In 1939, when Betty and Paul Pink borrowed $50 to buy a hot-dog cart, the couple never could have imagined they had just started a Hollywood institution. But soon after its founding -- when hot dogs sold for 10 cents each and drinks cost a nickel -- the business became so successful that the duo traded in their cart for a small building (constructed in the same spot the cart had previously occupied). Today, nearly 70 years later, the business is still family owned and operated, and serves up to 2,000 hot dogs daily (an average of about one dog per second) to everyone from locals to tourists to international glitterari.
According to Gloria Pink, Paul and Betty's daughter-in-law, producer-mogul Aaron Spelling and the cast of the "West Wing" regularly ordered Pink's hot dogs for delivery to their sets, and passers-by are willing to wait in line for up to 45 minutes to place their orders for guacamole-topped hot dogs, bacon dogs, jalapeno dogs, or old-fashioned chili dogs (the latter a favorite of Orson Welles, who holds the record for most chili dogs consumed in a single sitting: 18). In honor of Martha's visit, Pink's added another delicious dog to the menu: the Martha Stewart -- a 10-inch frankfurter topped with mustard, relish, tomato, onion, sauerkraut, bacon, and sour cream.
Visit pinkshollywood.com or stop by their store:
709 N. La Brea Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90038