Hot dog carts are a fixture outside clubs, events, and the bargain storefronts of L.A.’s Fashion District. The majority of these are Mexican and Central-American dogs, bacon-wrapped and spicy—greasy and drenched in enough sauce to lower your BAC. Every culture has some rendition of the hot dog but no one does it quite like South America, where big dogs loaded with a dizzying array of toppings give sustenance after a night of dancing and drinking. In Colombia, the perro caliente is king of the street food scene.
Mucho Perro sets up in front of Hollywood’s Bronson Bar on weekends where Mauricio Hoyos from Pereira, Colombia lovingly prepares four signature hot dogs for a majority Colombian clientele. He serves from a hot dog cart attached to a pick-up truck, whose bed serves as an al fresco street food lounge. Hoyos is a film director, screenwriter, and photographer that wanted to share something positive about Colombian culture while making some money on the side—he never thought he’d be working so soon on Hollywood sets (he caters movie sets), even if it’s behind a food cart and not behind the camera.
Mucho Perro offers a turkey, veggie, and chili-topped option as well as original beef. Each tasty mucho perro comes topped with crushed potato chips, chunks of pineapple, bacon, mozzarella cheese, and colorful stripes of ketchup, mustard, and homemade pink sauce (ketchup and mayo) and cilantro sauce. Hoyos may be the first socially conscious perro caliente vendor:“ I use organic ingredients when I can and switched to Kettle chips because I don’t want GMO’s on my hot dog,” says Hoyos. His mission is to shine a positive light on Colombian culture, which can pretty much can be had in the back of his truck by way of a delicious perro caliente and a group of attractive pereiranas (women from Pereira, Colombia) singing a long to some Carlos Vives. It’s Sunset Boulevard, but it could easily be Avenida 30 de Agosto on a Friday night in Pereira.
Mucho Perro, located at the Bronson Bar Friday and Saturday nights, 5851 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, 323-468-9154