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Pinks vs. Carneys

Bruce Wojcik Aug 10, 2002 11:04 PM

I am looking for information comparing Carneys chili dogs and chili hamburgers to Pinks chili dogs and hamburgers. Who uses the best tasting chili between the two? Are Carneys hot dogs the "snappy type"?
I heard that Carneys uses very thick cuts of tomatoes for their burgers and chili dogs. I heard that there are two Carneys, one in the San Fernando Valley and one on the Sunset Strip. Is there any difference between the two?
I am a big chili dog fan. Can anyone recommend any other great tasting chili dogs in the LA area. Thanks for any info.

  1. OC Mutt Jul 24, 2010 06:49 PM

    Pinks is delicious, and worth the effort. The chili is amazing, though nothing like what one would consider traditional chili. Avoid the onion rings though, they're lousy. Also, beware of the spicy polish dog - I love heat, and can eat tabasco straight up, but that thing is so firey I could not finish it.

    1. d
      D.Millhoff Jul 24, 2010 12:26 AM

      Carney's makes a superior hot dog, better chili, and doesn't make you have to wait in a hour-long line for it.

      Pink's, as far as I can tell, rests entirely on undeserved laurels.

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      1. re: D.Millhoff
        Galen Jul 24, 2010 12:27 PM

        Carney's for sure and their tomatoes are superior.

      2. c
        chilli freak Aug 12, 2002 09:04 PM

        Give Jody Maroni's a try. They have excellent chilli dogs, all beef, no beans. They also make a great burger called the ABC, avocadoes, bacon and cheese.

        1. b
          Burger Boy Aug 12, 2002 11:26 AM

          Try Jay's Jay Burgers, they have excellent hot dogs that snapp, wonderful chili (not to greasy), and soft bun warm buns! I had 2 on Saturday afternoon, washed it down with a fresh lemonade.

          Jay's Jay Burgers
          Santa Monica Blvd. & Virgil

          1. c
            Chino Wayne Aug 11, 2002 11:53 PM

            Give Johnnie's at Sepulveda and Washington a try, or any branch of The Hat for chili dogs, although, Pink's will probably win out.

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              2chez mike Aug 11, 2002 03:13 PM

              There's a chain of "Weinershcnitzels" in LA. They do a pretty mean chili dog.

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              1. re: 2chez mike
                Deirdre Aug 11, 2002 05:43 PM

                You've got to be kidding. I tried Wienerschnizle once, and that was enough!

                1. re: 2chez mike
                  OC Mutt Jul 24, 2010 06:46 PM

                  You're joking, Weinershnitzel puts the "dog" in "dog food." It's rare that I don't finish something, but I tried one once and threw it out after 2 bites.

                2. j
                  josh Aug 11, 2002 01:12 PM

                  there is no comparison...... pinks are the real deal..... snappy skins and a nice garlicy taste.....

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