Love at first snap: Pink’s hotdogs now in Manila
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It’s been a while since I’ve had a real American hotdog from a hotdog stand. New York 1990s to be exact—so I was excited when Wildflour/Farmacy owner Ana de Ocampo invited me to a preview of Pink’s hotdogs at the Fort last Tuesday.


The aircon was being installed that day, so we sat outside, and it was great to see some friendly faces, I can’t tell you.

Standing from L-R: Tippi Tambunting, Ana de Ocampo, Bea Ledesma
Sitting: Jin Perez, Nicole Ortega, Michelle Tiangco, Irene Marcos Araneta

Best of all, it was lovely to meet the couple behind Pink’s: Richard and Gloria Pink—married for 45 years—who flew in from Los Angeles to celebrate the opening of their first store outside the United States.

Richard and Gloria Pink

Richard’s parents Paul and Betty Pink opened their first hotdog cart in Hollywood in 1939.
At that time, his parents were very poor and out of work. They sold hotdogs for 10 cents at the corner of La Brea and Melrose near Paramount and Universal Studios, and quickly became popular among actors looking for work.
Seventy nine years later, Pink’s remains a Hollywood legend. Just look at all these celebrities who love Pink’s.


One of their biggest fans is Golden Girls’ Betty White, who’s become a good friend of Richard and Gloria’s.

Betty White

It’s funny how they mentioned her as I ordered my very plain hotdog with just a bun. Bread are delivered fresh daily by Wildflour bakers, and the hotdog is juicy and snaps on on your first bite.
Richard said that’s exactly how Betty White likes it, and they call it “the naked hotdog”.

Richard holds my naked hotdog and Gloria has her beaded phone case, which is available at the store for about $15.


When Ana de Ocampo invites, we go. That’s because we are fans of her dining concepts Wildflour and Farmacy, which she co-owns with her sister Margarita who is married to Chef Walter Manzke, who owns and runs Republique and PettyCash in Los Angeles.

Walter Manzke

The talented chef is not only good in the kitchen—he also has an eye for design, having conceptualized interiors for Wildflour, Farmacy and Pink’s in Manila.
Pink’s Manila is designed as outdoor but indoor, since aircon is a must in our tropical climate—complete with old-school signboards, basketball ring, and a Kombi that will serve Farmacy ice cream and shakes.



Pink’s came to Manila by way of the friendship between the Pinks and the Manzkes who dine at each other’s restaurants.
“If there’s anyone I can trust with the recipes, it has to be Walter,” said Richard, whose father created the famous chili dog using all-beef and natural casing.


There are 35 kinds of hotdogs at Pinks, but the best ones were served by Richard himself.


Thanks for the love 🙂


Must come back for burgers and fries. My friends say the fries here are the best in Manila.
Pink’s is now open at One Bonifacio High Street Park, outside Shangri-La Hotel at the Fort.
For more information, follow them on Facebook.

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Joey Melliza

The BahnMi Hotdoog – wassssssss beyond awesome….


Marge Dizon

i really love Wildflour but was disappointed with the unsanitary practice of Pink’s in their open kitchen. They use their bare hands to mix and serve the fries and onion rings but the problem was the same kitchen crew also use their hands to eat some of the fries they serve as they place their hands (the same fingers mixing the fries and onion rings!) directly touching their mouth 🙁 And they just use paper towels to wipe their hands and their sweaty arms. This happened last Friday when the aircon was not cooperating as well 🙁 Hope they can… Read more »

Jay Lozada

Shet! Gusto ko ng hotdog, Pues, bukas na bukas din!



CVS Reply:

Open from 5 PM onwards. no lunch yet! ok?



Jay Lozada Reply:

That phone case is so kaka! Hahaha!



CVS Reply:

i have one!! :)))


We all loved Pink’s hotdog when we went last Saturday, but the toppings are really bitin, very far from the ones in the photo featured here. I was watching the kitchen staff & they literally just put one spoon of chili on a 7″ hotdog, a few pieces of chopped onion & one pinch of grated cheese (with bare hands, no gloves). The fries are really good but the best fries still goes to Elbert’s Sandwiches.