*Editor’s Note: I’m sad to report that this restaurant is no longer open.
What’s the craziest meal you’ve ever had in New York? I know, there’s many types of crazy meals, whether it involves something outside your comfort zone like organ meat or a perhaps it’s a meal served in pure darkness. But, I’m talking about a different kind of crazy. The kind that makes you stop at ask what kind of clinically insane person thought up the menu. The kind that makes you actually utter ‘what the fuck’ out loud. Well, this is it. This is some of the most out-there food I’ve found in NYC and honestly, I don’t know anywhere else in the US quite like it either. Even the name of the shop foreshadows the wackiness to come. Welcome to Los Perros Locos. If you haven’t already guessed, they served over-the-top hot dog varieties.
The shop is located on Allen Street, a mere block from the chaotic alcohol fueled nightlife on the Lower East Side. Sure, the Lower East Side has plenty of popular spots for drunks to refuel their booze-addled bodies, but in my mind, nothing really fits the bill better than Los Perros Locos. There’s a neon graffiti urban skate-punk vibe, high energy music, and cheap delicious food perfect for keeping the momentum going during a night out.
For this visit, I arrived with Greg, a friend from out of town, just after 1 PM. Sober. I will warn, this meal is not for the faint of heart or, well, the clogged arteries of heart. Between the two of us, we ordered three fully loaded dogs, an order of waffle fries, and two imported Latin American beers to wash it all down. Yes, this is going to be epic.
Los Perros Locos is a Colombian style hot dog shop. For the uninitiated, Colombian style hot dogs are a staple of the Medellin clubbers’ evening. They are often loaded up with a large variety of condiments and toppings that may be familiar to Americans, but never would be considered for a hot dog. I know you’re all probably very familiar with the other popular NYC late-night hot dog spots like Grey’s Papaya, Papaya King, and Papaya Dog or even the more unusual hot dogs spots like Crif Dog and Japadog, but even those can’t compare to what they’re doing at Los Perros Locos.
First let’s look at the menu and talk about all of the different toppings you could possibly have on your dog. They include: rosada sauce, verde sauce, ChipZanna sauce, ajillo sauce, piña sauce, spicy mango mojo sauce, sriracha pico de gallo, Aguilla honey mustard, aji panca aioli, chipotle kraut, deep fried bacon cubes, cebolla dulce-picante, soft-boiled quail eggs, melted mozzarella, and cheddar. Yeah, that’s a lot of options, and most of the menu presets involve many or most of them all at once. However, there’s one key ingredient I haven’t yet mentioned. The signature topping for Colombian style dogs is crumbled potato chips. Yup, this is post-clubbing munchies perfection.
Greg started with the Amero-Perro Dog, a dish that I have had and loved during a previous visit. Though I didn’t eat it this time, I can certainly vouch for it. Their rendition of chili, loaded with beer and cocoa, is pretty awesome especially when combined with crumbled Fritos, shredded Vermont cheddar, chipotle kraut, and ChipZana sauce.
I, on the other hand, begin with the “Los Perros Más Perfecto”. If you look at the top of the menu, third item down, you’ll see it. It indicates that it takes everything from the two items above it (No Típico and Con Todo) and then throws even more stuff right on top. This hot dog comes fully loaded and is really overflowing with crushed Lay’s chips and ‘cinco salsas’ including piña, ajillo, rosada, verde, ChipZana as well as melted mozzarella, apple chipotle slaw, quail eggs, and deep fried bacon cubes. Seriously. It sounds like a lot and it really is, but I’ll be damned if I didn’t enjoy every last sloppy bite of it.
Between the two of us, we also split an order of waffle fries. As if you didn’t already see it coming, they are no ordinary waffle fries. We has Salchipapas Ultimas which come fully loaded with deep fried hot dog, salsa rosada, salsa verde, tricolor marble potatoes, crumbled chorizo, fried bacon, ChipZana, soft-boiled quail eggs, and why not, a handful of chicharrónes. I think it’s safe to say, while they have a very similar flavor profile to my hot dog, it’s also absolutely incredible.
Finally, we split one more dog between us, the Spicy Spicy Mango. This hot dog comes topped with spicy mango mojo, melted mozzarella, and crushed hot Doritos. This one may sound more restrained than the other things we ate, but it’s just as bold and delicious as the others. No, they were not kidding about spicy! This thing kicks really hard, but also has a pleasant amount of mango sweetness for contrast and balance. It’s another winner.
So if you’re on the Lower East Side and are feeling a little crazy, feeling a lot hungry, and are possibly a bit drunk, Los Perros Loco will hook you up. It’s hard to miss with anything on the menu and you’ll certainly be in for an interesting experience without breaking the bank.
Los Perros Locos
201 Allen St. New York, NY 10002