Pink’s Hot Dogs
One of the great reasons to visit Las Vegas is to eat extravagantly, and while a fine dining experience at one of the many restaurants in the resorts can make for a lovely night out, sometimes you can find a unique meal at the casinos without spending much money. Such is the case with Pink's Hot Dogs at its location along the Las Vegas Strip.
Located on the walkway in front of the Planet Hollywood hotel, Pink's Hot Dogs has a "Hollywood" connection beyond its Vegas location, too. The first Pink's was opened in Los Angeles (aka Hollywood) in 1939 and has become an LA landmark. Having lasted 70+ years and with condiment/hot dog combinations named for various celebrities, it's a destination on many tours of that famous city where movie stars are made.
In Las Vegas, though, you won't find names of stars of the silver screen on the menu, but instead you'll see the "Vegas Strip Dog" with 2 dogs in one bun. Now, I'm not sure exactly what that's supposed to mean, but it's just one of the many premade combinations available.
Also on the menu, "The Showgirl Dog." It has relish, onions, bacon, chopped tomatoes, sauerkraut, and sour cream. Jamie got it with a veggie dog and no tomatoes, but I opted for the "Planet Hollywood Dog" substituting a 1/4 pound turkey dog instead of the Polish sausage. The massive wiener was covered with grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, 3 strips of bacon, and nacho cheese. To say it tasted unhealthy would be an understatement : it was deliciously, sinfully over the top, and that's why you come to Las Vegas! I ate it full well knowing that it might come back to haunt me, but the combination of the flavors was so gluttonously decadent that I finished the whole thing.
Other menu items include the "Bacon Burrito Dog" with 2 hot dogs, 2 slices of cheese, 3 strips of bacon, chili, and onions all wrapped in a flour tortilla, and "The Spicy Mojave Dog" which is a Polish sausage smothered with nacho cheese, jalapenos, grilled onions, guacamole, and tomatoes. You can, of course, opt for classics like a chili cheese dog or even just a plain hot dog at Pink's. Hamburgers and french fries round out the menu, too, if you're just not in the mood for a hot dog and you're dining with friends who are.
Don't expect to just grab a frank in a bun and continue your exploration of the Las Vegas Strip, though. Most of the menu items are far messier than your typical baseball park hot dog, and we even ate ours primarily with a knife and fork (although I did pick it up and eat it the usual way, too, just to see if it could be done). You'll find several tables outside along the sidewalk seating area (where you can watch folks walking down the Strip), but be sure to grab plenty of napkins. Your people watching will be repeatedly interrupted by trying to make sure each bite has all the different toppings of your selected choice and by keeping the food off your face and clothes. It's a mess, but what a great tasting mess!
Pink's Hot Dogs at Planet Hollywood is a nice break from the ordinary, and with nothing on the menu over $8.99, it won't break the bank.
At Planet Hollywood
On The Las Vegas Strip
10AM to Midnight Daily (Closes At 3AM On Fridays & Saturdays)