Pink’s Hot Dogs
Pink’s Hot Dogs at Planet Hollywood
3663 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Restaurant Type: Hot Dogs
Vegas4Visitors Rating: A-
At a Glance
What is it?
LA’s famous franks come to Vegas.
Where is it?
At Planet Hollywood on the Center Strip.
What kind of food is served?
Mainly hot dogs piled high with exciting toppings, but a few burgers and other items as well.
What is the atmosphere like?
It’s an ordering stand and a few outdoor tables so there really isn’t atmosphere.
How is the service?
What are the prices like?
What else do I need to know?
Don’t wear anything you don’t want to spill stuff on.
What’s the bottom line?
Maybe not the best hot dogs in the world but pretty darned close.
Although there are certainly some negative aspects to living in Los Angeles, there are lots of positives as well. The weather. The beach. Pink’s.
Pink’s hot dogs are legendary in LA. In business since 1939 and served out of a tiny, ramshackle shack on La Brea Avenue, the dogs served here have such a devoted following that there are usually lines down the block at lunchtime. Now you can get the famous franks in Las Vegas with only their second full outlet, located along The Strip at Planet Hollywood. The lines aren’t as long yet, but you may still have to practice patience.
The thing that makes these hot dogs so special are not the dogs themselves. While good – all-beef with a juicy “snap” when you bite into them – it is the stuff they put on top of them that makes them so notable. You have all the usual suspects including a fantastic chili (more meaty than spicy), relish, mustard, and the like but from there the sky is almost the limit with options like bacon, BBQ sauce, pastrami and Swiss, nacho cheese and jalapeno peppers, guacamole, sauerkraut and sour cream, and much more. It’s all piled so high that eating them becomes a challenge and it turns the experience of eating a hot dog into a big, messy adventure.
There are plenty of other options beyond dogs including burgers, burritos (with hot dogs in them), and a turkey dog if you have beef objections, but that would sort of be like going to a Mexican restaurant and ordering chicken lo mein.
It’s amazingly cheap, too. There most expensive thing on the menu is the Polish bacon burrito dog (a tortilla stuffed with a Polish sausage, bacon, cheese, chili, and onions) and that is under $10. Choose one of the less crazy options, throw in a giant, shareable basket of fries or onion rings and a soda and you can do the whole thing for about $10 per person easy.
It’s worth noting that just like the Los Angeles original there is no proper dining room at the Las Vegas location – just a few tables on an outdoor patio that are usually full at meal times.
- Planet Hollywood