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Mar 22, 2010 01:38 PM

Best sausages?

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'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