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, 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.
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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