In the Philippines, hotdogs are usually for breakfast with rice and eggs please! Or maybe for merienda (i.e. snack) in a bun or encased in a sweet, buttery waffle or plain on a stick.
But in America, summertime means hotdog time. I don’t know why. But I suppose because these are the snacks you have in the ballpark. Yep, baseball season is now here. Or because hotdogs are best done on the grill, which is most popular in this sun drenched season.
In Los Angeles, Pink’s is the place to be at for hot dogs.
Open since 1936, Pink’s Hot Dogs still draws crowds from all over. It also helps that it is open until late night to satisfy the needs of hungry party goers or travelers like us. It has a line, even at odd hours, so patience is a virtue.
Pink’s Hot Dogs have a LOT of hotdog sandwiches to choose from. They’re famous for having hotdog trimmings / flavors concocted by celebrities, both of national and local Los Angeles fame. Some of these famous flavors include one by Martha Stewart (9″ hotdog, relish, onions, bacon, chopped tomatoes, sauerkraut and sour cream), Giada Laurentis (9″ stretch dog, sauteed peppers, onions, mushrooms, chopped tomato, shredded mozzarella cheese), Rosie O’Donnel (9″ stretch dog, mustard, chili, onions, sauerkraut) and the Ryan Lochte (2 stretch hotdogs, mustard, chili, French fries topped with nacho cheese).
Though I am not a fan of the overly dressed dog, I wanted something fresh and I ordered the Guadalajara dog – relish, onions, tomatoes and sourcream – inspired by the city of the same name in Mexico. Apparently, this is the same style of hotdog dressing that they do over there.
I also ordered a basket of onion rings (because I just LOVE onion rings!) and a bottle of Dr. Brown’s black cherry soda (because I was curious of the taste).
One thing you’d notice about Pink’s hotdogs is the famous SNAP of the dog when you bite down into it. It makes me think that the hotdog is fresh and really well made. I suppose that it is because of the long lines that really get their inventory moving fast.
The Pink’s hotdog also is very juicy, moist, so you won’t get a dry, hard to swallow sandwich. This is one thing I don’t appreciate about American fare. I guess being Filipino / Asian, I am used to eating saucy food. That’s why we have sabaw (i.e. soup) in meals in the carinderia?
The next time we headed there, I ordered the classic Pink’s chili dog with cheese. Of course, again with my basket of onion rings and the Dr. Brown’s black cherry soda.
I enjoyed the Guadalajara dog more than the classic. And obviously, I loved the onion rings and the black cherry soda. The onion rings were not greasy, batter light and crispy. Though they do get heavy in the tummy when you’ve eaten through half of the basket. The black cherry soda was a revelation. It was not sickeningly sweet and tart, a nice accompaniment to the rich fried goodness of the hotdog sandwich and onion rings.
Oh, and another thing I love about Pink’s Hot Dogs? Its a dog friendly place! Obi approved! You can take your fur babies, on leash, and sit at the tables out back.
Do I love hotdogs in buns over hotdogs with rice? Hell, no! I’d still take my hotdogs with fried eggs and rice any day 🙂 I am still Filipino through and through!
Pink’s Hot Dogs
709 N. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
+1 (323) 931-4223
Open Sunday to Thursday 930AM – 2AM
Friday to Saturday 930AM – 3AM