Monday, May 23, 2011

Pinks Hot Dogs

Pink's Hot Dogs!!! They claim they are the most famous hot dog stand in the country.  I'm not sure about that, but it's probably the most famous one in Los Angeles. Without a doubt!

The stand was started by Paul Pink in 1939.  It was a push cart in those fays.  The oversized dog had chili (his wife Betty's recipe), with a large warm bun, mustard, and oinos which sold for 10 cents.  In 1946 Paul traded the cart for a building which is where it stands now.

The menu offerings are spectacular.  I can't even count how many different dogs they have but it's insane.  They have multiple dogs named after celebrities who frequent the stand. Some of the celebrity dogs include the Martha Stewart dog with mustard, relish, onions, chopped tomatoes, sauerkraut, bacon, and sour cream.  Another is the Rosie O'Donnell Long Island Dog which is a 10" dog topped with mustard, onions, chili and sauerkraut. The Huell Howser Dog is a standard chili dog with two of the regular hot dogs on a single bun while the Ozzy Spicy Dog named for Ozzy Osbourne features a polish sausage, nacho cheese, american cheese, grilled onions, guacamole, and chopped tomatoes.

We went on a weekday around noon.  They only accept cash so we had to find a BOA ATM before getting in line.  We were gone for maybe 20 minutes and by the time we got back the line had doubled.  It took about 30 minuets to get through the line to order but it gave us time to decide what we wanted, which was extremely hard.  I must have changed my mind 3 or 4 times but finally settled on The Mullholland Drive Dog which has a 9" stretch dog with grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, nacho cheese (I subbed the nacho cheese for american cheese), and bacon!

Grete got a Martha Stewart Dog which is mentioned above.  We ordered our dogs and as soon as we payed our dogs were ready.  They looked SPECTACULAR, and also like a heart attack on a plate, but oh what a way to go.  There was so much on both of the dogs that it was hard to eat.  Grete ended up using a fork which I thought was quite funny.  I was able to finish my dog without using utensils.  With all the stuff that was on it, I'm hesitant to call it a hot dog but it was probably the best one I've ever had! I ate it all!  It was soo good.

If I were you, I'd go out of my way to get to this place.  They have opened some places in Vegas and around LA like LAX and Knotts but it's not the same.  Go to the original and experience the real deal!  It will be hard to find something that you won't want to eat.  They even have veggie dogs.  They open at 9:30am everyday and close in the wee hours of the morning.  No Excuse!

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