Pink's - Los Angeles, CA
How does a hot dog stand end up as one of America's most iconic restaurants? Don't ask me -- ask the millions of people who've stood in line there at 2AM braving all sorts of car fumes and hunger pangs just for a taste. Given it opened in 1939, the celebrities who frequent Pink's have changed considerably -- from Orson Welles and Marlon Brando to Jay Leno and Martha Stewart. All the while, the secret recipe has remained the same: great chili dogs with all sorts of stuff piled on top such as pastrami, cole slaw and even bacon before bacon was on top of everything (including this keyboard as I type).
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