For years I have heard about its delicious and outrageous combinations ranging from the “Mullholland Drive Dog” with grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, nacho cheese sauce, and bacon to the “Martha Steward Dog” with relish, onions, bacon, chopped tomatoes, sauerkraut, and sour cream.
The well-known eatery has been around for over and visited by a number of famous people. It is after all smack dab in the middle of Hollywood. Every time I hear someone talk about their experience, they can’t stop talking about the hot dogs, onion rings, and the mass amount of people waiting for their own taste of fame. The seemingly original menu still sits on the wall behind the counter, but over time, additional hot dog combinations have been created, named, and framed for customers to choose from. Don’t worry if none of these wild pairings fits your fancy. The group in front of us had one boy who simply ordered two hot dogs in one bun with ketchup, nothing else. That’s about as plain as you can get.
Between my mom, my sister, and I, we pretty much covered most of the toppings. Mom ordered the “The Giada” (named after chef Giada De Laurentiis) with onions, peppers, mozzarella, mushrooms and tomatoes. Meghan went for the “Lord of the Rings Dog” with BBQ sauce and their famous onion rings. I walked out on a limb and ordered the “Patt Morrison Baja Vegan Dog” with fresh guacamole, chopped tomatoes, and chopped onions. Out of all of ours, I liked my mom’s the best but the truly epic meal would mean combining all three of our hot dogs to make one with guacamole, cheese, grilled onions and peppers, BBQ sauce, and onion rings. Now doesn’t that sound delicious? 🙂 I’m sure my family is grimacing at this.
We were all able to sample each other’s selection, but no one seemed to want to test my “vegan” dog out. I can understand why. It really lacked flavor, so I should have gone with my gut instinct to order the “Ozzy Spicy Dog” – spicy polish dog, nacho cheese, American cheese, grilled onions, guacamole, and chopped tomatoes. Well, another reason to make the trip back.
Did you know that Pink’s has its own parking lot attendant? (Parking is free!) It started as a large-wheeled pushcart back in 1939. The first dog it marketed was the Pink’s Chili Dog with a large warm bun, oversized hot dog, mustard, onions, and thick chili, all for about 10 cents each. Now the prize may have gone up a tad, but the location, food, and atmosphere is about the same.
On the way back, we were treated to a clear view of the Griffith Observatory and even the Hollywood Sign. I believe three Southern California treasures in one day is quite a success.
If you can’t make it out to the original location, don’t fear, you can still pick up some unique flavorings at some of the following areas: Universal CityWalk, LA/Orange County/Ventura County Fairs, Knott’s Berry Farm, LAX Bradley Terminal, and even Cedar Pointe Amusement Park, Sandusky, Ohio!x
Pink’s Hot Dogs
709 N. La Brea
Los Angeles, CA 90038