Extraterrestrial Snacks at Alien Fresh Jerky!

Driving from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, you don’t really have many places where you can stop for gas or food. The farther you get from LA, the most desolate the drive becomes.

And then you see it…the little town of Baker, rising out of the desert like a fast-food oasis. Of all the places to stop on the drive to Vegas (and by that I mean like the four cities you pass during the 3+ hour drive, length of journey depending on what part of LA you are coming from and how bad traffic is), this is my favorite. It feels like a nice halfway point. Plus Baker has something the other cities don’t: Alien Fresh Jerky!!

Selling fresh and delicious beef jerky and other assorted snacks in an extra-terrestrial themed shop, Alien Fresh Jerky is a must-see stop out in the California desert.

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Gotta love the parking signs!

There are lots of fun alien photo-ops in the parking lot…

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We come in peace

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If you throw a few quarters into the UFO, you get a little show. Seriously, do it. It is hilariously bad and anti-climatic.

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Being underwhelmed and confused by the UFO show…awesome hehe

But the best part of course is the jerky itself. They have lots of unique and interesting flavors, and you can sample as much as you want before buying anything. And the samples are self-serve, which I love, because I always feel so awkward asking employees for more samples.

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This is seriously the best beef jerky you will find in the state of California.

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My favorite flavor- Colon Cleaner Hot!!

Sure, you could stop at a regular fast-food restaurant or mini-mart for snacks on the road, but stopping for alien fun and deliciously amazing jerky at Alien Fresh Jerky is so much better!

And since you are stopping in Baker for Alien Fresh Jerky, while you are there be sure to look across the street…Baker is also home to the World’s Tallest Thermometer!

If you never find yourself passing through Baker but still want to try this amazing jerky, visit their online store.

The Original Pink’s Hot Dogs

Los Angeles is an epicenter of culinary delights. Literally anything you want to eat, you can find here. But if someone visiting from out of town wanted to know what restaurant they absolutely cannot miss, I would tell them to go to Pink’s Hot Dogs. This family-run hot dog stand first opened in 1939 and has since grown into an internationally recognized Hollywood landmark. Frequented by celebrities, the late-night club crowd, and well, basically anyone living around Los Angeles, Pink’s is the quintessential Hollywood dining experience.

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Famous for their epic hot dogs piled high with creative topping combinations, huge portions and reasonable prices (almost everything on the menu is less than $10), a visit to Pink’s is definitely worth braving the LA traffic. Pink’s does have a small parking lot behind the hot dog stand with complimentary valet parking (yes, using the valet is mandatory if you want to park in the lot. Otherwise, you can try to find street parking).

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Be prepared for a possibly long line. Every time I have been there, the wait was at least 20+ minutes. Once again, totally worth it though. They have paper menus printed out and sitting on the counter…grab one to look over while you wait and know what you want to order before you reach the front.

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I ordered the “Brando” hot dog on my most recent visit. Most of their hot dogs are named after celebrities who have dined at Pink’s or movie titles. Definitely adds to the Hollywood experience.

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When you get to the front of the line, one of the servers will take your food order and then begin to prepare it for you, while you move on to the register to pay. They also sell sodas in glass bottles and Pink’s souvenirs (cash and credit cards accepted).

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My feast!!

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And then a close-up on that beautiful and wonderful hot dog:

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Perfection. Seriously, you can’t find a better hot dog anywhere.

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Pink’s Hot Dogs is located at 709 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038
Daily Hours: Sunday – Thursday 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. Friday & Saturdays 9:30 a.m. until 3:00 a.m.