Pink's Hot Dogs

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Pink's Hot Dogs is a landmark hot dog restaurant in the Fairfax District of the city of Los Angeles. It is on North La Brea Avenue, across the street from the Hollywood district on the east.[1][2][3][4][5][6]


Pink's was founded by Paul and Betty Pink in 1939 as a pushcart near the corner of La Brea and Melrose.[7] The Great Depression was still having an impact on the country and money scarce. People could purchase a chili dog made with Betty's own chili recipe accompanied by mustard and onions on a steamed bun for 10 cents each. As business grew, thanks to Betty's chili and the custom-made Hoffy-brand hot dogs, with their natural casings, so did Pink's. The family built the current building in 1946 at 709 North La Brea Avenue in the Fairfax District in West Los Angeles across the street from the Hollywood district in Central Los Angeles.


Sign for the Pink's Hot Dogs at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio

Pink's has named several newer menu items after Hollywood celebrities, some of whom can be seen at the restaurant.[8] There are many signed celebrity photographs hanging on the walls inside; some celebrities have signed more than one photo. The celebrity-named hot dogs are often versions actually ordered by the person in question, such as the "Martha Stewart Dog" with mustard, relish, onions, chopped tomatoes, sauerkraut, bacon, and sour cream. Another is the "Rosie O'Donnell Long Island Dog", which is a 10" dog topped with mustard, onions, chili and sauerkraut. The "Huell Howser Dog" is a standard chili dog with two of the regular hot dogs on a single bun while the "Ozzy Spicy Dog" named for Ozzy Osbourne features a Polish sausage, nacho cheese, American cheese, grilled onions, guacamole and chopped tomatoes.[9]

A smaller selection of hamburgers are available, and desserts are a choice of coconut or marble cake.

There is usually a long line of customers in front despite the lack of parking in the area. The often slow-moving line is viewed by some as part of the attraction at Pink's, especially on Friday and Saturday nights when the stand becomes packed with club and concert goers.

Pink's has its own parking-lot attendant, even though parking is free.[8] According to the menu, Pink's original signature chili dog in stretched, 10 in (25.4 cm) form remains the stand's top seller.

During the Los Angeles Dodgers' World Series run in 2017, the restaurant changed its name to Blue's and repainted its pink and white facade for the first time in 78 years, making it blue and white and featuring Dodger logos and player names.[10] They made a bet against Houston, Texas-based Good Dog restaurant in which the winning city would allow its customers to get free hot dogs the day after a championship win, but Houston won. The Dodgers repeated as NLCS champs the next year, and once again named it Blue's, but lost the World Series to Boston.

Other locations[edit]

In September 2009, a location opened on the Las Vegas Strip at the Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino.

In April 2010, another location opened in Universal CityWalk [on the second level, across from the movie theaters] and introduced "The Betty White Naked Dog" (no condiments or toppings). In November 2010, a location opened at Harrah's Rincon in Valley Center. It has been since closed as of 2018 and replaced with Smashburger.

On June 10, 2016, Pink's opened their first international location at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines.[11]

Pink's hot dogs are also sold at amusement parks—since 2011 at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, the first Pink's location east of Las Vegas, and since 2014 at Lake Compounce in Bristol, Connecticut.

There are also locations inside LAX, The Forum, and T-Mobile Arena. In June 2018, locations opened at Brea Mall and the Camarillo Premium Outlets.

In popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Los Angeles Times
  2. ^ The Los Angeles Times
  3. ^ LA Weekly
  4. ^ The Hollywood Reporter
  5. ^ The Huffington Post
  6. ^ OC Register
  7. ^ Alejandro Benes, "Taking a Stand for Hot Dog Culture"
  8. ^ a b Pink's History Archived 2008-12-24 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Pink's menu
  10. ^ Markazi, Arash (1 November 2017). "Dodgers will be 'remembered forever' if they win championship". ESPN. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Sneak Peek: Pink's Hot Dogs at Shangri-La at the Fort, Bonifacio Global City".
  12. ^ Doherty, Michael. "DVD Review: Aloha, Bobby and Rose.", July 2014, accessed Mar. 16, 2015.
  13. ^ Ray Carney, Cassavetes on Cassavetes, London: Faber and Faber, 2001: p. 276.
  14. ^ South Korean reality television series on MBC every1, f(x)'s Koala (Koreanf(x)의 코알라), the 2nd episode. (in Korean)
  15. ^ Morella, Alex (26 September 2014). "The Amazing Race Oz – Amazing Race Australia vs New Zealand Episode 10 Recap". Survivor Oz. Retrieved 31 December 2019.

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Coordinates: 34°05′02″N 118°20′40″W / 34.083941°N 118.344391°W / 34.083941; -118.344391