Luscher’s Red Hots

Deep Ellum just got better with the opening of Brian C. Luscher’s much anticipated hot dog joint, Luscher’s Red Hots. The Chicago chef has made a huge name in Dallas as the chef-owner of the beloved eatery on Lower Greenville, The Grape.  The fledgling Red Hots feels like a labor of love with dogs done Chicago style.


If we are going to let our children eat a hot dog, Luscher’s Red Hots is probably the best we can get in town. Luscher grinds and seasons his own pork and beef franks and in typical Luscher style, uses fresh ingredients from local farmers and growers like Lemley’s tomatoes and Local Yocal beef, makes his own spicy brown mustard and handcuts the fries.

The signature hot dog called Post Oak Red Hot (photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com)

There’s several crucial elements in a typical Chicago style hot dog which to the unaccustomed eye looks like a messy, overloaded hot dog. Our signature Post Oak Red Hot was a frank, topped with chopped white onions, homemade spicy brown mustard, Lemley’s tomatoes, piccalilli (relish) and a pickled sport pepper all wrapped in a pain-au-lait poppyseed bun. There’s some talk about how ketchup should never be on a Chicago dog but this is Texas so Luscher provides a stash along with regular mustard on the counter.

Front dining area (photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com)

Front dining area (photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com)

With the amount of work and great quality ingredients Luscher uses, it’s an unbelieveable deal for $5. We love that he doesn’t get you in the wallet with all the add-ons either.  Just $1.85 for handcut fries or $2.85 for onion rings. It’s what I call street food prices (except Dallas food trucks are expensive in comparison) with the added bonus of seating and clean bathrooms. Win, win and win!

Yes, Luscher is THAT cool that Anthony Bourdain can tell him to 'Suck it'  Lol (photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com)

Yes, Luscher is THAT cool that Anthony Bourdain can tell him to ‘Suck it’ Lol (photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com)

Aside from the hot dogs, Luscher’s Red Hots serves sandwiches like the “Eye-talian Beef” which uses slow roasted wagyu beef from rancher-owned butcher shop Local Yocal served on a French roll with gravy for dipping and giardiniera. Or another ode to Chicago, the Greektown Lamb and Beef gyro topped with Lemley’s tomatoes, onion, black olives and cucumber-mint yogurt sauce. There are daily specials where you can choose from Tuesday’s tallow fries made the old fashion way with beef fat to Thursday’s Commerce St bone in pork chop sandwich.

We made our own Luschers Post Oak Red Hots at home (photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com)

We made our own Luschers Post Oak Red Hots at home (photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com)

We’ll have to venture back for these but for now, my boys cannot part with Luscher’s dogs so I make sure I stop by Green Grocer for a to-go 8 pack of Post Oak Red Hots and a tub of the spicy brown mustard on my way home. Post Oak Red Hots are also available for delivery from Artizone.

Click here for more info on Luscher’s Red Hots.

Till our next Happy Meal!



  • Food: Chicago style hot dogs
  • Ambiance: casual
  • Service: Friendly
  • Kid Friendliness: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
  • Itty Bitty Foodies Tip: There’s a kids menu serving the same excellent hot dogs
  • Parent Foodies Tip: Luscher uses fresh ingredients

Cheryl Collett is freelance journalist and a mom on a mission to expand her kids’ palates. IttyBittyFoodies chronicles their yummy adventures.

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