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Pink’s Hot Dogs

November 5, 2009

We’ll call this the all-pink post of Southern Transplant, although not literally.  I spent the past weekend in Los Angeles for another wedding, and of course had to report on my culinary adventures.  Turns out that when we hoofed it (read: drove) to Hollywood, all my LA dreams were within a block of each other: Pink’s Hot Dogs and Pinkberry. A mix of the old and the new, the standby and the trend, both delicious.

Pink's Hot Dogs

Pink’s Hot Dogs have been around on the same street, near Melrose and La Brea (and yes, they do advertise for the new Melrose Place tv show on Melrose) since 1939, when it was but a mere hot dog cart.  Today, it is an institution, with a few locations in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Lines can stretch down the block, but we got there early enough that it wasn’t too bad, perhaps 20 minutes.  The wait was worth it.  Pictured are the 10″ Stretch Chili Dog and the Pat Morrison Baja Veggie Dog with a vegan dog, fresh onions, tomatoes and guacamole (my choice).  Yummy!

Pink's hotdogs

Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of my Pinkberry creation, but I do have a stock photo for you.  My frozen yogurt of choice was coconut, with fruity pebbles, pineapple, blueberries and raspberries. It was the good stuff, and hit the spot on an LA day that was inching into the 80s. Luckily, there was no one else at the store when we got there, so the lady behind the counter was nice enough to give us Pinkberry newbies a tutorial. The results were delicious.


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