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May 20, 2009 12:09 PM

Good place in Valley to buy brats?

Looking for some good brats to grill this weekend. I know about Brats Brothers in Sherman Oaks, but are there other places that have good quality gourmet brats. Thanks!

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    1. I'd try German Cold Cuts, I shop there a lot for cheeses, sausages and sliced hams. I think they have at least 2 varieties of brats. You also should inquire of Jim's Market on Fallbrook. They have a wonderful meat selection.

      1. You might note that the ad for Ralphs supermarkets this week has a special of all hot dogs at half price. I don't know if this includes sausages and how far it extends, but it does include Hebrew National kosher franks. I'll be stocking up -- these freeze nicely.

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        1. re: nosh

          If it doesn't have to Brats exactly there is a great sausage manufacturing company in North Hollywood that I favor. It has a lot of fresh sausages and smoked meats. It is:

          European Sausage
          12926 Saticoy St # 12
          North Hollywood, CA 91605
          (818) 982-2325‎

          1. re: SIMIHOUND

            I finally got to European Sausage today. You can smell their location from the street because of the meats being smoked! Just grilled their polish sausage tonight, man, they're great. Any other sausage or meat recommendations from there that I can try?

            1. re: Galen

              Galen, I am so glad you liked Euro Sausage. I usually go on Saturdays when they have a lot of smoked meats. I love the chicken sausages and smoked chickens. It used to be that if you wanted to taste something they would give you a sample. They use a lot of garlic.

              I actually found them about 20 years ago from a piece done on TV news. One word of caution, watch for bone fragments in the sausages. I cracked a tooth a long time ago on a tiny piece of bone in one of the sausages I ate. Had I saved the bone they would have paid the dental bill. Its a long story why that didnt happen.

        2. I was a little surprised that I couldn't find bratwurst on the website for Schreiner's in Glendale ... you might given them a call, they have many excellent sausage varieties:

          Schreiner's Fine Sausages
          3417 Ocean View Blvd, Glendale, CA 91208

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          1. re: maxzook

            I second Schreiner's... they have various brats that are frozen but you can call ahead and have them prepare fresh ones in bulk. The meat counter at the Whole Foods in Glendale also has a nice selection of gourmet brats.

            1. re: mrshankly

              When my cousin visited from Chicago we went through Ralphs in Studio City and she commented that the Johnsonville Brats are what they generally get in Chicago. Good enough there good enough here.

              1. re: mrshankly

                Schreiner's periodically has both cooked and uncooked brats, almost always frozen but sometimes in the meat case, too. I've bought them from their stand at the Thursday Farmers Market in South Pas.

            2. How's by the Metro in NH has them in the meat case.

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              1. re: Akitist

                Thanks everyone for the suggestions! Happy grilling!

                1. re: foodie21

                  If you're still looking for good brats, try Van Nuys German Deli at 16155 Roscoe Blvd by the Van Nuys airport. I stopped by there and there are several elderly German ladies working the counter. I didn't try the sandwiches but grabbed some salami.