The first installment of Luscher’s Red Hots (courtesy of Brian Luscher -- Chicago native and chef-owner at The Grape) has finally opened its much-anticipated doors, fired up its flat top, and is slinging gourmet, Chicago-style dogs with a slight Texas twist. They sport a poppy seed bun, the perfect blend of pork & beef, tomatoes, white onion, spicy brown mustard, piccalilli, and pickled sport peppers. So yeah, there are a few departures from the standard Chicago dog, but it's a fairly faithful interpretation with a slight Texas accent. For another Chicago variation, try the Depression Dog, which has fewer toppings but sports a mess of French fries piled right onto the dog.
While the hot dogs are absolute showstoppers, don’t sleep on the "Eye-Talian" Beef either. A healthy portion of locally grown Wagyu beef that has been simmering in garlic, spices, and of course, it’s own beefy goodness, is shaved into a French roll and then topped with giardiniera (spicy pickled veggies) and a healthy helping of that gravy (or juice, or whatever you want to call it) in which the beef's been swimming. If you really want to go Chicago-style big, get a combo, which adds an Italian sausage to the party.