When I was 6 years old, my family lived in Freiburg, Germany for a year. Every Saturday we would go down to the Munsterplatz (the square around the cathedral) to the farmer's market. We would always get a wurst from one of the stands. They were the greatest things...EVER.
My favorite was a reddish wurst (possibly a rotwurst of some kind) ohne (without).
All these years later, I have been looking for a wurst that taste as good as they did at the munsterplatz.
I have tried several of the wurst from the German Gourmet, but nothing seems to compare.
I am beginning to think that I have built up the wurst from my childhood in my mind, so much that nothing I try will compare.
Does anyone have any suggestions of wurst to try?
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Biergarten Haus on H St. NE has a nice lunch special where you can get a wurst plate (with bratwurst, bauernwurst, weisswurst, or a combination) with kraut, potatoes, and a little pretzel roll. I think they're delicious and they certainly remind me of my trips to Germany, especially with some proper Bier on the side.
Another place to try (again, not sure if they're up to native-born standards but it's worth a look) is Cafe Mozart, where 13th, H and New York Ave. come together.
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Most likely chefj is right, but another couple of places to try:
Euro Bistro in Herndon for prepared food (while the menu is pan-Euro, they specialize in German).
Russian Gourmet (not German obviously, but they have a number of sausages available that you may want to look into).
Then, for more prepared there are the other German options - Old Europe or whatever in GTown, and the places out West of the metro area.
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I like the bauernwurst (made with mustard seeds) at Hiedelburg Pastry Shoppe in Arlington. They set up on Saturday mornings and cook wurst and sauerkraut outdoors. But I think you can get your wurst anytime indoors, either cooked or you can buy a package. They bake a wurst-sized laugenbroetchen (pretzel roll) that makes the perfect bun.
I have had excellent veal and cream bratwurst from Stachowski, a local wurst maker. I used to get it at Westover Merket in Arlington, but I haven't seen it in some time.
But maybe the best, if you don't mind making a cultural substitution, is getting the hot half smokes from Canales Meats at Eastern Market. I think at one part of the counter you can get them cooked, but I just buy a few to grill at home.
I third Heidelberg. I love going on Saturdays and getting a knaukwurst and sitting on the picnic tables to eat it watching people try to pull in and out of their tiny parking lots. The wursts and potato salad and strudel are great. They will let you try all their wursts before you decide which one you want. And they are super nice. It is a really fun experience.
Fun enough if you go with friends it may bring back some of those feelings which make things taste so good.