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Best sausages?

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Looking for new sausages after disappointing pork sausages from Whole Foods lately and horrible, old-tasting Caggianos from Berkeley Bowl last week.

Star Market chicken sausages were great when I tried them for the first time a couple of weeks back; any other recommendations for places to go?

Berkeley Bowl
2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

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  1. Taylor's Sausages at the Housewives Market in Oakland.


    1. Taylor's in Oakland (David's post for Housewives market) but my favorites are both in the City. Little City Meats on Stockton in North Beach and Falletti Foods meat counter on Broderick/Fell. both are amazing and made in house and both have an interesting variety.

      Falletti Foods
      308 Broderick St, San Francisco, CA

      1. The smoked sausages at Le Bedaine are probably the best sausages I've ever had.

        Ver Brugge has a pretty good selection of sausages -- just got some whiskey fennel chicken sausages on sale. I haven't tried them yet, but plan on grilling them up tonight.

        You can buy cold sausages from any of the Top Dog locations and grill them at home -- I think the Calabrese and the Bockwurst are especially good.

        At Berkeley Bowl, I prefer their own house made sausages over the Caggianos.

        Verbrugge Meat-Fish Poultry
        6321 College Ave, Oakland, CA

        La Bedaine
        1585 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94706

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        1. re: abstractpoet

          Another vote for VerBrugge's whiskey fennel chicken sausages!

          1. re: escargot3

            VerBrugge also does some duck sausages which are quite good too. They usually have about 10 house made varieties. This thread reminds me that I have to pick some up for Friday :)

        2. Try La Bedaine in Berkeley. Here are a couple of opinions.

          La Bedaine
          1585 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94706

          1. Try the delicious lao sausage from Vientiane Cafe on Allendale in Oakland. They sell a bag, frozen, that is probably about two pounds, for $6. Delicious.

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            1. re: lmarie

              They do have really delicious Lao sausage, but I haven't been there in awhile so I'm wondering if they're now offering other styles of Lao sausage since my last visit. I'm craving soured Lao sausage...it's similar to a typical Lao sausage, but with the addition of some cooked Lao sticky rice in the sausage stuffing to allow the sausage to ferment for a couple of days, which gives it an exciting jolt of natural sourness, which goes so well with the wonderful mix of Lao herbs one would taste in a typical Lao sausage.

              If they don't have it, maybe one day I'll call Vientian Cafe and ask them to prepare me a special batch of soured Lao sausage to be picked up in a couple of days to allow enough time for the fermentation process.

              Vientian Cafe
              3801 Allendale Ave, Oakland, CA 94619

            2. A third for Taylor's Sausage at the Housewives market.

              I've been taking their Boudin (Spicy or Plain) to cookouts and tailgates for about 8 years now and they always impress.

              Taylor's Sausage
              907 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607

              1. I absolutely love the sausages at Falletti Foods in San Francisco and I've tried a lot of sausages. They are made in-house fresh every day, they have a bunch of different varieties, my favorite is the andoullie but the bratwurst, polish and merguez are also good.

                Falletti Foods
                308 Broderick St, San Francisco, CA

                1. Taylor's is good and I also get the Boudin. I don't know what Caggianos is like or WF but have you tried the packaged Fra' mani brand Italians (spicy and mild), available at Berkeley Bowl? Very good product.

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                  1. re: ML8000

                    One more for Taylor's Boudin Blanc ....... decent prices also. Also like the Chicken Santa Fe sausage.

                    1. re: gordon wing

                      Wow. Tried Taylor's Boudin Blanc. Delicious! So long, supermarket sausages. Thanks :)

                  2. Baron's Meats in Alameda has some good housemade sausages (in addition to some other brands).

                    1. Little City Meats in North Beach was my go to for sausages when I had my office nearby a few years back. Home made Italian traditionals plus other culture's specialty sausages, plus many house made creations usually very good. Multi-generational family run place (the Spinali's I believe). They usually have samples cooking to lure you in and they'll even make any combo of flavors and meats into a custom sausage if you order in advance. Here's the info, if you wanna call ahead to see what special sausages are in and confirm hours which I think can vary a bit. You'll love this place.

                      Little City Market
                      1400 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133

                      1. I haven't been there yet, but have heard nothing but good about Dittmer's in Mt. View. It's a German sausage maker and deli and their website lists a huge assortment of wursts, etc.


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                        1. re: Sharuf

                          Dittmer's is an absolute treasure.

                          If you want somewhat more exotic sausages, try Polarica. They mostly do mail order but you can buy from then direct if you walk into the shop:

                          105 Quint St
                          (between Arthur Ave & Custer Ave)
                          San Francisco, CA 94124
                          (415) 647-1300

                          105 Quint St, San Francisco, CA

                        2. From now on, I'm stocking up every time I'm within detour distance of Bud's Custom Meats.

                          I usually have some Fatted Calf andouille and/or linguisa and/or chorizo in the refrigerator.

                          The Fra'Mani spicy Italian they have at Berkeley Bowl are simple but good.

                          Bud's Custom Meats
                          7750 Petaluma Hill Rd, Penngrove, CA

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                          1. re: Robert Lauriston

                            Fatted Calf and Fra'Mani are both most excellent.

                            Dittmer's and Taylor's are right behind, especially the spicy Cajun links @ Taylor's.

                            I still miss Bobby Lee's in Hayward on Mission, lost to a fire 5 years ago.

                            Bobby Lee, the cantankerous Kentuckian who owned the place, was too old (80) to rebuild.

                            Fatted Calf
                            644-C First Street, Napa, CA 94559

                          2. Don't know if it's too far for you, but the very best sausages (multiple award winning) are at Schaub's meats in the Stanford shopping center.
                            They usually have around 15 to 20 varieties. The Thai chicken and the spicy mango chicken are my favorites.

                            1. In SF, I second Faletti's. Very fresh and as the person above said, made in house. If you like chicken or turkey sausage, there is a vendor at the Divisidero (Grove and Divis, on Sunday 9-2) Farmer's Market, that sells really delish, organic meats.

                              Out of SF, Santi in Santa Rosa sells there house sausages at the Healdsberg Farmer's Mardet and they are the best I've ever had. Highly recommend as a fun day trip, as it is an amazing farmer's market.

                              2097 Stagecoach Road, Suite 100, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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                              1. re: c91285

                                Note that Franco Dunn has moved his sausage production to Healdsburg's Scopa, now that Santi has relocated to Santa Rosa. The Healdsburg farmers market hasn't opened for the season yet. But Franco is selling his sausage at the Saturday morning famers market at the Santa Rosa Vets building. Here's the photo of his stand I took two weeks ago.

                                Santa Rosa Certified Farmers Market
                                Santa Rosa, CA, USA, Santa Rosa, CA

                                109 Plaza St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

                                Santa Rosa Farmers Market
                                1531 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa, CA

                              2. Cafe Rouge. I am convinced there are no better sausages to be had anywhere in the bay area. Seriously. I especially like it that they don't do meaningless names, like Italian or French, it's fennel sausauge, garlic sausage and the like. All of their sausages, and I do believe I've tried them all, are excellent.

                                Cafe Rouge
                                1782 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710

                                1. I've had some good luck with sausages from Sorrento in the Excelsior. They come in 3 flavors. They've changed ownership recently so I don't know if they still carry them. But they've got a fine selection of other stuff.

                                  1. You should go Golden Gate Meat Co in the Ferry Building, they make all their own sausages and have a wide variety. Honestly have never had a bad one and probably go over every Sat during football season to get a assortment. I would recommend the Lamb and Rosemary, the wild boar and beer, duck, pork and fig, and the classic hot Italian...those are probably my favs. One little gem...then walk next door to Acme Bread Co. and buy the Torpedo rolls...simply the best bun for any dog, sausage, brat, bock...

                                    Golden Gate Meat
                                    Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

                                    Acme Bread Co
                                    2730 9th St, Berkeley, CA

                                    1. Schaub's in Stanford Shopping Center has very good sausage.