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Pink's: 99 Essential Restaurants 2013 

Thursday, Feb 28 2013
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Go ahead and take off your food-snob shoulder chip for a few minutes and bask in the glorious silliness that is Pink's Famous Hot Dogs. Are these the best hot dogs in the world? No. They're not even the best in L.A., or in Hollywood. But they are a whole lot of fun, which is why people stand in that snaking line — morning, noon and night — to get their hands on one of the celebrity-named hot dogs or just a spicy Polish dog and some chili fries. (On the celeb front, the Huell Howser dog has two hot dogs, chili, cheese, mustard and onions on one bun; the Martha Stewart dog is a 10-inch Stretch Dog with relish, onions, bacon, chopped tomatoes, sauerkraut and sour cream.) The buns are soft, and the dogs are all snap and moosh — the absurdity is that neither holds up under toppings any more complex than ketchup and mustard. But there's plenty of fun in the mess that ensues. Hey, Pink's has been serving since 1939, and Hollywood wouldn't be the same without it. 709 N. La Brea Ave., Hlywd.; (323) 931-4223, pinkshollywood.com. Sun.-Thurs., 9:30 a.m.-2 a.m.; Fri. & Sat., 9:30 a.m.-3 a.m. Hot dogs $3.45-$6.25; burgers $3.95-$7.60. No alcohol.

 

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The 99 Essential Restaurants List:

A-Frame
Alma
Angelini Osteria
Animal
Attari Sandwich Shop
Bäco Mercat
Bar Amá
The Bazaar
Bestia
BierBeisl
Bludso's
Cacao Mexicatessen
Canelé
La Casita Mexicana
Cemitas Poblanas Elviritas
Chichen Itza
Chung King
Cole's
Coni'Seafood
Cube Cafe & Marketplace
Din Tai Fung
Eva
Father's Office
Fred 62
Gjelina
Golden Deli
Go's Mart
Il Grano
Guelaguetza
Guisados
Hatfield's
Ha Tien Quan
Hawkins House of Burgers
Hayat's Kitchen
El Huarache Azteca
Huckleberry
The Hungry Cat
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Jar
Jitlada
JTYH Heavy Noodle II
Kang Ho Dong Baekjong
Kiriko
Kiyokawa
Kogi Truck
Krua Siri
L&E Oyster Bar
Langer's
Little Dom's
Lucques
Ludo Truck
Lukshon
Mariscos Jalisco
Matsuhisa
Meals by Genet
Mélisse
Milo and Olive
Mo-Chica
Musso & Frank
Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa
Nickel Diner
Night + Market
Oinkster
Osteria Mozza
Pann's
Pa-Ord Noodle
El Parian
Park's BBQ
Philippe the Original
Picca
Pink's
Pizzeria Mozza
Playa
Pollo a la Brasa
Providence
R&R Soul Food
Ración
Red Medicine
Ricky's Fish Tacos
Rivera
Rocio's Moles de los Dioses
Salt's Cure
Sapp Coffee Shop
Savoy Kitchen
Sea Harbour
Shanghai No. 1 Village Seafood
Soban
Son of a Gun
Sotto
Spago
The Spice Table
Superba Snack Bar
Tacos Leo
The Tasting Kitchen
Tavern
Tsujita LA
Vincenti Ristorante
Wurstküche
Zam Zam Market

Reach the writer at brodell@laweekly.com

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