Long lines, cash only, and great food. This can only equate to one thing, Pinks Hot Dogs.
Started in 1939, Pinks Hot Dogs on the corner of Melrose and La Brea, has established itself as a ‘must-try’ when in Los Angeles. From there long lines that sometimes go around the corner of the store, to the parking attendant that helps maintain the peace in there tiny parking lot, Pinks breaks the notion that all hot dogs are the same.
Boasting over 20 different types of hot dogs alone, Pinks offers its customers a variety of choices when it comes to ‘personalizing’ there dog. From the original Chili Dog to the film inspired “Lord of the RINGS dog” (10″ Stretch Dog, Yummy BBQ sauce topped with onion rings), just asking for a ‘hot dog’ will not work. Not only does Pinks offer a great selection of hot dogs, but they also serve burgers as well. The key element in almost all of Pinks menu items, is there famous chili. Using the same recipe that was used in 1939 by founder Paul Pink, Pinks attracts customers from all parts of Los Angeles. From famous celebrities to the average Joe, Pinks has used the strategy of great quality and service as there main business mantra. Every hot dog is made to the customers specifications, and is handled and prepared in a timely manner.
One may ask if it is worth staying in line for upwards of 30 minutes just for a ‘hot dog’, but most will tell you it is. The closer and closer you get to the front, the more and more you are convinced it is worth it. From the aroma of the chili, to the sight of the dogs being made, the visual showcase is a treat in itself.
Whether you are a college student looking for a creative date spot, a struggling actor looking for some inspirational food, or a high powered CEO looking to reconnect with us little people, Pinks is just a small reminder of why we love LA.