Iconic Hollywood hot dog eatery expands to Oahu

Pink’s Hot Dogs, the long-celebrated Hollywood hot dog stand, opened a new outlet on the east coast of Oahu at Sea Life Park March 7.  

The legendary brand, which dates back to a small hot dog stand launched on the corner of La Brea and Melrose in Hollywood in 1939, has a number of outlets in California today as well as locations in Las Vegas and Ohio. The new Sea Life Park restaurant on Oahu will have service windows both inside and outside the park, so diners can enjoy a Pink’s meal without paying admission.

Visitors can try two new signature Hawaii creations at the Oahu location, which is the first and only Pink’s in the Islands. The Famous Hawaiian is a 9-inch grilled hot dog, topped with teriyaki sauce, coleslaw and fresh Dole pineapple. Or there’s a concoction created by celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis called the Makapu‘u Mama Mia, which is also a 9-inch dog, this time with sauteed peppers, onions, mushrooms, chopped tomato and shredded mozzarella cheese.

“Anyone who’s had a Pink’s hot dog knows there’s something special about it,” Valerie King, Sea Life Park’s general manager, said in a statement. “Pink’s is a household name in Hollywood, and we’re excited to bring some of that glamour and tastiness to our shores.”

The new location, which will also feature Polish dogs, hamburgers and Pink’s signature chili, offers visitors exploring east Oahu’s beaches another dining option on their drive back to hotels in Waikiki.

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