Betty White’s favorite meal at Pink’s Hot Dogs endures – and proceeds go to help animals
Betty White loved animals, and she loved Pink’s Hot Dogs. Now one will aid the the other.
The beloved Emmy-winning actress, who passed away on New Year’s Eve at the age of 99, enjoyed her favorite meal at the iconic Los Angeles hot stand unadorned — just meat and the bun.
Richard Pink, co-owner of Pink’s Hot Dogs, said the toppings-free “Betty White Naked Hot Dog” will remain on the menu “forever.” And for the next week, all proceeds from sales of the entree will go to the Los Angeles Zoo.
White was a well-known animal advocate, serving on the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association Board of Trustees. She was an inaugural member of the Board of Zoo Commissioners, according to the zoo’s website.
“She launched Pink’s Hot Dogs in City Walk in 2010 by eating a hot dog right in front of me,” said Pink, whose mother and father opened the famed stand in 1939.
“I said: ‘Betty, let me put some toppings on it,” he said. “And she said, ‘no, I like my hot dogs plain, just the beef, and the bun, I just like it naked,’” he added. She told him: “You can tell everybody that Betty White gets naked at Pink’s,” Pink laughed, recalling the actress’ one-of-a-kind sense of humor.
Pink added: “Betty would come to Pink’s after the Hollywood Bowl with her actor girlfriends and treat them to hot dogs in the dining room. They liked to get them with all the different toppings on them because we have 40 different hot dogs on our menu, but Betty just liked to get them plain, and that’s how she wanted it, nothing on it.”
An un-topped dog is quite unusual at Pink’s, which has been located at 709 N La Brea Avenue for decades.
More common are such decadently adorned items as:
- The Gustavo Dudamel Dog, a 9″ stretch hot dog topped with guacamole, American and Swiss cheese, grilled vegetables, jalapeños and five tortilla chips; and
- The Ozzy Spicy Dog, a spicy Polish dog, with nacho cheese, American cheese, grilled onions, guacamole and chopped tomatoes.
White was a TV star for seven decades and is best known for her Emmy-winning roles on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Golden Girls.”
On Friday afternoon, flowers were placed on White’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6747 Hollywood Blvd. Her star is next to that of Allen Ludden, her late husband and the former host of the game show “Password.”
“Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever,” Jeff Witjas, White’s agent and longtime friend, said in a statement to People magazine.
“I will miss her terribly and so will the animal world that she loved so much. I don’t think Betty ever feared passing because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband, Allen Ludden. She believed she would be with him again.”
White’s agent said on Monday that the late TV icon “died of natural causes” on New Year’s Eve, shooting down rumors her death at age 99 was connected to a COVID-19 booster shot.
“Betty died peacefully in her sleep at her home. People are saying her death was related to getting a booster shot three days earlier but that is not true,” Witjas said.
White died just 17 days shy of her 100th birthday, in her Brentwood home in the 500 block of North Carmelina Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
To donate to the Los Angeles Zoo: https://lazoo.wedid.it/