Last year when I was in Las Vegas for Affiliate Summit West 2011, I stopped at Pink's Hot Dogs, located in the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino.
I stopped in again this year, this time with my video camera and Ron Opher- the Philly Phanatic.
We were greeted by Dave Shapin, the General Manager of Pink's Las Vegas. Dave's a food industry veteran of 25 years and has been running the Las Vegas shop for the two and a half years it's been open. He gave us a little Pink's history and set us up on the nickle tour of the joint.
The menu offers a plethora of options.
The Las Vegas version of Pink's Wall of Fame is growing. The original Pink's in LA is located near the movie studios and has had tons of famous actors visit and leave photos for the wall of fame. The Vegas wall has some catching up to do, but it's nice to see the tradition carrying on.
Pink's won another Best of Las Vegas in 2010. It was voted Best New Restaurant in 2009.
Line cook, Darrel, gave us the run down on kitchen operations.
He was very friendly, but he couldn't be persuaded to give up Pink's chili recipe!
Ron got a Planet Hollywood- a polish sausage with grilled mushrooms and onions, bacon and mustard. He also got the chili fries so he could experience Pink's famous chili sauce.
Pink's uses Hoffy Franks, "Hollywood’s Original Hot Dog Stand Beef Frankfurter," as their hot dog of choice. I got the classic Pink's Chili Dog- what many folks would call a Coney Island Dog- topped with chili, onions and mustard. I also went for some onion rings and a diet coke.
We found a seat in the dining room and then it was time to....
Pinks serves excellent hot dogs and the chili is the tops. Even though the joint is only a few years old, its ties to the 73 year old Hollywood Landmark give it that iconic feel. Definitely
TWO THUMBS UP!
Dave bid us a warm goodbye and we were on our way.
When you're on the Vegas strip and you're looking for a good, quick meal, head on over to Pink's and make sure you tell them "the Hotdogman sent me."