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Pinks or Tail O The Pup

ddawnzer Sep 27, 2008 03:48 PM

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

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    yogachik RE: ddawnzer Sep 27, 2008 04:01 PM

    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
      Jack Flash RE: yogachik Sep 27, 2008 04:10 PM

      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. Servorg RE: ddawnzer Sep 27, 2008 04:55 PM

      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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        Foodandwine RE: Servorg Sep 27, 2008 05:53 PM

        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..

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          Servorg RE: Foodandwine Sep 27, 2008 05:55 PM

          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.

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            Foodandwine RE: Servorg Sep 27, 2008 06:01 PM

            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?

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              Servorg RE: Foodandwine Sep 27, 2008 06:02 PM

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

      2. monku RE: ddawnzer Sep 27, 2008 06:26 PM

        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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          SIMIHOUND RE: monku Sep 27, 2008 07:21 PM

          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.

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            ns1 RE: SIMIHOUND Sep 28, 2008 09:39 AM

            I go to Fab's every other week.

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

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            zimmy RE: monku Sep 27, 2008 07:32 PM

            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.

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              monku RE: zimmy Sep 27, 2008 08:33 PM

              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.

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                mangetoutoc RE: zimmy Nov 29, 2008 05:33 PM

                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. J.L. RE: ddawnzer Sep 28, 2008 01:51 AM

              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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                bsquared2 RE: J.L. Sep 28, 2008 08:44 AM

                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.

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                  The Old Man RE: bsquared2 Sep 28, 2008 09:13 AM

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

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                    J.L. RE: bsquared2 Sep 28, 2008 12:02 PM

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

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                  Briggs RE: ddawnzer Sep 28, 2008 02:04 AM

                  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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                    chicagofoodgal RE: Briggs Oct 9, 2008 11:29 PM

                    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.

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                      Briggs RE: chicagofoodgal Oct 10, 2008 12:26 AM

                      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
                        Jack Flash RE: Briggs Oct 10, 2008 08:51 AM

                        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.

                  2. lucygoosey RE: ddawnzer Oct 10, 2008 09:14 AM

                    i'm a fan of skooby's on hollywood blvd. i like the punk rock kids, the dogs, the fries!, the lemonade. nothing is perfect but as a whole it's a better LA experience than pinks.

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                      Jack Flash RE: lucygoosey Oct 10, 2008 12:01 PM

                      I've got to agree here. Skooby's is a pretty solid choice. The only downside is very limited seating: about 4 stools outside, and that's pretty much it.

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                      Briggs RE: ddawnzer Oct 10, 2008 01:28 PM

                      I guess I'm the only one here who loves Weenez on 5th(?) & Spring St. in downtown (well, me & my 10 year old). It's the closest thing to a classic NY Deli dog I've found in all my time here. Very simple dog, but with a natural casing that I think (not sure) is boiled, then grilled. In any case, it has that beefy grilled taste.

                      Not exotic, not fancy, not a lot of crap (although it might be available) - just an honest dog. The burger looks pretty awesome, and my son loved it. Plus the whole attached attached gallery space pretty cool. And the owner has been pleasant. I believe they cater for those who are interested.

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                        Jack Flash RE: Briggs Oct 10, 2008 01:44 PM

                        That's close enough to work for me to check it out one of these days. I've seen it mentioned but I keep forgetting about it. I'll have to check it out soon.

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                          ns1 RE: Briggs Oct 10, 2008 02:38 PM

                          Weeneez is pretty damn good, but is also pretty damn expensive.

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