Excellent | Worth a Detour
Pink’s Famous Chili Dogs
Review by: Jane & Michael Stern
The must-eat item at Pink’s is a chili dog – an all-beef tube steak in a taut natural casing that is nabbed in spongy bun and is then topped with mustard, raw onions, and a spill of dark, meaty chili. This configuration was originally created by founders Paul and Betty Pink back in 1939, when it cost a dime. Since they opened their hot dog stand in what was then the Hollywood countryside, an entire city has grown up around them; and Pink’s has become a famous dive.
It is so popular that the wait in line to place your order can seem interminable on a pleasant evening, but once you get to the head of the line, service is lightning fast – about a minute until you receive your tray of food. There are a few indoor seats around back as well as an outdoor patio, but favored dining spots also include the adjoining sidewalk, your car parked in the red zone on La Brea, or strolling along Melrose Avenue.
Beyond chili-topped hot dogs, Pink’s menu lists lesser-known breeds of pup worth eating, too: the Guadalajara dog, topped with sour cream; cheese dogs; dogs wrapped in tortillas; pastrami Reuben dogs, foot-long jalapeno dogs, extra-large Polish dogs, even a Martha Stewart dog, which is a 10-incher topped with mustard, relish, onions, bacon, chopped tomatoes, sauerkraut and sour cream. (Why that combination adds up to Martha Stewart, we cannot say.) There are even hamburgers; Roadfood tipster Larry said that he actually prefers the hamburgers to the hot dogs, and “the onion rings are to die for.”
Directions & Hours
- Monday: 9:30 AM – 11:00 PM
- Tuesday: 9:30 AM – 11:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 11:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:30 AM – 11:00 PM
- Friday: 9:30 AM – 1:00 AM
- Saturday: 9:30 AM – 1:00 AM
- Sunday: 9:30 AM – 11:00 PM
|Meals Served||Lunch, Dinner, Late Night|
|Credit Cards Accepted||No|