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Posted by The Branch on 07/20/2010
A good friend and I, Tommy from Thailand, used to go over to Pinks every night. That was in the late 60's, before they had such an extensive menu, an all Latin crew, and long lines. He later was studying in New York and told me he met somebody from L. A. "Ever go to Pinks?," the man asked. "Oh yes!" I Met the founder, the late Paul Pink there one time. I only go now around 10 a.m. or so to avoid the lines, but like so many others, I love the place. Was in a hot dog stand on Hollywood Way in Burbank, once. A customer from Sunland was talking: "we usually drive into 'Pinkys' in Hollywood." She had the name wrong, but extolled the dogs. Once heard a famous drummer interviewed on radio. He had written and recorded a song, "Midnight at Pinks," because the musicians he recorded with used to go to Pinks after their sessions. Have always felt the burgers are some of the best you will find anywhere, much better than the competitions. Pinks is one of those comfortable, bright spots in Hollywood and thankfully the family still owns it. Don't ever close, Pinks!!!
Posted by Drive By on 02/13/2008
Take my advise and just drive by the place the line is LOOOONNGGG and the food is just a hot dog. I have had worse and several better. the line is not worth the food. At best if you have time drive by early in the afternoon and ther is no line then you will be in the same boat i am in you can say you have eaten at Pinks and that is the best thing you can get from there.
Posted by triplebeeftaco on 02/10/2008
Totally average, at best... Would never wait in the ridiculous usual line, but was passing by one day and it seemed super short. Staff was very slow, and we waited 20 minutes. Way too long for a basic dog, chili was tasteless.
Posted by Dicky Betz on 01/27/2008
Near as 'ol Dicky can tell, "Pink's Hot Dogs" is little more than a ramshackle sleigh with two tiny reindeer. That being said, the eats do go down rather yummily. I scored a twin dog with cheese atop, and a side of cheese fries. (I gave the chili the peace sign.) The line was McDonk-u-bus, but it moved along at a reasonable pace. Let me tell you, those cats behind the counter ain't slaggin off back there, that's for sure. They can flip a frank faster than you can say "fallafel friday fundraiser." And they look good doin' it, too. Not an uggle in the bunch, my brothers. Not an uggle in the bunch. As for the flava? Top tier dogs, all the way. No doubt. I took the grub back home to Hearst Castle so as not to allow the atmospheric conditions of a 62-year-old LA-based hot dog stand affect my judgement. The dog was crisp. The cheese, taking nothing away from the core flavors, made it perfect. After the second one I had to take a break. I took a short walk around the block, then [drop]ped a clean deuce, giving me a fresh start for the fries. They didn't dissappoint my brothers, they didn't dissappoint. The deeper you dug, the soggier the fry. And the cheese added that certain special "zing"not dissimilar to the sonic effect Bernard Herrmann so often achieved when doubling his muted trumpets with the oboes at the unison. After the last fry was well-biled betwixt my instestine and cul-de-sac, I sat down in the living room for a "Little House on the Prarie" mini-marathon. I watched 7 episodes that night, my brothers, and as unforgettable as Michael Landon was, don't think for a minute that a single frame went by without my longing for just one more bite of of that crisp, clean, juicy dog...
Posted by jo on 12/29/2006
It is just a hot dog so was never willing to stand in those ridiculous lines. One day line was short so I finally tried pink's. So many choices didn't know where to start, but in the end the chili fries were good & so was my dog with pastrami & stuff. As far as dogs go it was a good one BUT Not so good I would wait in those lines. If the craving struck & line was short I would return.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/31/2006
The wait can get VERY long, but the hot dogs are great -- diverse and yummy. So many combinations, so little time. mmm. If you can look past the shack-like set-up and the plastic patio furniture, it's worth a try.
Posted by Californian on 05/25/2006
It's nice to have local institutions, but sometimes fame is undeserved. Pink's is just not that great in the food department. Carney's is so much better. But if it's worth standing in line to go someplace famous, then off you go!