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Apr 17, 2008 12:49 AM

Dear Lord - why did I go to Pink's today instead of Carney's?

Ok time was limited and I wasn't even thinking about hot dogs for lunch. But then there I was driving right past Pink's and there was only maybe 7 people in line and I hadn't been there in at least 5 years, so what the hell. Went around the block and quickly found a spot in their lot. Good omen?

Of course, even with only 7 people in line it took a full 15 minutes until I could place my order. A Huell (Howser) dog and a polish chicago dog. Ate it right there, or tried to. The Huell had 2 dogs in one bun along with chili, mustard, onions and cheese. The dogs had a slight snap but the taste was bland, in no way close to Carney's dogs. The little bit of mustard and onion was plopped in the center of the dog. The chili was more plentiful but not very interesting. The best part was the bun, but I did manage to choke the whole thing down.

The polish dog was basically inedible. Too thick, very dry, just a sad bloated thing. Should've chosen the spicy version, perhaps there would've been some flavor. Again only a slight amount of mustard, relish and onions and way too many chopped tomatoes (I asked them to hold the lettuce - lettuce??).

Favorite item: my bottled grape crush. Hard to mess that one up.

Dear Carney's: PLEASE FORGIVE ME!! I have sinned and paid the price. Please lord, never again.

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  1. after eating a Pink's chili dog once after a night at the Plaza in '95 all I can say is - I bet you and you're nearest are paying for it now...

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    1. re: hill food

      I watch Throwdown with Bobby Flay and one of the only one he has won has been against Pinks.

      1. re: trojans

        I think Flay won the cheesecake one against Juniors in NYC. I could be wrong.

        1. re: Diana

          Flay's won a few. It usually comes down to traditional vs modern.

          I'm pretty sure the guys at Oki Dog on pico could beat Pink's in a throwdown.

    2. I think your judgment was impaired by NOT being drunk.

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      1. re: ozzygee

        I wasn't aware sobriety was allowed...

      2. In a way, Pink's did you a favor. Think of how good that Carney's dog will NOW!

        1. I've lived in the LA area for 50 years and have never been to Pink's. I suppose I should try it sometime for the experience, though it sounds like a visit might be problematic. On the other hand, I have always liked Tommy's chili burgers and everything at Tito's Tacos, so I might just have an affinity for Pink's. I've just always found it a much better deal to stop by the nearest Costco for a Polish Dog, sauerkraut and mustard + a coke for $1.50....... best deal going. Just my $.02.

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          1. re: Midlife

            At Pink's, I stick with the chili cheese fries (well done) and am always happy! Along with my grape soda, that is!! ;-)

            1. re: WildSwede

              As for Me (at Pink's), give me the Three Dog Night, or give me death.

          2. I stopped going to Pink's when I discovered Jay's Jayburgers in the nineties. Now, Jay's is gone and I don't go anywhere. And I love a good chili dog/burger!! I'll have to hit a Carney's. It's been a very, very long time since I've been.

            Which one is the best?

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              1. re: SaltCod

                SaltCod - I really haven't noticed any qualitative differences between the 2 Carney's. It's just whichever one's closest, which is usually Sunset. That said, I only order dogs and sometimes fries, never had a burger or any of their other items at either location.

                1. re: Josh90004

                  That's funny. I also have never had anything other than CCD's and fries at Carney's. I do see a lot of burgers going out though, so it might be worth it to give one a taste test.