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where are the best wursts in boston?

Will S. Sep 18, 2009 07:18 AM

I have searched around and it seems like German sausages are very difficult to find in the Boston area, i.e. on the T. As far as I can see karl's is the only game in town. Mostly I am looking for some good weisswurst or knockwurst, and I am willing to settle for Schaller and Webers which I think is the best commercial brand. So, Where are the best wursts in Boston?

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    LStaff RE: Will S. Sep 18, 2009 07:41 AM

    Trader Joe's used to carry Usinger brats and knocks - at a really good price too. Last time I checked though, seemed like another supplier, so I don't know if they still do.

    1. MC Slim JB RE: Will S. Sep 18, 2009 08:15 AM

      If you can't get to Karl's Sausage Kitchen on Rt 1 in Saugus, which I think has the best house-made brats around, try:

      Baltic Deli near Andrews Square
      The Butcher Shop and South End Formaggio
      Savenor's Beacon Hill.

      I actually think the Kayem brats aren't bad, and they're easy to find in supermarkets.


      1. BobB RE: Will S. Sep 18, 2009 08:37 AM

        The better Russian stores like Bazaar and Berezka have an outstanding selection of wursts, both domestic and imported. Not so much German-style per se (though they do carry Schaller & Weber teewurst and liverwurst) but lots of good Hungarian and other Eastern European stuff.

        Bazaar International Gourmet
        1432 Beacon St, Brookline, MA

        Berezka International Food Str
        1215 Commonwealth Ave, Allston, MA

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          ginnyhw RE: Will S. Sep 18, 2009 08:44 AM

          I asked this a while back because I couldn't deal with driving to Karl's on rte. 1 and ended up calling Savenor's in Cambridge. We had brats and they were really good - not the pre-cooked ones at the grocery store.

          "The Smokehouse in Norwell (also sold at Savenours) makes incredible sausages of all types, but they specialize in German sausages."

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            MC Slim JB RE: ginnyhw Sep 18, 2009 10:33 AM

            The Kayem brats I was referring to are not pre-cooked.


          2. okra RE: Will S. Sep 18, 2009 09:14 AM

            Schaller & Weber have a store in Walpole - right off Rt 1 at the Big Y plaza
            397 High Plain Street Walpole, MA 02081

            check here

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              Allstonian RE: okra Sep 18, 2009 09:19 AM

              Is that T accessible? That seems to be what the OP is looking for, which is why they're looking for alternatives to Karl's.

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                okra RE: Allstonian Sep 18, 2009 11:54 AM

                According to the MBTA website, it's a 19 minute walk from the nearest bus stop. Progress in public transportation hasn't really hit the Route 1 area.

                There's always a van parked out front of the place though - I'd call, and see what kind of alternative arrangements might be possible, if it were me.

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                StriperGuy RE: okra Sep 18, 2009 09:37 AM

                Wow, never knew that existed. Thanks!

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                  okra RE: StriperGuy Sep 18, 2009 11:56 AM

                  Walpole also has a very fun Oktoberfest at the Boylston-Schul Verein (BSV) club - sorry, it was LAST weekend, but bookmark the site:


              3. greygarious RE: Will S. Sep 18, 2009 09:54 AM

                SETTLE for Schaller & Weber? Fighting words to a metro-NYC native like me! S&W products are sold in the gourmet cheese section of Roche Bros/Sudbury Farms. I don't know if any of their stores are T-accessible. I much prefer S&W to what's made at Karl's.

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                  Zatan RE: greygarious Sep 18, 2009 06:48 PM

                  As a half-German American, growing up here and craving German meats and so on, I'd have to say thank god for S&W; their stuff is great I think, and certainly their headcheese is some of the best (or the one I always crave, but now sadly never see anywhere!) around. The teewurst, various leberwursts, etc., are all really top-notch. Do they make bockwurst, bratwurst, and those types of fresh sausages too? I haven't seen them if they do but imagine they'd be great as well. If so, where to find them around here? Seen the selection at Roche Bros, which is good (but no headcheese!).

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                    greygarious RE: Zatan Sep 19, 2009 08:05 AM

                    See the link in okra's post above, and S&W also sells online. Couldn't hurt to ask Roche Bros if they would special-order for you.

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                      robertlf RE: Zatan Sep 19, 2009 07:21 PM

                      Euro Deli (German market) in Amhearst, NH has S+W.

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                    janzy RE: Will S. Sep 18, 2009 05:53 PM

                    I'm a big fan of the Usinger brand of sausage and their smoked liverwurst.
                    The liverwurst is very similar to a pate and is very good.
                    At one time they were available at the Polish delis on Boston St in Dorchester, Ma, but they refuse to carry the brand, so I travel to the local distributor, Euroguild in Walpole.
                    Very accomodating people to deal with.

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                      sushifest RE: Will S. Sep 19, 2009 04:16 AM

                      no contest: smokehouse (aka boston sausage company)! dave nosiglia trained in germany for three years. offerings rotate through the week, so you should inquire for the lineup. they supply to local restaurants and savenor's carries some of their products as well. highest rec for what is as close to a wurstmeister in the area as any...

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