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Pink's --- WTF!

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Can someone please explain the whole Pink's phenomenon to me? Waited an hour to get a totally unremarkable hot dog the other day as we had a relative in town who wanted the Pink's experience.

Do the people, you know, the hipster locals, that line up all the time actually think they are getting something that is even remotely better than any other hot dog? I am not saying that Pink's dogs are bad or over-priced, well, maybe over-priced, but a hot dog is a hot dog. And I can't say that experience of waiting in line is particularly entertaining.

Anyone else feel my pain? Or am I just a grouch who doesn't get it?

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      1. In spite of the fact that I used to be in L.A. for business all the time, I had never been to Pink's until May 2007. Luckily, we stopped by during a lull in service and I got the dog right away (I would not have waited in a line) and it was one of the absolute worst hot dogs I had ever eaten. Sodium-laden dreck is what I thought while eating it.

        So bad, I didn't finish it.

        It's really the hot dog for celebrity-types and wanna-be's with a very parochial palate.

        1. Pinks is a good hot dog if there's no line but I haven't been in years because of the long lines.

          Hipsters? Maybe this word is over used or maybe you meant mid western tourists.

          Parochial palate? Are we still talking about hot dogs?

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          1. re: Hershey Bomar

            I'm a midwestern tourist and I wouldn't stand in line to buy a hot dog anywhere. I wouldn't even pay to dine out for hotdogs, whether it's on the east at Coney Island or west at a Weinerschnitzel...and I enjoy occasionally eating hotdogs on the grill/fire.

            1. re: sausagefinger

              OK I'll be the first to bite, (pun intended) I like Pink's. I don't love it but there is something about standing in line super buzzy at 1am with the other famished drunkards. You can meet some really cool people. If I were not trying to sober up...maybe not but if I had my pals with me it might be a fun way to chat each other up and get some gutbusting grub. I sooo love the snap to those dogs...Ok fire away.

              1. re: bubbles4me

                The best thing about Pinks is the late night crowd. One time, a very long time ago, a friend of mine was in line next to Axl Rose. That's definitely worth the price of a hotdog!

                1. re: bubbles4me

                  If you enjoy going there, that's cool. My response was more in line with the midwestern tourist comment. I'm from the midwest, and I don't go out for hotdogs here. I couldn't imagine traveling 2000 miles to eat a hotdog with Hugh Hefner, let alone wait in line and pay dearly for one. I can see Axl, and have, in my hometown of Lafayette. It's his hometown as well.

            2. Just browsing the L.A board since I'll be visiting soon. I actually like, really like, the hot dog at Costco. Don't know if it is the buck fifty factor or what, just do. Out of curiosity, how does Pink compare?

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              1. re: ceekskat

                apples and oranges. Pink's is a scene and the dogs can be made with any topping you can or might not think of. The dogs themselves have the snap to the casing that people love or hate. It is more of a "thing you do in LA" kind of thing. Fun to me hateful to others.

                1. re: bubbles4me

                  I love it - but then again I order the Chili Cheese Fries (well done), well done, which I love, to go with my dog. It is, as others have mentioned, a scene and a fun place to be.