About this Business
From Our Editors
There's something not entirely wholesome in the idea of a hot dog piled high with pineapple salsa, coleslaw, potato chips and mayonnaise. Or with mango and spicy Doritos. Or with jam, smoked ham, and swiss cheese, all clasped in a bun made of french toast. But it's hard to deny that all this gleeful excess is tons of fun. In that, Los Perros Locos (the name means "the crazy dogs") perfectly reflects its young owner's vision of Miami, the city that most competes with New York for his heart and stomach. It was there Alex Mitow discovered the messy and myriad Colombian hot dog, which can be cut into pieces, fried, and scattered atop loaded waffle fries to make salchipapas if it's not wedged into a bun—although it took a move to New York and a meeting with chef James van Girish to realize Los Perros Locos.
"This is not madness but logic: the age-old showdown of sweetness versus salt, crunch versus cream," wrote the New York Times' Ligaya Mishan after biting through the strata of the Pablo Escobar dog. There's logic, too, in the decor. Roller-disco-style signage, gallons of neon paint, and exposed brick highlight artworks such as a silk-screened mural sourced from a street-art collective frequently featured at Art Basel Miami. Naturally, it stays open late so that people can stumble in on their way home from the library.