Wednesday, May 30, 2012

'Don't dis the Dog'

That's the slogan of JJ's Red Hots, opening in Dilworth July 4 if all goes well, says Jon Luther. Look for hot dogs with lots of influences, especially western New York, with the base dog being from Sahlen's of Buffalo: a smoked hot dog of pork and beef, cooked here over flame in a char-broiler. Toppings will range from Weber's mustard (another import) to housemade chili, kraut and pickles.

"Red hots" just means hot dogs (historical accounts argue over invention and name-giving, but that's generally agreed on). These will come in custom combos (example: The Char Heel: chili, slaw, diced onions and mustard, on toasted Martin's potato roll).

JJ's will also sell "white hots," a housemade pork brat developed by the place's food and beverage director Jeremy Guthrie, as well as chicken-and-herb sausage, salmon sausage, andouille sliders, Italian sausage from Chicago, salads and soups. Also on tap: milkshakes, orangeade and lemonade, custom sodas, juices, teas, craft beers and "exciting wine choices, believe it or not," says Luther. He's founding partner; other partners include his father, who spent decades in the restaurant business, including Dunkin' Brands (yes, like Dunkin' Donuts). "But no burgers."

1514 East Blvd.;