Meet Juan Sebastian of Perros Locos

When Juan Sebastian Palafox decided to start a gourmet hot dog business he looked for a supplier. There wasn ́t one. So, Juan turned to YouTube. He found a tutorial and with the help of a KitchenAid food processor that his dad lent him, Perros Locos was born.

̈They ́re really more like the traditional bratwurst, ̈ explains Juan. He practiced, with the help of a chef friend, basing his first creations on the known bratwursts of the world. When he had something good he opened a stand in Versalles in 2014. It was an immediate success. A year later he applied to and was accepted to sell the frozen brats in the Olas Altas Farmers Market and the prepared brats in La Cruz.

He really had to step up the production. The old Kitchen Aid only made 30 brats in 3 hours. A friend of Juan ́s who had a butcher shop offered to sell him a grinder that had a tube for the casing. With the new machine Juan was able to make 300 brats in 3 hours.

Juan offers three flavors of brats. His biggest seller is the Panchofurter which is made with beef and smoked pork marinated in beer, chipotle, parmesan cheese, parsley, garlic and red onion. The Smoky Porky is made with pork and smoked bacon, roasted coffee beans, brown sugar, hickory, red bell pepper and cayenne pepper. The Mexabrosa is a 100% beef brat made with cheddar cheese, jalapeño, cilantro, onion and paprika. He also sells four flavors of French fries—the Classic with salt and pepper, Fresh Chopped Rosemary, Homemade Cajun Spices and Provenzal ̈Garlic-Parsely ̈.

You can find Juan at the Olas Altas Farmers Market on Saturdays, La Cruz on Sundays and at his newly- opened restaurant near the stadium, Perros Locos at the Dugout, Avenida de las Americas, local 6, where he is open from 3:00-11 pm. You can place an order at 553 666 7528 or juanse. palafox@gmail.com.

If you’re looking for the perfect spot to enjoy traditional Mexican crafts, live music and delicious artisan food, look no further than the Olas Altas Farmers Market. We offer over 90 booths of “Handmade and Homegrown” goodies as well as prepared foods such as tamales, tacos, homemade ice cream, paella, fish tacos, pozole, Indian food, empanadas, Thai food, gourmet hot dogs, vegan and vegetarian dishes and baked goods, all just steps away from the famous Los Muertos Beach.

You can also find musical instruments, soaps, jewelry, meat pies, cheese, leather bags, jams and jellies, blown glass, produce, herbs, honey, baklava, cigars, clothes, paper mache figures and fermented foods.

We’re open from 9:30 to 2:00 pm every Saturday from the first Saturday in November to the last Saturday in April. We’re located in the Lazaro Cárdenas Park in Vallarta’s Emiliano Zapata neighborhood. For only 20 pesos an hour, you can park in the garage directly beneath the park.