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March 11, 2006



You know Reid, I've lived in the LA area for almost 40 years and never been to Pink's? I've heard lots about it but never had the chance of eating there. I've been to most of the other local landmarks like Phillipe's for French dip, Tommy's for chili hamburgers, Tito's for tacos, Clifton's for lunch, but never Pink's. Glad you like it. Sure looks good on TV when they reviewed it...


Oh...did you know that Orson Welles hold the Pink's record for eating the most hot dogs in one sitting? I think it was either 15 or 18? Still can't compete with that skinny guy from Japan who ate 50 hot dogs at that Coney Island contest at Nathan's...

Will Lee

I've never tried Pinks. But the best hot dog place ever is Top Dog in Berkeley.


How can you not luv Pink's?
BUT having grown up in SanFran, I have to agree with Will that Top Dog (on Durant) is tops at least in the Bay Area.

Will Lee

What's the best hot dog place in Hawaii? Please don't tell me one of those Vienna hot dog carts. I am jonesing for a Top Dog right now!


A few years ago, Julia Child was being interviewed in a magasine, and she said that she had the best hot dog in the world here in Santa Barbara, but never mentioned where. The next week, a patient of mine, who was her neighbor, came into the office, and I asked her to ask Julia where is this great place. The next day, I get a note on my desk telling me where: Costco. But we still like Casper's in the East Bay area around San Francisco.


I've never been to Pink's, but I know a lot of foodies in LA have a disdain for Pink's.. Not to mention I've heard the food leaves much to be desired, but then again, I'm still awaiting my chance to try it and find out for myself.


Reid, those dawgs from Pink's look positively magnificent! The bacon-chili-cheese dog, in particular, is a personal fave. (I usually ask the counterfolk to throw in some mushrooms and fried onion for good measure.) It's been ages since I've been to Pink's and your post made me more than a little hungry. Trouble is: where do I go for a Pink's dawg in Manila - of all places?!?


Man, that bacon dog brings back some great memories of Pink's. Although, I've only been there a few times even though I live in L.A. (30+ yrs) Funny, I actually thought the CostCo dogs were pretty decent too. I mean if you're shopping there anyway...


Reid, are you retiring this blog? It's been awhile -- miss you!

Ann VanMoxie

One day, if I'm ever in California, Pink's is on my list. But one thing really troubles me; there is lettuce on that Polish. And tomatoes. That would never happen in Chicago. A Polish is mustard and onions only - a dog has tomatoes, but not lettuce.


I've heard so very much about Pink's - I think the first mention I'd seen was on Tony Bourdain's "A Cook's Tour." Is it the toppings that make Pink's memorable, or is it something about the dog itself?


What makes these hot dogs really great is not only the taste but the texture itself. These Hoffy hot dogs have a natural casing that creates a "snap" when bitten in to. Sort of like the old-fashion link sausages of long ago. Most hot dogs you buy in the stores nowadays are "caseless" and lack flavor.


Check out the hot dog posts at


Send the onion rings to me! ;P AThe jailors havelet me out of the insane asylum, and everything on this post is calling to me! Yum ;9


I used to love this blog and look foward to reading it, but it's been sucking recently. The updates have been so horrid and sloppy.


V, I think that's an unfair remark to make. I'm sure Reid is extremely busy with work, as he had mentioned previous to his vacation. It's attitudes like yours that can ruin a hobby and make it an obligation, or "work." It ceases to be fun. So hush!

michael, from san antonio

Please help,

where can I buy a large amount of the Hoffy brand hot dogs, like a meat vendor. I want to start a hot dog stand


Hey, what a coincidence! I just bought some Hoffy hot dogs today at Food4Less here in LA on sale for 88 cents a pack. Where's the mustard?

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