In search of some of the best hot dogs in Los Angeles? Then head over to Pink´s on N La Brea Ave in Hollywood. This celebrity´s favorite has a line at almost anytime of the day and was actually the spot where Bruce Willis proposed to Demi Moore. Well, we all know that some things in life are not meant to be forever, but when it comes to Hot Dogs, no compromise should be made.
When Paul and Betty Pink first started to sell hot dogs out of their 50$ pushcart back in 1939, they surely had no idea that some 80 years later they were going to sell between 1,500 and 2,000 hot dogs each single day.
Their close location to Hollywood studios such as Paramount, Universal or Disney made it a popular hangout for producers as well as for upcoming and established movie stars over the years. The hall of fame inside the small dining room originally started as a place for aspiring actors to hang their photos to be discovered by producers and directors who were known to dine at Pink’s. Today, over 200 world-class celebrities are featured on the wall and the hot doggerie has also been the set for various TV and film productions.
Today, Pink´s has evolved to a multi-million dollar empire with 18 further branches nationwide and it is an officially recognized “Treasure of LA”. Orson Welles, the original producer of “War of the Worlds”, is remembered to have eaten altogether 18 dogs in one day. Piggery!
No wonder that I had to check this classic out when I traveled back to Los Angeles in August 2017. I was right in my city exploration tour and hungry to death. The moment I saw the long line of people waiting outside the small curbside building on La Brea Ave, I knew I had found it. Luckily, the stand has a large parking lot outside, so I could leave the car hassle free and make my way into the line.
The waiting time was actually great for deciding what I eventually wanted to feast on and after careful consideration, I ended up ordering the Ozzy Spicy Dog with spicy Polish sausage, nacho cheese, American cheese, grilled onions, guacamole and chopped tomatoes. And a portion of onion rings.
Ok, sounds like gluttony, right? And it was! The menu is truly not made for people being on strict diets, but once you have those cravings for something truly substantial, Pink´s is your place to be. The Ozzy dog was huge! I added a little extra spice to it and even though I made a whole mess when eating it, it formed a big smile on my face. The smile you get when your expectations of how a decent hot dog should be are not only met, but surpassed (and I don´t even eat normally hot dogs!).
When I was finished, my mouth and fingers were smudged with guacamole and nacho cheese. The onion rings had actually been a little bit too much for me, but they were so crisp on the out and juicy in the inside, I just could not stop downing one after the other. LOL, it almost felt like I was in some kind of a zone! Luckily, I had a few more stations on my tour afterwards that involved quite some walking. Otherwise, I think I would have fallen into a food coma. Funnily, I did not have a further meal that day, so that might indicate how rich in content the food at Pink´s is. But it was worth every bite. You will have to try for yourself! Seriously!
709 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038, USA