100 Favorite Dishes, No. 65: Brian Luscher's Post Oak Red Hot
To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.
It just may be the best hot dog you've ever tasted.
The hot dog will never be the same. Seriously, every machine-pressed, synthetically cased, mass-produced hot dog you've ever eaten is about to be thoroughly destroyed the second you're handed a Luscher's Post Oak Red Hot. You don't even have to take a bite, you just know your hot dog experience is going to be epic the second you lay your eyes on that slender, wrinkled link.
That natural casing toughens up as it cooks on the grill and yields with a satisfying snap to reveal coarsely ground, intensely seasoned beef. The tubesteak might be good enough on its own, but Brian Luscher decides to throw everything in the hand-crafted, hot dog accouterments arsenal at these things, starting with a locally baked bun.
The bread is pillow-soft and glossy and lightly dusted with the black poppy seeds that are the hallmark of Chicago's greatest street food. It's lapped with hand-made mustard and sprinkled with diced onions and tomatoes, and because that's not enough a couple of pickled cucumbers are tucked along the side and a single pickled chili is laid on top.
Fatty meat with a garden's-worth of bright, acidic vegetables makes for happy hot dog eating and if you have one of these your hot dog cookouts at home will seem a little stale in comparison. Good thing for you, you can pick up a package of red hots to cook for yourself at the Green Grocer. You can grab some of Luscher's mustard too.
No. 100: Pastrami Egg Rolls at Blind Butcher
No. 99: Chicken-fried Steak at Tom's Burgers and Grill
No. 98: Pasta with Uni Butter at Nonna
No. 97: Camarón en Agua Chile at La Palapas
No. 96: The Wings at Lakewood Landing
No. 94: Chicken Kebab at Afrah
No. 93: Trompo Tacos at Bachman Lake
No. 92: Fish and Chips at 20 Feet
No. 91: Canelés at Village Baking Co.
No. 90: Banh Mi from La Me
No. 88: The Burgers at Off-Site Kitchen
No. 87: The White Album at Spoon
No. 86: Ramen at Tei An
No. 85: Tacos at Revolver Taco
No. 84: Stuffed Chicken Wings at Sakhuu
No. 83: Korean Fried Chicken at Bonchon
No. 82: Grilled Branzino at Tei Tei Robata
No. 81: The Toddfather at Cattleack Barbecue
No. 80: The Biryanis at Chennai
No. 79: Shish Tawook at Qariah
No. 78: Arepes at Zaguan
No. 77: Goat Momo at Everest Restaurant
No. 76: Steak Tartar at Gemma
No. 75: Escabeche at Joyce and Gigi's
No. 74: Spicy Fish in Oil at Royal Sichuan
No. 73: Pupusas at La Pasadita
No. 72: The Kathi Roll at Simply Dosa
No. 71: The Chicken Wings at Teppo
No. 70: Cheesesteak at Truck Yard
No. 69: Chicken and Waffles at Jonathon's
No. 68: Birria Tacos at Los Torres Taqueria
No. 67: Bulgogi Cheesesteak at Say Kimchi
No. 66: Suadero Tacos at La Banqueta