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Sep 27, 2008 03:48 PM

Pinks or Tail O The Pup

Visiting LA soon and have had Pinks and loved it but are we missing something by not going to Tail??

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  1. Tail O the Pup closed a few years ago.

    Carney's is one of my favorites. I like it better than Pinks.

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    1. re: yogachik

      Totally agree. Carney's is far superior to Pink's, and Tail o' the Pup no longer exists.

      For an L.A. experience, try getting a bacon-wrapped dog from a nighttime street vendor, complete with peppers, onions, pineapple, jalapenos and other stuff.

    2. If you will be out in the west San Fernando Valley then a visit to Fab's would be in order if you are seeking a "fabulous" dog.

      Fab Hot Dogs (location as of May 2010
      )19417 Victory Blvd, Reseda, CA 91335

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      1. re: Servorg

        Again, Servog I am thinking on going to Fabs for a ripper. Would you please elaborate on your personal experiance there. I would appreciate it as you are such an active poster here..

        1. re: Foodandwine

          I have only been once as it is a long way from our house, but I thought it lived up to all the other positive comments made here. I had the chili cheese dog and thought both the dog and the chili were outstanding.

          1. re: Servorg

            Thanks I am going to the valley this week and was thinking on stopping in for a ripper. if I do I will report back.. What kind of toppings did you order?

            1. re: Foodandwine

              I am a purest. Chili, cheese and onions are my toppings of choice.

      2. Ever since the Weiner Factory closed I get my Polish dog fix at Pinks. Big, juicy and great natural casing snap to them, spicy or mild take your pick. Pinks isn't bad .... Its an institution and they've got the lines to prove it. I go early when they just open(9:30am) and there's barely a wait. Check out Tommy's---they really load up their chili dogs.
        Tail of the Pup ...went a few times prior to their closing and I realized I wasn't going to miss anything and I'd been there on and off for 20+ years.

        Now the Weiner Factory will be dearly missed.

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        1. re: monku

          Servorg-great answer-you thought outside the box. Hats off to you!

          Foodandwine-here are previous posts about Fabs. I have been five times and loved it each time as did my wife and all my friends. Tell the owners what you like and they will suggest something. I suggest the chili. The garlic fries are wicked if you truly like garlic. Try the Ripper for sure just to experience it.

          Also rumor has it that WF will reopen at some point but nobody knows when. The owners worked long hours for years and since they were forced out (for nothing as it turned out) they are taking advantage of the time they have to relax. I was a real WF fan but I like Fabs more. Better chili and far more variety. If they only had a larger space... Fabs has the exact polish dogs WF had.

          1. re: SIMIHOUND

            I go to Fab's every other week.

            Everything on the menu is great. BE sure to get the tots!

          2. re: monku

            If you want to avoid the lines at Pinks, I've found that another non-busy time to go to is Monday-Thursday around 5pm.

            1. re: zimmy

              Probably non-busy, but ton's of traffic in the area. My usual go to day and time is Sunday mornings between 9:30-10am.

              1. re: zimmy

                heh heh ... I avoid the lines at Pink's by going to (the far superior anyway) Skooby's (on Hollywood Blvd. at Cherokee) instead.

            2. Go to Pink's once just to experience the hype, because it's just hype - the dogs are quite mediocre.

              As mentioned above, Tail O' the Pup is no more.

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              1. re: J.L.

                As a native, I just want to let newcomers know that those lines at Pink's is a fairly recent thing. I started going there years ago and there was hardly ever a line. I think they got a publicist and all of a sudden it became a tourist spot.

                Tail of a Pup was better. I remember going there when they were on La Cienega (before the Beverly Center was there!). The chili was better and they had these fantastic diced onions and parmesan cheese! Plus, it was shaped like a Hot Dog!

                If I'm in the mood for a hot dog, I go to Skooby's.

                1. re: bsquared2

                  Recent? I've been seeing it for over 15 years. BTW it is not good.

                  1. re: bsquared2

                    Tail O the Pup was also featured in the Steve Martin movie "L.A. Story"

                2. Not so fast on Carney's. I made a pit-stop this evening for the first time in several years (and it was not all that frequent before). Yes, there was snap to the dog, and it was a rich, deep red (FWIW), but it just didn't taste right. Not mealy, not spoiled, just not good. Service was prompt, but then it wasn't all that busy for a Saturday night.

                  I'm not all that wild about Pink's either, but at least you feel it's a sort of fun experience.

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                  1. re: Briggs

                    Pink's is good but Portillo's is the best by far. I am praying that they decide to come down to San Diego. I was raised with Portillos and there is no comparison anywhere in Southern California.

                    1. re: chicagofoodgal

                      The poster had asked about L.A. - the 2 Portillo's in southern Cal being nowhere near.

                      Since I love a good dog, I tried, but couldn't find out anything about what makes Portillo's so sensational. A lot of PR about their success and other businesses - but nothing about their dogs. From the pics, it looks like Ruby's.

                      So what makes Portillo's best by far?

                      1. re: Briggs

                        I would qualify it as very worthwhile, though not necessarily "best." For a specifically Chicago-style dog, it has just about all of the correct elements, and the dog itself is reasonably flavorful and with a natural casing.