Luscher’s Red Hots recently made Bon Appétit’s list of 50 nominees for America’s Best New Restaurants in 2015. I have noticed a surge of restaurants trying to reinvent the classic hotdog.
For Dallas, this task is simpler, since the city does not have the history of hotdog stands in Chicago or New York. Luscher’s Red Hots’ tagline on their website is “Taste Texas Chicago Style.” The general complaint about typical hotdogs concerns the origins of the meat, but the restaurant’s website assures us that the customer has nothing to worry about: “We use all-natural, local meats, breads and produce when we can.”
We arrived at Luscher’s 15 minutes before 7 p.m., so, luckily, it was still happy hour, which they term “rush hour.” The menu consists of a variety of hotdogs, sandwiches and sides, and features a daily special on a hotdog or sandwich.
I decided on the Chicago Depression Dog and their hand-cut fries. During rush hour, the beer on tap was only $2.50, which was a great surprise.
The restaurant itself has a Texas diner feel, and includes both indoor and outdoor seating. Right in the heart of Deep Ellum, Luscher’s also offers the opportunity to stroll around the neighborhood before or after eating.
In taking our order, the staff was very friendly and made the experience pleasant. After ordering, we sat down at one of the booths. It was not long until our orders were called out on a loud speaker.
The hotdog I ordered consisted of a post oak red hot on a poppy seed bun, with mustard, onions, piccalilli, sport pepper and fries on top. While the hotdog was good, I thought it was slightly unoriginal. I would describe the restaurant as focusing on comfort food rather than any great culinary experiment. The fries, however, were deliciously seasoned; they might be my new favorite!
The next time I go, I plan to try the Francheezies, a red hot, cheese-stuffed and bacon-wrapped, tucked in half of a grilled cheese. The dish seems like every child’s dream come true!
As far as new restaurants for the area, Luscher’s provides a great addition to the culture of Deep Ellum. For a quick bite or a casual dinner, Luscher’s provides just the right atmosphere. If in a hurry, there is also a carryout option.
The price is very manageable, especially during rush hour. While the toppings on the hotdogs were slightly unoriginal, the food was still very satisfying.
Hours: Open pretty much every day 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sometimes later. Address: 2653 Commerce St., Deep Ellum Dallas, TX 75226