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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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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.
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