Grindhaus Opens Today - Fresh Sausages in Hollywood
I gave up on this place. I saw the big banner announcing a new meat market way back over the summer. I waited and waited, and finally gave up.
Then tonight, I saw a new banner, fluorescent lights and some people walking in. So I made an illegal U-turn on Hollywood Boulevard and stopped in. As it turns out, this was their opening night.
The offerings are few, and well focused: various freshly made sausages, pickled veggies and mustards. The display case can’t be more than six feet wide. Judging from the menu, it looks like they’ll add confits, homemade stocks, sauerkraut, duck fat and other sauces.
Sausages tonight included two types of Italian, Bratwurst, Duck, Venison, Boar, Lamb Merguez and Chicken Chorizo. I got the lamb merguez.
Pickled veggies included cabbage, beets, carrots, haricot vert, fennel and cucumber. I got the haricot vert.
When I got it home, I unwrapped the package and found two of the freshest sausages I’d ever seen. They were very soft to the touch, obviously made hours earlier, and since they’re also made from freshly ground meat, it’s just a different sausage than what I’m used to.
They cooked-up juicy and fragrant. And the texture as you bite into them was like the touch. Fresh, and loose… not a solid piece like a Dodger dog. The flavor of the lamb came through, which was nice because I like lamb. I’ve never actually tasted the lamb in other merguez I’ve had. The spices drowned-out the flavor. The cinnamon in these was a little heavy for my palate, and there was a slight heat to it. But it went very well with a baked potato and Greek yogurt.
Alongside I had the pickled haricot vert, which had a refreshing sour tang. The beans are still crisp, which I like.
Service was friendly, they were expectedly still working out the kinks, but I think this will become a regular go-to place for me.
5634 Hollywood Boulevard (half way between Western and the 101)
So here's the update: I went again last night, and they have their own bad-ass looking catering truck parked in front. They don't actually cook anything in the store. It's basically just a butcher shop. Now, though, you can get cooked food off the truck. Supposedly it will be parked there every night.
I spoke to one of the owners and he said the original plan was to just have the catering truck. But they needed a home base where they could make the food. So instead of being in a warehouse somewhere, they opened a retail operation to sell the raw sausages. This is an interesting twist on the whole catering truck controversy.
Anyway, I tried the bratwurst last night, and like my first visit I was delighted with the freshness. I picked up some fresh saurkraut from Victor's restaurant and added some spicy mustard I bought at Grindhaus. Yum.
re: lil mikey
You didn't mention the cost? I usually go the Huntington Meats at the Farmers Market for my freshly made sausages... also with a nice variety though perhaps not as eclectic a selection as Grindhaus. Huntington Meats sausages cost about $5/lb.
6333 W 3rd St # 350, Los Angeles, CA
Surprised to see so few posts about Grindhaus since it's opened. I really love their sausages. Anyone close-by who hasn't tried should buy that deal and try them out.
My favorites are the Hulk (Pork, Bacon, Pepperoncinis and Sharp Provolone), Wild Boar (with bratwurst spices and junipers), and the Duck (with cherries and chocolate) but almost all are really good. It's become a near weekly trip for me.
To answer Mr. Taster's question from back in february, they aren't cheap. They vary in price with the Duck being the most expensive. I think the cheapest are in the $7-8/lb range. They are well worth the premium though.