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Dec 22, 2010 06:00 AM

Looking for a good sausage [KC]

Any place that does a good charcuterie sampler of in house made stuff? Can't seem to find any in KC.

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  1. I assume you mean in the KC area? We have several in St.L, but I daresay you don't mean us.

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    1. re: lemons

      Yes, Kansas City Metro. I would be willing to Amtrack it to St. Louis for a day trip, have all next week off, any lunch spots?

      1. re: panfriedsushi

        You're willing to Amtrack from KC to St Louis for sausage?

        You are my 'hound hero.

    2. Nothing for sausage-y lunch that immediately comes to mind. But my two fave sausage emporia are G&W in south St. Louis, just off Kingshighway on, I think, Prather Ave., and the stunningly good Swiss Meat, which isn't even in St. Louis metro, but rather south of Hermann, MO (an Amtrak stop!) about 9 miles. It is, essentially, the only thing IN Swiss, so you can't miss it. But there's no public transport. They do do stuff by mail and they have a website.

      BTW, you might also want to put the location of what you're looking for in the title of the query; keeps those folks from, oh, say, Fargo, checking in. Although I'm sure they have lovely sausage in Fargo.

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      1. re: lemons

        You could go on an encased meat power tour of St. Louis. Suggestions include:
        Salume Bedu- Haven't been there yet but getting good reviews and comparisons to Batali's fathers stuff. The owner trained under Batali. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
        Volpi- Good quality less artisan than Bedu but consistently good coppas, salami etc.
        Piekutowski's European Style Sausage- Never been but have heard good things.

        From a post I made about a year ago

        I have been going to G&W for years for their brats but in the last year or so I've also had their andouille and salsiccia which are pretty good. Their salsiccia is heavy on the fennel.

        G&W Bavarian Style Sausage Company
        4828 Parker Avenue
        St.Louis MO 63116

        I recently found Manzo Importing Co. which has a few different varieties of salsiccia(I thought their extra special with marsala wine was the best) and a greek loukanika sausage that has not been in stock when I was their.

        And based on lemons review and photos she did elsewhere it would be worthwhile to stop in Swiss Meat.

        1. re: STLLifer

          I've been meaning to try Piekutowski's since I first saw it about 4 or 5 years ago. just don't make it to that part of town much (odd part of the North side, waiting redevelopment, but holdovers exist from when it was a largely an East European nabe before I-70 ever went through). May need to change that on the next visit this week. a friend was telling me about another old-school place on Gravois near Hampton whose name I forget, will have to ask.

          1. re: hill food

            As you can, see, OP, my St. Louis cohorts have completely hijacked your post, reminding why a location in the subject line can be useful. On the other hand, I'm impressed at your encased meat zeal and enthusiasm. I also like G&W--be aware that they will offer you a free beer (Busch, I'm sorry to say, but beer nonetheless). I'd definitely second Salume Beddu

            1. re: alan

              whoops, you're right, but the OP did sound open to the idea of a road trip (as unnecessary as that surely must be)

      2. Well, hmmm, that's a bit of a tall order in KC. I would call around to French spots like Cafe des Amis, Aixois, or Cafe Provence. You'll likely find terrines or pates, and perhaps sausages, too. You should also try Extra Virgin, definitely. Justus Drugstore has made various items, etc. for their appetizer platters in the past, so you could call up there to see what's current. He does magic with rabbits, IMO, and I don't mean pulling them out of hats. The west side has a few spots that have had house made charcuterie on the menu--Blue Bird and Westside Local come to mind, but I think WL may have had La Quercia at its center, not sure. If you're willing to drive, Lawrence has 715 on Mass St. and Westside Bistro on 6th St. 715 makes sausages, chicken liver pate, and rabbity things, while Westside Bistro is more deli-ish, with house made roast and corned beef, pastrami, but also sausages and pates.

        The Westside Local
        1663 Summit Street, Kansas City, MO 64108

        Cafe Provence
        3936 W 69th Terr., Prairie Village, KS 66208

        301 E 55th St, Kansas City, MO 64113

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        1. re: amyzan

          Linking up:

          Blue Bird Bistro
          1700 Summit, Kansas City, MO 64108

          Fritz's Smoked Meats
          10326 State Line Rd, Leawood, MO

          Justus Drugstore A Restaurant
          106 W Main St, Smithville, MO 64089

          Cafe Des Amis
          , Kansas City, MO 64108

          715 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, KS 66044

          Werner's Specialty Foods
          5736 Johnson Dr, Mission, KS 66202

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            was at 715 last week, great food, been to Fritz's and Werners, both ok.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Melanie, I've followed your posts for years on the SF board. Good stuff.

              I hope you have a great time in KC. I just moved from there to Lexington KY a year ago, but I'm still here virtually.

              Bichelemeyer's @ 7th and Cherokee in KCK has a really nice selection of sausage. I took a West Coast friend of mine in there and his jaw about hit the floor. Its like Pike Place market except with beef, pork, and chicken. Lots of "parts". Go on a Saturday, get some of the tacos, and take home a dozen tamales. All of it is the best.

              In Lawrence there is the Free State Brewery. Great beer and good food. Zen Zero is also cool.

              I need a road trip back to KC and Larryville soon.

              Zen Zero
              811 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044

              1. re: chileheadmike

                Thanks so much, was just about to ask about Bichelmeyer Meats. I had noticed that it offers a tour and wondered what that might be like. I don't think I'll have time for that and most likely I'll be there on a friday rather than saturday, still enough to see?

                Two others I'm curious about as well are Krizman's House of Sausage and Peter May's House of Kielbasa. Any intell?

                This will be my first time to KC, staying in Overland Park for a few days. Years ago I commuted to Wichita for a spell but never made it to the eastern part of the state.

                Bichelmeyer Meats
                704 Cheyenne Ave, Kansas City, KS 66105

                Krizman's House of Sausage
                424 N 6th St, Kansas City, KS 66101

                Peter May's House of Kielbasa
                1654 Bristol Ave, Kansas City, MO 64126

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  Krizman's is great stuff. It's been there for as long as I can remember and has always had great product. I'm not familiar with Peter May's.

                    1. re: bbqboy

                      Thanks, I didn't know that LTH had as much of a KC presence. Nope, don't think I'll be trying Bluestem unless it's the late night menu since I'm flying solo this trip.

                      900 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO 64111

                      1. re: Melanie Wong

                        There are a few posters over there. They've scheduled some cool meetups. Thai, Japanese, and Cantonese. All off menu homey type meals and really great stuff. My passoword hasn't worked for a while, I may need to email someone.

            2. I keep checking back to see if your pilgrimage for sausage was successful???please give an update as I also am a sausage fan,loved Volpi's sausage and I do make the trip to St,Louis for them , have also gone to G&W but did not much care for the german wieners,[ casing is way too chewy]

              1. I thought Werner's on Johnson Drive had really good sausages. On Saturdays (don't know about right now!) they have a grill outside and grill off several kinds to choose from