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Screw You, Pink's! Make Line-Worthy Hot Dogs at Home

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Every time I’m driving up La Brea and I see that line of hungry hot-dog cravers snaking up the street, I gotta shake my head – seriously, people? You’d wait in that line? For a hot dog? And for Christ’s sake, where are all you people parking?

Don’t get me wrong – I love Pink’s as much as the next girl, and I’ve certainly indulged in my fair share of that famous chili cheesiness throughout the years. I also totally appreciate the fact that it’s a truly historic site, with its 65-year history of serving celebrities and commoners alike. I’ve even discovered the best time to go to avoid the queue is on a weekday, before 11 a.m. (Yes, hot dogs for breakfast. You got a problem with that?)

But any other hour of the week, I simply cannot muster the stamina to wait that long for a hot dog that frankly isn’t much better than what I could cook for myself at home. In fact, in the time it takes you to get through that gosh darned line, you could have gone to the store and bought yourself enough goodies to throw a whole hot dog party! In fact, why don’t you? And while you’re at it, why not put together some super tasty, unique gourmet-style dogs that you won’t see at Pink’s and impress all your friends while you’re at it? Soon they’ll be standing in line at your door, fouling up your street parking!

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Choose Your Weiner: Okay, okay, you could always just pop down to Ralph’s and pick up some beef Hebrew Nationals from the meat section. Or you could step it up and check out the Italian, Polish, and veal bratwurst kosher dogs at Jeff’s Gourmet Sausage and Deli Company on Pico, or the spicy merguez or apple chicken sausages from Surfas in Culver City.