Chef Brian Luscher Is on a Red Hot Streak

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The cheeseburger chef Brian Luscher serves at Sunday brunch at The Grape on Lower Greenville was anointed the Greatest Burger in Texas, and he dishes up cozy comfort food to hundreds of devoted Dallas diners each week. That hasn't gone to his head.

But he is looking to grow. Although the city of Dallas thwarted his first attempt to open a permanent place to sell his Post Oak Red Hots, Luscher isn't discouraged. I sat down to talk with him about his foray into the cured meats business, his love of East Dallas and just how he feels about chefs who take themselves too seriously.

How did you get in the hot dog-making business?
About two years ago, Chad Houser, the Cafe Momentum guy, and his wife managed the White Rock Local Market. She asked Chad and I and a few other chefs to do a demo, and it was in my neighborhood, so I thought it was cool. I got there and saw the beautiful produce, fresh baked bread, candles, local cheeses, an incredible array of groceries, but there was nothing to eat.

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Glazed Donut Works Made a Conan Donut

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Glazed Donut Works
It's a busy week in Big D. In addition to Opening Day, there's the Big Texas Beer Festival, the Final Four and Big Red is in town too. That's Conan O'Brien, whose big hair wouldn't be a big deal if he were a permanent resident. But he's not, so it is.

Glazed Donuts in Deep Ellum is having a little fun with that big hair too. They've made a new concoction for Team Coco (the insider's term for Conan) that has a striking similarity.

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Your 2014 Guide to Eating in Arlington Before and After Texas Rangers Games

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Dino's in Arlington
Each year we dust off our mitts and head over to great temple in Arlington to stuff our faces with two-yard hot dogs and the like. At this time, we also like to look at what's going on in the Arlington food scene for pre- or post-game eating. There've been some comings and goings.

Three new-ish restaurants at UTA College Park have already closed: Digg's Taco Shop, GRIP Mediterranean Grill and Pho Express. The college kids and other passerbys just couldn't sustain all three restaurants (despite record enrollment). Also, last summer, we lost an old Arlington haunt, J.R. Bentley's English Pub, to a fire. However, their Facebook page reports that they're aiming for a mid-April reopening. The Capital, which was a music venue and bar, originally out of Fort Worth, has already closed.

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Introducing the Choomongous, the Rangers' Latest Player-Inspired Ballpark Food

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There are a few new names we all need to get familiar with before the Rangers' season officially begins on April 1. In addition to Globe Life Park, Shin-Soo Choo, J.P. Arencibia, there's one more you're going to want to write on your cheat-sheet: Choomongous.

Metroplex Sportservice, which manages the concessions and foods for the temple formerly known as Rangers Ballpark, has been busy this offseason scouring the universe for more insane menu ideas. We applaud the results. Continuing with the theme of more-is-more in ballpark food, they've once again created a player-inspired hot dog meal that requires a special handling permit.

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How Food Trucks and Craft Beer Helped Each Other on Their Way to Helping Dallas

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Easy Slider and LDD
Imagine a nice spring day, sipping a beer mere feet from the tanks in which it was brewed -- perhaps across the table from the brewer -- devouring the remnants of a meal from a food truck just yards away. No chains. No multi-national conglomerations. Everything conceived, contrived, made and delivered by people in the community, for the community. It's like those big feasts from hundreds of years ago that brought people together, except with considerable less chance of being killed by a drunk with a morningstar.

Craft beer and food trucks are kindred spirits of sorts. Both businesses are fueled by an entrepreneurial spirit, a lot of heavy lifting and a bit of gumption. And it seems clear that locally their successes have been mutually beneficial.

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The Top 10 Super Bowl Commercials Starring Food: 2014 Edition


Would you believe that if you had a dollar for every Dorito consumed on Super Bowl Sunday you'd have enough money to buy a spot during halftime? Sure you'd believe it. But I just made that shit up. Folks eat up statistics about Super Bowl ad spend, but do they eat up the foods advertised during the game? Beats me. That's not really the point. The point is ... America, apparently. So much America. And hashtags. Hashtags are the real winners this year, folks.

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Hypnotic Wants You to Dash for Their Doughnuts, Then Wash Them Down with DEBC's New Coffee Ale

Scott Reitz
We hope you've been training for the second annual Hypnotic Donut Dash 5K, particularly the Chubby Bunny doughnut-hole eating contest. And the beer. We're not "hopeful" there, we have faith. We "know." It's the sixth sense we subsist on, actually.

Below are the pertinent details, broken out in doughnut-hole points. You're welcome. (See. Sixth sense.)

• The 5K (just a tad over 3 miles) is inside the Centennial Building at Fair Park, this Saturday, January 25 at 8:30 a.m.

• There are seven, five or three opportunities to eat doughnuts along the route, depending on what you read. Let's just say there are a "hole bunch" of eating opportunities.

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The Five Worst Foods to Be Stuck in the House with During the Icepocalypse

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Last Thursday evening the empty grocery store shelves told the story of our fear of being stuck at home without copious amounts of food. The basics went first -- bread, milk, meat -- but rest assured bags of chocolate chips, brown sugar and heavy cream were also slim pickings.

Barricaded in our homes by our fear of ice, the natural thing to do was start eating. And only stop when it hurts. And, boy, did it. It's days like these that we get a quick reminder of how miserable food can make us. There are certain dishes that are worse, though. Those that seem to expand in our stomach and fill our blood stream with tiny balls of regret. The sweatpants of food.

Following are the biggest food offenders. If you have some of your personal favorites, please share in the comments.

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11 Dark Bars to Hide in After You're Stuffed: The 2013 Guide

Jay Barker
The Windmill Lounge
OK, turkey revelers, it's about time for elastic pants, pie and plates of regret. But, before we get too deep in the holiday mood, let's pull back a little. Don't hit the season too hard. Walk in softly. After hours of being stuffed like a turkey in a small house with your bestest relatives, it's totally natural to feel the need to escape get a little fresh air.

So, we've put together a list of the best dark bars to hide in, which are all Hark-the-Herald-Angels-Sing open on Thanksgiving!

Good news, this list is even better than last year's. Yeah 2013! There are some newbies and a few classics. Bless them.

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The Most Disgusting Foods Ever Encountered by Some of Dallas' Best Chefs

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Chef Braden Wages of Maiai Kitchen eating something crazy somewhere. Probably a scorpion. Or a bee. Or snake.
We asked a handful of North Texas chefs about the worst things they've ever eaten, found in the back of the walk-in or basically anything that induced a gag reflex or created a stench that permanently singed their nostrils.

Braden Wages of Malai Kitchen has traveled extensively, and so we asked him for his greatest hits. Number two takes the cake of all cakes. (He sent a picture, but it's too gross to run.)

"We had grilled bees for a snack in Laos. They grill the bee hive (with live bees) until they are dead or partially dead, then you eat them. You can remove the stinger before eating, which is cool. However, they really go for a medium-rare with the grilling, so the legs are still moving a little. We had just come from a place where they make rice moonshine called 'Lao Lao' so my judgment may have been a little impaired."

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