Is it that Californians don’t like hotdogs
That is a silly question.
or are much better places to get hotdogs in SoCal?
That is an excellent question. Marlene can weigh in on places she has tried that put Pink’s to shame, but I can lead you to Skooby’s on Hollywood Blvd and pretty much guarantee satisfaction, although I’m not anywhere near a hot dog fan as are the John Foxes, the Hot Dog University guys, and the Sop Thats of the Roadfood site.
To give you an idea of my hot dog chops so you can judge from whence I come, I do love a ripper and sometimes a cremator from Rutt’s, while I’m not at all fond of a Chicago-style dog with all that vegetative matter and ugly green relish piled on. BEWARE: AS A NATIVE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIAN, KETCHUP ON A HOT DOG DOES NOT DRIVE ME INTO MURDEROUS RAGE OR TO SUICIDAL TENDENCIES. IN A NUTSHELL, I DON’T CARE WHAT OTHER PEOPLE PUT ON THEIR HOT DOG, I CARE ONLY ABOUT WHAT’S PUT ON MINE. I thought you should know that.
In recent thread somewhere on this site, I noticed a comment about the Anchor Bar in Buffalo being a tourist beacon, and that anyone who ordered wings there was pretty much hanging the “I’m a tourist” sign around their neck. That’s how I view the Pink’s experience. Do it to say you’ve done it, see for yourself, but don’t go there with high expectations. There’s a good reason behind the fact that in over 2000 reviews at Yelp.com they’ve only been able to squeeze out 3 stars.
I’ll finish with this: As a certifiable chili fan, Pink’s chili has to be the worst I’ve ever had, save for the hippie chili made for me 25 years ago by a well-meaning neighbor. It had no meat and tasted strongly of dill, and not even my dog would eat it. Pink’s chili wasn’t much better than that.
Over to you, Marlene.