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Sausage Factory Outlet (SF)

Melanie Wong Feb 4, 2007 10:25 PM

A couple weeks ago, we were driving out Mission when my father pointed to the right, asking "does that say Sausage Factory Outlet?' And indeed it did.

We returned the next afternoon to check it out. With a warehouse exterior and no signs with hours, I couldn't tell if it was open for business and didn't feel like searching for parking just to find it shuttered. So I parked in the driveway, and tried the door. It was open and inside I found a sales counter and a refrigerator case of packaged sausages. A man came out from the back to help me, and handed me a flyer from the stack on the counter listing the inventory and prices.

Every product from each of the lines that Engelhart makes is available here: Schwarz Sausage, 49er Brand Beef, Le Pique-Nique, Brooks Farms Certified Organic, Home Fine Sausage, and Leon's Bar B Q Sauce. Depending on type, the sausages are sold in 1 to 5 lb. packages. Worried about being illegally parked, I quickly selected the Schwarz garlic sausages in natural casing, priced at $3.05 per pound.

Next time I'm grilling for a crowd, I'll be back for the Schwarz old fashioned franks (beef and pork in a snappy casing) and/or the Schwarz bockwurst, same as Top Dog uses.

Schwarz Sausage Factory Outlet
http://www.engelhartgourmet.com
1726 Mission St.
San Francisco
(415) 621-9830

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    DavidT Feb 5, 2007 05:21 AM

    Thanks to you (and your Dad!) for the heads up!

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      Melanie Wong Feb 5, 2007 09:41 AM

      You're welcome! I haven't done any price comparisons so I hope another price-shopper out there can tell us if this is a big discount or not.

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      ML8000 Feb 5, 2007 10:00 AM

      Yes, thanks for the tip. My mechanic use to be around the corner so I've stood at that bus stop a few time...but never went in. FYI: I believe Schwartz sausages retail in the $5-$6 a lb range, so $3 sounds like a good deal.

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      1. re: ML8000
        Melanie Wong Feb 7, 2007 10:53 AM

        You're welcome, and thanks for the price info. On the flyer, prices range from $2.40 to $3.80 per pound, the highest being Andouille sausage. I'd upload an image of it, but the flyer is a blurry, gray streaked photocopy and it wouldn't be legible.

        On the website, the Fairfield factory is planning a retail deli, but it's not open yet.

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        OldTimer Feb 7, 2007 02:32 PM

        Not exactly on subject, but we tried some chicken basil sun-dried tomato sausage from Costco...superb. Marked as "Sonoma Brand", but made in Colorado. Best I've ever tasted.

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        1. re: OldTimer
          Melanie Wong Feb 7, 2007 07:37 PM

          The list has Le Pique-Nique's chicken & turkey with basil and sun-dried tomatoes at $3.75/lb. Don't know how that compares in taste.

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          gourmetwannabe Feb 7, 2007 07:31 PM

          You made my day! Every time I have have a craving for a grilled kielbasa or bockwurst on a seeded roll, I head over to the Famous Frankfurter in Millbrae. Whenever I asked (nicely) who their sausage supplier was, they would change the subject. Then one day, while eating, I saw a Schwarz meat truck delivering their sausages. Aha! I then started buying them at Cal/Bell Markets(out of business) and later at Lunardi's where you pay $6/lb. The trouble is they're the 9 inch long type where it's impossible to find a bun to fit.
          So now I see this post and know I'm in heaven.

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          1. re: gourmetwannabe
            Melanie Wong Feb 7, 2007 07:42 PM

            Good sleuthing! I don't run across Schwarz in my usual haunts, seeing Saag's and Evergood more often for these varieties. The bockwurst and kielbasa are $3.15/lb. The kielbasa is listed as 3, 4 or 5 pieces per pound, so perhaps you can buy a different size and solve the bun problem. It also lists a cocktail kielbasa at 12/14 to 1 @ $3.40.

            There's also a kolbase (Jelenich) 4-1 @ $3.55. Anyone know what this is?

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              cheesecakeking Mar 30, 2011 05:45 PM

              That's interesting, a cursory search revealed that it is a sausage made by Jelenich's, a place on 1789 Mission featuring "specialty sausage products". A search of them by name and the phone number gave no results. The phone number came from a PDF of the monthly listing and calendar of events in Oct.'09 of Nativity of our lord church on Fell. The last page of the listing contains business card ads and Jelenich's is one of them.

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                Melanie Wong Mar 30, 2011 05:58 PM

                Gosh, thanks for looking into that. I wonder if that one is still available or whether anyone has tasted them. This month, I'm more aware of Croatian stuff than usual, and Jelenich is a Croatian surname. So sounds like a Croatian (or Serbian or Macedonian) version of kielbasa. In San Pedro 2 weeks ago, I stared at a refrigerator full of Croatian-style kobasica, so it's kinda on my mind. The kobasica from Corralitos is my favorite of that smokehouse's offerings and now I know its Croatian.

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                Schwarz Sausage Factory Outlet
                1726 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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              weem Apr 26, 2008 12:28 AM

              Hey, gourmetwannabe, I share your pain at the closings of all those Cala/Bell markets. (The Bell Market at Post and Franklin was a favorite.) But the chain hasn't been entirely erased. I think they went through some sort of sale or restructuring or something, and sold off loads of their stores. But there are still a few left. The old 24-hr. Cala at California and Hyde is still there. (Haven't checked to see if they offer your sausage brand yet, sorry.)

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                baron45 Apr 26, 2008 10:39 AM

                I see they have been doing alot of construction work at the the former Bell Market at Post and Franklin. Anyone know what's gonna take its place? Same goes for the old Albertson's at 32nd & Clement.

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                  ML8000 Apr 26, 2008 12:04 PM

                  It's a shame about the Albertson's at 32nd/Clement. When I lived out there the original plan was to put up affordable housing (not projects, just "affordable") or a mixed use site. These plans got shot down and now there's an empty supermarket.

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              hmacbeath Feb 8, 2007 08:31 PM

              Thanks for the lead, I was almost thinking I'd have to make my own!

              1. DrBehavior Apr 24, 2008 10:41 PM

                I'm not sure whether or not this is news for Melanie or any one else, but, I just found out that Schwarz has a 'booth' at the Davis Farmer's Market every Saturday morning (year round) from 8a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fourth and C. I'll be going there this weekend because I've heard nothing but fantastic things about the produce etc., and I also understand that the site is a great place for parents and grandparents who want a huge park area so that they can bring the kids along and picnic if they want.

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                  klum1971 Apr 25, 2008 04:46 PM

                  My parents used to buy their Polish and Louisiana Hot Links from here all the time for their restaurant...the hot links are the best I've ever had and each time I have one, it reminds me of my childhood so I'm a little bias in that regard...

                2. الشره Sep 10, 2009 10:38 PM

                  Hours: M-F 6-3:30

                  Price info flyer: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2612/3...

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                    skwid Sep 12, 2009 11:39 AM

                    Wow, if these sausages are as good as everyone says the prices look fantastic. Ver Brugge in Oakland makes their own sausages (not this many types) and they are all good to fantastic but the pricing is higher ($4 to $6 per pound). So if I get over there it would behove me to check this out.

                    1. re: الشره
                      Melanie Wong Feb 3, 2010 11:44 PM

                      Has anyone tried Schwarz andouille to make gumbo?

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                        Hermes13 Feb 4, 2010 09:49 AM

                        Yes, Melanie. It's delicious, a little spicy, but fresh and affordable. I go to the DeLano's IGA in the Castro (former Cala). You can purchase by the link at the seafood/meat counter.

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                      harrochuck Mar 30, 2011 04:20 PM

                      Just went here and can confirm 6AM-3:30PM times from M-F. Price list is as shown - cash only. ATM at the Arco gas station down the street or Bank of America.

                      It's kind of a weird operation. It's just one guy and a big bank vault-type door like you see in the movies being cracked. Except when he opens it up, it's a vault of sausages of all kinds. Dream come true???

                      Each Schwarz packet has 4 sausages per pound. You can get 5 pounds for the price list shown by الشره or mix and match any combination of 5 pounds for $20, which is what I did.

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                      1. re: harrochuck
                        Melanie Wong Mar 30, 2011 05:59 PM

                        Thanks, glad to know that this outlet is still operating. The plant moved to Fairfield, so maybe this is location is a distribution point to City customers.

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                          bigwheel042 Jun 16, 2011 03:13 PM

                          Actually the packages have 12 oz of sausage in them, not 16. I was just charged $5 for one of these (no mention was made of a 5 for $20 deal). So a decent deal given the quality, but not a steal unless you buy in bulk.

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