Chef Brian Luscher, one of the big winners.
Chef Brian Luscher, one of the big winners.

Two Restaurants Score Big This Week

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 2009 Fine Dining Hall of Fame. Established in 1980, the award recognizes excellence in food, service and ambiance. Winners are personally selected by the editors of this longstanding industry publication. Keeping company with the likes of Blue Ginger in Boston, Herbsaint in New Orleans and Michael Mina in Las Vegas, Nana was the only honoree from Big D this year.

In other news, chef/owner Brian Luscher has been going "bonkers" since The Grape's Classic Cheeseburger was pronounced #1 on Texas Monthly's list of the Best Burgers in Texas.

"I put the burger on The Grape brunch menu about a year ago because I wanted to have an awesome cheeseburger, the way I like it, on my day off," Luscher explains. Little did he know that the one-day-only special would soon be deemed the best of its kind based on a "complex proprietary algorithm" taking into account everything from patty to bun to restaurant atmosphere.

His thoughts on the award? "Holy you-know-what! I'm astounded, dumbfounded, a little embarrassed, honored, and proud."

The dining room at Nana
The dining room at Nana

You can now get Luscher's 10 oz. white cheddar and house-cured bacon-topped burger all day on Sundays and Mondays, but reservations are highly recommended. Check out what Nana executive chef Anthony Bombaci's got cooking (for very little dough) next Friday at Nana's monthly $20 Friday Night Flights event from 6-8 p.m. Or just head on up to the 27th floor of the Hilton Anatole Hotel the next time you're in the mood for some award-winning fine dining.


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