Jody Maroni's at Bay Street in Emeryville
OK, I realize this is a chain, but I remember really liking their sausages in L.A., and this is the first Bay Area location (with another to come soon at the Westfield in downtown SF).
Anyone else on the Jody Maroni bandwagon? And has anyone tried their Wagyu Beef dog?
I went today. It's less a Sausage Kingdom than a Provincial Sausage Outpost. I don't
have a recent experience of the Venice Beach location but I seem to remember a
wide variety of sausage options at a reasonable price. Here there are seven pretty
basic choices and you're not getting away for less then $6.
Sausage sandwiches are $5.49 plus tax. The menu is here but the prices are
add a dollar to everything on that menu.
There's also a couple of hot dog choices ($3.29 for a "smokin dog" up to $6.59
for a "giant kobe beef hot dog") as well as burgers ($4.99 or $5.49 with cheese).
Fries are $1.99 small, $2.99 large.
I got the "hot italian". On an oniony bun with grilled peppers and onions. It was
ok. Surprisingly unsalty. Not terribly hot. Decent flavor. The sausage is smaller
than the bun but it's served wrapped so that the sausage is sticking out an inch
from one end and the other end is wrapped in paper so you don't notice immediately
how they're tricking you into thinking you got a real big one.
Comparison to Top Dog: twice as expensive, maybe 10% better because of the
grilled peppers, maybe 20% worse because of the limited options, one kind of mustard
in little packages, no self-serve cauldron of sauerkraut, no libertarian screeds tacked
to every available surface.
All in all, this is not something that's going to bring me back to the dead mall, but if
I'm there, I'll probably try another.
This is exciting news. Jody Maroni was inventing cutting-edge sausage flavors before Bruce Aidell, and he still mixes better ones. The quality has gone down some since he expanded beyond the Southland, but I'd still head over there for lunch any day of the week. And Chuckles, their telephone answering machine is hooked up at the store, so that's a good sign. I'll try to get there this week and report back.