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Aug 8, 2010 07:36 AM

Hot Dog Help!

Okay - Anyone ever been to LA and had a Pinks hot dog? I mean a real fresh (made daily), natural casing (snaps when bitten) hot dog? (


Is there anything in the Ohio area similar?? I don't mean a Skyline dog, a Vienna "Chicago dog", or a Nathan's. While those are all good for what they are . . . they pale in comparison to the kind of dog at Pinks.

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  1. Ohio is a big state. Where in Ohio are you asking about?

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    1. re: nsxtasy

      This was a simple question. Have you bothered to look at this topic since you started it? Or were you just posting in order to promote Pinks on this board?

    2. I've never had them, but there are hot dog-specific places in East Liverpool and Steubenville. Bratwurst aren't really dogs, but Carle's in Bucyrus makes their own.

      1. I've never been to LA or Pink's, but Pink's is on my list of hotdog places to visit someday. I don't think you'll find anything quite like Pink's anywhere in Ohio or the rest of the country for that matter. However, Ohio has a couple of it's own one of a kind hotdog(?) stands that are also quite unique. Try Tony Packo's in Toledo or Schmidts Sausage Haus in Columbus.

        Tony Packo's Cafe
        7 S Superior St, Toledo, OH 43604

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        1. re: jackrugby

          As much as I like Tony Packos, their hot dogs, which are split then placed in the bun, are not natural casing.
          Yes, it does matter.

          Tony Packo's Cafe
          7 S Superior St, Toledo, OH 43604

            1. re: jackrugby

              Maybe they take special orders, so you could ultimately be giving him a fine tip. Really, there aren't many hot dog places in the whole state that aren't of the skyline variety. I do like Chicago Gyros and Dogs in Dayton, myself, but that's the Vienna Chicago dogs the ots was asking about. And Voltzy's buns some great sausages.
              Stll hasn't side where exactly in the "Ohio area" they are referring, though.

              1. re: Fibber McGee

                I agree, s/w Ohio especially is more burger centric than weiner. I recommended Tony Pacco's and Schmidt's because of their uniqueness as opposed to being like Pink's in LA. For that matter Skyline and Gold Star are unique to s/w Ohio and I for one appreciate them for what they are. The hotdogs they use aren't that good, but when you top them with Cincy style chili, cheese and onions, their a pretty damn good dog! And what I've heard about Pink's it's the variety of toppings that you can get that is one of the things that makes them so special.

                If you want a pretty good tasting hotdog without all the special adornments, try the hotdog and coke deal offered at most Sam's Club's snackbar. For about $2.00 you get a 1/4 lb. Kosher hotdog and a big Coke. I don't remember if it has a natural casing or not, but it does taste pretty good.

                Gold Star
                219 S Winemiller, Batavia, OH 45103

        2. I am thinking of hitting this place up on my next trip to Columbus...

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          1. re: JanPrimus

            It can be seriously crowded and it is not worth an hour wait. It is good. I prefer Schmidt's.

            1. re: kura kura

              All good food is worth at least a hour of my time....sometimes I have to wait a year before I get just a few pounds of Morels from my spot. :)

              1. re: kura kura

                But doesn't Schmidt's often have a long wait time? I've seen crowds out the door waiting to get in many a time during the weekend.
                At least you can see Schmidt's at just about every fair and festival throughout Ohio, it seems.

                1. re: Fibber McGee

                  Schmidt's has lots of tables and the line moves. Dirty Franks has very few tables. Also, Dirty Franks is the kind of place that doesn't try to hurry you out the door, which is nice when you are eating. You can call ahead and carry out from Dirty Franks.

                  Puff the Magic Popper is my favorite dog at Dirty Franks.

                  BTW, the bar next to Dirty Franks has cleaned up to take advantage of the huge lines at Dirty Franks. The food is pretty good there.

            2. "I mean a real fresh (made daily)"
              Not sure what you mean...but the hot dogs are natural casing hot dogs made by Hoffy a local LA manufacturer.

              If you ever perused the LA Boards you'd find that Pink's doesn't get a lot of respect. I myself am a fan of Pink's and think it's one of the top chili dogs in LA. I think they hate the extreme popularity. It's stood the test of time and any hot dog stand would love to have the business they do.