One of Hollywood’s most popular eateries doesn’t require reservations or feature cuisine catering to the body conscious set. The dress code is much more lax than California casual. No shoes, no shirt, no service rules do not apply.
Pink’s, established in 1939, is to Los Angeles what Nathan’s Hot Dogs is to New York—an institution. On weekends the line stretches around the building. Locals and tourists wait patiently in the hot southern California sun. SUVs and limos with tinted windows pull up and double park while assistants jump out to get lunch for their employers who remain inside anonymously in air-conditioned comfort. Drive by at 2 a.m. and you’ll see the club going crowd standing on line jonesing for nourishment after a night of partying.
I must confess that I have never eaten at Pink’s. The line is always too long. But I’m told on good authority that hot dog connoisseurs won’t be disappointed. A chilidog will set you back $2.50.
Pink’s is located at 709 North La Brea Boulevard near Melrose Avenue. Here is a map. Free parking, the equivalent of gold in Los Angeles, is available.