Do you love hot dogs?
If so, then you need to take a trip to Pink's Hot Dogs the next time you're in Los Angeles. It's one of the best places to grab a hot dog in the entire city and is a place that's beloved by both L.A. natives and those who are just in town for a visit.
There are so many things to love about Pink's Hot Dogs and all it has to offer. Here are 8 reasons why we love Pink's Hot Dogs and can't get enough of the iconic L.A. eatery.
1. Pink's Hot Dogs Has an Amazing Back Story
Pink's Hot Dogs was first founded all the way back in 1939 by Paul and Betty Pink.
At the time, they didn't have enough money to open up a physical location. So they purchased a pushcart for $50 and set it up at the corner of La Brea and Melrose. They sold chili dogs featuring Betty's chili for 10 cents a pop and turned themselves into an institution before long.
Eventually, the Pinks opened up Pink's Hot Dogs in the Fairfax District of L.A in 1946. But those initial "cart" years really solidified Pink's as a staple of L.A. food culture.
2. It Has an Amazing Menu
The Pink's Hot Dogs menu has expanded quite a bit over the years. When Pink's first opened up, the chili dog was pretty much all that anyone ordered.
But these days, those who love hot dogs can choose from a wide range of options. The chili dog is still at the top of the menu and one of the most popular choices. But you can also order a:
- Guadalajara Dog
- Chicago Polish Dog
- Turkey Dog
- Polish Pastrami Dog
- New York Dog
- El Cucuy Dog
- And more!
There are also a handful of celebrities who have earned the bragging rights of having a hot dog named after them over the years. Examples include the Martha Stewart Dog, the Rosie O'Donnell Long Island Dog, and the Huell Howser Dog.
3. It Offers More Than Just Hot Dogs!
Yes, the majority of people who show up at Pink's Hot Dogs are actively seeking, well, hot dogs. But that doesn't mean that's all that Pink's has on their menu!
They've also added things in addition to the famous hot dogs on their menu over the years. You can now order hamburgers, fries, and even desserts like chocolate marble cake and coconut cake.
Bottom line: You're not going to leave Pink's Hot Dogs hungry!
4. It Has Been Featured in a Bunch of Movies and TV Shows
Since the 1970s, Pink's has made multiple appearances in movies and TV shows.
If you look carefully, you'll catch Pink's in the 1971 film, Minnie and Moskowitz, the 1975 movie, Aloha, Bobby and Rose, and the second season of the hit TV show, 90210.
Pink's was also featured prominently in the opening credits for The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and is now featured in the opening credits for The Late Late Show with James Corden.
Something tells us it's going to featured in lots of other movies and TV shows in the years to come, too.
5. It Has Attracted Tons of Celebrities
To say that Pink's has attracted some celebrities over the years would be a major understatement. Anyone who is someone in L.A. has made a stop at Pink's since it opened.
Pink's has a gigantic collection of photos of celebrities who have stopped by for a bite to eat. Some of those celebrities include:
- Kevin Hart
- Queen Latifah
- Tyra Banks
- Katy Perry
- Betty White
- Jay Leno
- Jimmy Fallon
- Henry Winkler
- Stevie Wonder
- And on and on and on
It's clear Pink's has plenty of star power. Next time you are there, you may be surprised to see who you find in line next to you.
6. It Has a Really Cool Logo
The Pink's Hot Dogs logo has become almost as iconic as the hot dog shop itself. When you see the Pink's logo, you know it right away.
Show your love for Pink's with a "Pink's Made Special" T-shirt, featuring the iconic Pink's logo on the front of it.
7. It Brings People Together at All Times of the Day
There is obviously so much to love about Pink's Hot Dogs, but do you know what makes it really special? It's the people who show up at Pink's at all hours looking for a hot dog fix.
There is something incredible about waiting in line at Pink's and connecting with those who have come together to eat. Whether you're in line for lunch or waiting to chow down on hot dogs after a late-night concert, you'll be blown away by the crowd that Pink's attracts.
8. It Doesn't Appear to Be Going Anywhere Anytime Soon
Pink's has already been around for almost 80 years. And it very well could be around for another 80 years (or more!) at the rate it's going.
The people in L.A. don't seem to be getting tired of Pink's, and as long as they continue to make their delicious food, Pink's is going to remain a staple in the city.
Not bad for a company that got its start out of a pushcart, eh?
Take a Trip to Pink's Hot Dogs the Next Time You're in L.A.
If you've never had the opportunity to eat at Pink's Hot Dogs, make sure you change that the next time you're in L.A.
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