Brian Luscher

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    September 29, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 8: Moules Frittes at the Grape

    For last week's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we've been 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. Don't order the bistro-style mussels at The Grape, ever. The order is such a bore, and burdened ... More >>

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    September 9, 2014

    Brian Luscher Will Open a Chicago-Style Hot Dog Restaurant in Deep Ellum This Fall

    It's been more than a year since news first came out that Grape chef-owner Brian Luscher planned to open an eponymous restaurant in East Dallas. In July of last year, Luscher announced that he'd signed a lease on a building that previously housed a corner store on Gaston Avenue. Luscher promised his ... More >>

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    September 2, 2014

    How The Grape's Brian Luscher Smokes Brisket

    In "Shigging," we ask barbecue experts to give us some specifics about how they smoke their meats. In the spirit of barbecue secretiveness and competitiveness, they're allowed to lie once. This week I'm changing things up a little from the regular pit master path, and I'm asking Chef Brian C. Lusch ... More >>

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    July 23, 2014

    The Signature Dallas Dishes That Won't Die, and the Chefs Who Long to Kill Them

    Some embrace them. Some are torn between tolerance and abolition. Some take the perennial approach. Some don't let them come to pass. Whatever the case may be, all chefs have an opinion on, and a way of dealing with, signature dishes -- the kind of dish that has survived menu changes and eager ne ... More >>

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    July 16, 2014

    Why Dallas Restaurants Do (and Don't) Participate in DFW Restaurant Week

    Each summer, the restaurant business slows to a crawl as temperatures rival convection ovens and monied customers flee for Colorado. Some restaurateurs use the downtime to close their businesses and give their employees a breather. Some trim employee hours and do their best to make a profit through ... More >>

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    July 9, 2014

    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. The hot dog will never be the same. Seriously, every machine-pressed, synthetically cased, ... More >>

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    May 6, 2014

    The Favorite Tacos of Dallas' Chefs

    All week at City of Ate, we celebrate the magic of the taco. Check back for more interviews, essays and maybe a list or two. Or maybe four? In this week of all things tacos at the City of Ate, we queried local chefs on their favorite spots to land some tacos. Here's what they had to say: Oliver Si ... More >>

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    April 16, 2014

    Chef Brian Luscher Is on a Red Hot Streak

    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 D ... More >>

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    April 9, 2014

    Dallas' Car Culture Kept Brian Luscher from Selling, and You from Eating, a Magic Kolache

    While Mark Lamster, Patrick Kennedy and others debate how Dallas' car-centric design is crushing this city, I thought I'd take a brief moment to illuminate how our car addiction is keeping us from what may be the most delicious kolache ever created. Brian Luscher, chef-owner at The Grape, has been d ... More >>

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    September 11, 2013

    Taverna Rossa, the Pizzeria Whose Menu Was Crafted by Brian Luscher, Opens Today

    You knew all along that Grape owner Brian Luscher would go nuts if he just handed his kitchen over to his new executive chef Danyele McPherson and sat on his hands. Chefs work relentless hours, and you can't go from ridiculously busy to idle without insanity leaking in. See also: Brian Luscher To O ... More >>

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    July 15, 2013

    Dreaming of Brian Luscher's Italian Beef

    Last week while I was watching Antoine Cantarel and Clint Cooper blister flat breads in the parking lot outside Village Baking Co., Brian Luscher pulled into the lot and jumped out of his car. He was there for the same reason I was, to see if these two characters could conjure something delicious fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2013

    Brian Luscher To Open Luscher's in East Dallas

    News broke this morning on Culture Map that Brian Luscher has signed a lease on a restaurant space across the street from Elbow Room on Gaston Avenue. While the restaurant is still in its fetal stage (they've only just started renovations) Luscher concedes that his Post Oak Red Hots will be a part o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Bear Paws: A Kitchen Gadget Perfect for Cooks Without Forks or Fingers

    I get all sorts of news releases describing gadgets that promise to change a cook's life forever. I delete most of them after a quick look. Often the device can be easily duplicated with a more common kitchen device most of us already have on hand. Other times the tool looks like it will do more har ... More >>

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    April 12, 2013

    White Rock Local Market Features Two Chef Demos This Weekend

    I've been talking to a lot of farmers market types as of late. A recent interview with Tyler Horne, who's responsible for a small family of markets in Houston, illuminated the issue of the farmers market tourist. Sure, lots of us go to the markets on the weekends and pick up a coffee and croissant. ... More >>

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    March 18, 2013

    North Texas Taco Festival Books Top Shelf Taquerias and Some Notable Toques

    Last year taco blogger José Ralat-Maldonado announced his plans to host a pretty sizable taco party. This morning he released more details about the event, and things are starting to look good. Taquerias serving up tacos at the event include El Tizoncito, Velvet Taco, Rusty Taco, Revolver Taco Lou ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    There's a New Tumblr Devoted Entirely to Top Chef John Tesar's Eyeglasses

    If you've been watching Top Chef you've probably noticed John Tesar's quirky habit of perching is thick-rimmed glasses on his inquisitively wrinkled forehead. What you might not have noticed is the look may quickly become what is the dorkiest Internet meme I've seen in some time. Local chefs (and ... More >>

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    November 5, 2012

    Presenting: The Winners of Meat Fight 2012 (And Incredible Meat Photos)

    Sunday, at Sons of Hermann Hall, it was every carnivores' dream Meat Prom. Purple, sparkling pigs, each wearing tiny party hats, sat on top of tables and glittered gold letters on standing signs indicated where myriad animal parts would be served. This was the scene at Meat Fight. In case you miss ... More >>

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    November 2, 2012

    Hypnotic Donuts Has Pigs in Blanket Now. With Brian Luscher's Red Hots.

    Brian Luscher's hot dog business has taken one more step towards tube steak empire. Hypnotic Donuts just announced it will be featuring Luscher's links at the shop, wrapped in biscuit dough sprinkled with poppy seeds and topped with a pickled serrano chile. Luscher has been quietly expanding the ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    Bowery's Hot Dogs Lack Snap And Personality

    I have a lot of respect for Brian Luscher's hot dog project primarily because I know first hand how difficult it is to make hand-crafted links. Hot dogs are an emulsified sausage with a significant amount of fat. That means the ground meat and fat are whipped until they resemble a pink toothpaste be ... More >>

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    August 7, 2012

    Brian Luscher's Playin' With Tube Steaks At White Rock Lake Market

    Soon, there will be another player in the Dallas sausage market. Brian Luscher is headed to White Rock Local Market every other weekend to peddle "South of Chicago" style red hots. The wieners will be available to purchase after they spend some time intimate time in Ms. Verna, Luscher's popular trai ... More >>

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    July 31, 2012

    Houston-Based Becks Prime Drops Their Massive Burgers on Preston

    Forest Lane has a new burger place. Becks Prime opened last week promising fresh, fast, burgers, steaks and sandwiches. The Houston based fast food chain with 13 locations, comes endorsed by the same Texas Monthly list that honored Brian Luscher with the greatest burger in Texas. How does Becks st ... More >>

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    June 19, 2012

    Chef Brian Luscher of The Grape on the Kansas Beef Council's Bus Tour

    Recently Sara Blakenship reported that chef Brian Luscher was embarking on summer camp tryst with the Kansas Beef Council. As proprietor and chef of The Grape on Greenville Avenue, undisputed burger master and barbecue pro, what better person to represent Texas out on the ranch? So, with permissio ... More >>

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    June 11, 2012

    The Grape's Brian Luscher to Represent Texas at the 2012 Pasture To Plate

    The Grape's owner and undisputed burger master Brian Luscher bid farewell to the Big D on Sunday, his eyes set on Wichita, Kansas. Luscher will represent the Texas Beef Council at the 2012 Kansas Beef Council's Pasture to Plate Tour, where he will tour multiple production lines and farms to learn ab ... More >>

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    May 25, 2012

    How Dallas Chefs Grill: The Tools, the Meat and the Techniques

    We tracked down a few Dallas chefs to get a little insight on how a Memorial Day cookout in their backyard might look, taste and smell. From grills and smokers to favorite cuts of meat, plus some tips for the novice, let their words serve as inspiration as grilling season officially begins this week ... More >>

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    May 18, 2012

    Here's All The Crazy Food of The Box in One Place

    The Box, if you haven't been following along, is the Cheap Bastard's brainchild, wherein chefs turn a box full o' crap and turn it into foodstuffs. Between Brian C. Luscher's weird-ass terrine of spam and quail eggs and the twinkie crowning inside a banana with homemade nutella, we've gotten some pr ... More >>

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    April 23, 2012

    Dallas Restaurateurs Debate Whether a Cell Phone Ban Could Work, and How

    A comment in my story a while back about phone stacking caught my attention. "In Japan they have 'No Phone Areas' in restaurants, bars and even the subway," Wagner Gui Tronolone wrote. "I think it's awesome!" It does sound sort of awesome. Sometimes a cell phone feels like a leash. At the other end ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    How Dallas Restaurants Manage Social Media

    That restaurants are using social media to get their message out is nothing new. As soon as any business owner realizes that networks like Facebook and Twitter provide an outlet and advertising at a low cost -- only the man hours it takes to set up a feed and gather and interact with followers and f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    We Gave The Grape's Brian Luscher a Big Box of Crap and He Made Us a Quail Egg Terrine

    The Box. Note the baby food. Yum.​We all know that Dallas chefs are great at cheffing. So we thought it might be fun to give them a chance to show off their chef creativity and skills with a new challenge we'll be calling "The Box." Once a month or so, we'll invite a new lucky soul to attempt ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 1, 2011

    The Grape is Stuck in the Past, Right Where it Belongs

    Compared to modern bistros, The Grape's menu and dining room seem dated. That's why it works so well.

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    September 1, 2011

    How A Burger Took Over The Grape's Brunch

    ​Yesterday I wrote that scorecards aren't any fun for restaurant critics. They can be useful in certain applications, though, like comparing many versions of the same thing over time. Judges at food competitions use them. And it was a scorecard designed by Texas Monthly that forever changed di ... More >>

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    April 26, 2011

    Dine At The Grape Tomorrow Night After The Observer's Iron Fork

    ​After you get a taste of competition at the Observer's Iron Fork tomorrow night, make your way to The Grape(2808 Greenville Ave.) for this month's installment of the Come-As-You-Are dinner series. Tomorrow's dinner features boutique wines from Spain, selected by Sommelier and co-owner Courtn ... More >>

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    December 23, 2010
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    October 15, 2010

    Brian Luscher Reaches for the Duck Fat: A Recipe for Pork Rilletes

    ​Today Brian Luscher takes us into his kitchen at The Grape where he shows us how to make a pate-like dish that originates from the Indre-et-Loire department of France (the same region where Rosewood Mansion chef Bruno Davaillon hails from). The meat is traditionally cooked for long periods ... More >>

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    October 13, 2010

    Brian Luscher: Nice Guys Can Cook

    Robert Bostick​The Grape is celebrating its 38th anniversary this month, which makes it the perfect time to chat with chef and owner Brian Luscher. When the restaurant's previous owners, Kathy McDaniel and Charlotte Parker, decided to give up the Dallas institution, they tapped their former e ... More >>

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    June 17, 2010

    Appetite for Instruction: Fromage Blanc and Strawberry Confiture from The Grape

    Photos by Sarah Johnson ​Fromage Blanc and Strawberry Confiture Demonstrated by Brian Luscher of The Grape You might know The Grape from its Texas Monthly fame for having the number one burger in Texas (which caused its burger sales to skyrocket, of course). Maybe you know the bistro from attendi ... More >>

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    December 31, 2009
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    December 31, 2009
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    August 31, 2009

    Mini Burger Backlash: The Big Ol' Mound Of Meat On A Bun Returns

    The Grape's newly famous burger.​Much to our delight, the mini-burger craze has hit a bump in the road. Hey, don't get us wrong--we've got nothing against two-biters. They're cute and small and often even feature fancy meats. It's just the "s-word" that grosses us out. But whatever you wanna ca ... More >>

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    August 7, 2009

    Burger Party At A Wine Bar? If Nothing Else, The Grape Has a More Effective Happy Meal.

    All photos by Patrick MichelsThis month's "it" burger.​Since finding themselves smack at the top of Texas Monthly's "50 Best Burgers in Texas" list, ahead of local favorites like Adair's, Angry Dog, The Porch, etc., etc., things have been a little different at The Grape.To honor their top-ranked b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    Two Restaurants Score Big This Week

    Chef Brian Luscher, one of the big winners.​Ah, bragging rights. Everyone wants to claim them, over your brother, a co-worker, the guy you battle for a parking space every morning. Now two Dallas restaurants hold them over the entire city.Nana was just inducted into the Nation's Restaurant News 2 ... More >>

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    May 19, 2009

    Fashion Statements

    Good God...Brian Luscher (The Grape) in a cowboy hat with pinstriped apron and Brooks Anderson (Veritas wine bar) in a camel jacket. Notify Tom Ford. Wait, scratch that. Maybe Edsel Ford?Chef Luscher won the sixth annual steak cook-off in Hico. That's his belt buckle in the case. 

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    May 14, 2009

    Appetite For Instruction: Moules Frites-Part 2

    Demonstrated by Brian Luscher and Karin Porter of The Grape Despite their reputation as the ultimate fast food, truly great French fries actually take some time. And they're worth it. Anyone who's gummed a gooey stick of the typical Dallas restaurant potato mush could tell you that. Thing is, wh ... More >>

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    May 7, 2009

    Appetite For Instruction: Moules Frites-Part 1

    Demonstrated by Chef Brian Luscher of The Grape "How do we improve on an institution?" That's a question Brian Luscher asks himself a lot these days. It's been almost two years since he and his wife Courtney took ownership of The Grape, a cozy bistro on lower Greenville Avenue that's been wining a ... More >>

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    April 23, 2009

    Tour De France Includes Stage At The Grape Sunday

    This year, there are two ways you could complete the Tour De France. You could ride a bicycle up and down mountains for three weeks, all the while submitting every bodily excretion to testers who will rigidly ensure you don't pop a Sudafed or two. Or you could just sit down to a three-course wine di ... More >>

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    April 20, 2009

    Short Orders: The Grape

    The Grape2808 Greenville Ave.214-828-1981If not for The Grape, Dallas would have a small empty space in its culinary soul.Yeah, we'd have some cool wine bars with great kitchens--Dali comes to mind. We would even have a compliment of venues with old world charm, however contrived. But nothing else c ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 6, 2007

    Tinsel Town Toppings

    Tristan Simon expands his empire

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    August 30, 2007
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    September 8, 2005

    Tryst Of Fate

    Are chefs very superstitious?

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    July 1, 2004

    Innards and Outs

    Which is more revolting: haggis, scrapple or head cheese?

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    June 25, 1998
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