Pink's Hot Dogs
709 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
We started researching our new book GAME TOWN, in Hollywood, on Hollywood Blvd. Since this was a fact-finding "mission" we decided to take the time to sample the foods in L.A. that our characters would frequent for meetings, dates, etc. (Or an excuse to sample great foods)
Pink's was founded by Paul and Betty Pink in 1939 as a pushcart near the corner of La Brea and Melrose. The Great Depression was still having an impact on the country, and money was scarce. However, people could purchase a chili dog made with Betty's own chili recipe accompanied by mustard and onions on a steamed bun for 10 cents each. As business grew, thanks to Betty's chili and the custom-made Hoffy-brand hot dogs with their natural casings, so did Pink's. The family built the current building in 1946 at 709 North La Brea Avenue in the Fairfax District in West Los Angeles very close to Hollywood.
The food is fantastic, a great place for our PI, Skylar Drake, and his partner, Casey Dolan to stop for a bite to eat and to perhaps review a case.