dog!

You have got to be kidding. Sometimes the lines are down the block. All this for a greasy hot dog with chili that is guaranteed to give you heartburn. Skip it and go to In and Out on Sunset!

martinikitty13
martinikitty13

11/18/2006

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Tradition

it's really not the hot dogs (they're just ok) and it's certainly not the silly lines that surround the place from morning til night that brings me back to pink's. i really believe it's an LA experience that one has to try at least once. It's also one of the few places open really late where you can grab food after clubbing and get sodas in old-fashioned bottles and yoo-hoos.

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Phone: 323-931-7594

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Neighborhoods
Central LA, Mid-City West
Categories
American Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Fast Food Restaurants, Hamburgers & Hot Dogs, Restaurants
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Parking: Paid, Free, Private

Wi-Fi: No

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

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