At first glance (and second… and third…), the newish Los Perros Locos, specializing in Colombian hot dogs, looks like just another drunk-food joint, all you need to know, done. The menu is filled with crazy, kitchen-sink concoctions (several include crushed Fritos; most have at least two kinds of sauce) called things like the “Pablo Escobar” and the “Loisaaaaiiiiida!”. It’s located on Allen Street, just south of Houston, in prime party-zone territory. And the atmosphere fairly screams “Sprang Breaaak”, what with the neon, graffiti-esque mural by UR New York on the wall. If it’s not 1:30 in the morning, or you don’t have the munchies, why bother, right?
Los Perros Locos is Quality, and Quick
Well, wrong. Los Perros Locos definitely has all the ingredients for a supremely satisfying late night snack–and, by the way, nothing wrong with that–but as silly as it all seems, the food here is actually more subtle and balanced than you might imagine. The owners of Los Perros Locos clearly care about the quality of ingredients, and, at least when I stopped in for an early dinner the other night, the kitchen took the time and put some effort into assembling my dishes, so it wasn’t just all a mountain of glop. In fact, it was quite good, and the most instantly craveable meal I’ve had in a while.
Unique and Flavorful Combinations are Served at Los Perros Locos
From the “Los Perros” part of the menu I had the Amerro-Perro, billed as “the best chili dog in todo el Mundo”, which, granted, isn’t much a brag, but they might be right. Just to give you an idea of the loco-ness here, this is an all-beef hot dog topped with beer and cocoa infused beef chili, shredded Vermont cheddar, chipotle kraut, crushed Fritos, and creamy chipotle apple “ChipZana” sauce. That’s a lot of flavors, but it works. My El Nino Loco perro was simple by comparison–ONLY Kraft mac and cheese, Fritos, and ketchup graced this little number–but it was also pretty great.
Leave Room for Side Dishes and Dessert!
Finally, as a “side” dish I waded right in to the Salchipapas section of the Los Perros Locos menu, which takes that South American street-food staple–fries mixed with hot dogs–and adds more things than you would think possible, or desirable, for $4.50: thick waffle fries, hot dog pieces, two types of salsa. tiny tricolor marble potatoes, chorizo chunks, bacon bits, plus, of course, some more of that ChipZana. Amazingly, even though I wolfed down every last bite of all three items, somehow it wasn’t even much of a belly bomb. Next time, though, I’m just getting just one Perro, saving room for dessert: a Cuatro Leches Churro, “infused with tres leches, drizzled with dulce de leche.”
Los Perros Locos is located on Allen Street, just south of Houston, on the Lower East Side, and is open Sunday through Thursday from 12:00 noon until 2:30 a.m., and on Friday and Saturday until 4:30 a.m. More info and the complete Los Perros Locos menu, here.