Introducing ‘Overrated’: A New Column! (Magnolia and Pink’s Bite)

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Just in time for the temporary closing (less than 24 hours) of Magnolia Bakery—for health code violations (minimum of 2 sinks; they only had one)—this is our first installment of “Overrated,” where we ponder on the popularity of certain bars, stores, restaurants, and nightclubs, and provide an alternative to places where sheep wait in line for hours to get something that isn’t as good as its Zagat and populist write-ups. Case in point, Magnolia’s. Maybe it’s a given, but when are cupcake lovers going to stop giving this place business? OK, so we like the banana pudding fine on a cold and wintry night, chased with a hot chocolate, but people—please! Aforementioned Out of the Kitchen! has a great bread pudding, for one, and elsewhere, you can go to Podunk (231 E 5th St) for superior cupcakes, sans the Disney World lines. And on the West Coast, we often drive down La Cienega Boulevard at like midnight or even 10 a.m., and pass Pink’s hot dog stand, scratching our heads. First off, who the hell wants a messy hot dog at midnight? What about all those drive-in burger joints, where you don’t even have to get out of the car (see Paris Hilton). Secondly, Carney’s—located on Sunset Boulevard in the old train car—is so much incredibly better. The chile is mushy-delicious. They have a beer happy hour. And the owners are normal people who actually seem to care about what they’re making. Their beef tacos are really good too. So, fuck Magnolia in Manhattan, and Pink’s in Hollywood, and stop letting them rest on their ancient laurels, OK? Photo by Sye Williams

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