Los Angeles, CA
Maybe it's just that I didn't grow up in LA, but I just don't get Pink's. I'm all for tradition, but Pink's just doesn't measure up to its reputation. I can only chalk up the rabid allegience that people have to Pink's to misplaced sentimentality. I canmanage the long lines no problem. It's even a little exciting to wait in anticipation. But when you get to the front of the line, it's the food that just doesn't cut it -- and that's what counts! For example, their gloppy "family recipe" chili is -- according to one of the workers -- really just a thawed-out block of store-bought chili, thickened up with flour. Compare it to the chili at Skooby's or The Stand and you'll never want this mush again. (It's surprising what you can learn with a few friendlyquestions!) If there's that little care in their most popular product, imagine what's going on with the tons of other items down lower on their menu -- which all seem to be combinations of the same frozen and fried ingredients.