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mats77 Feb 2, 2011 06:40 AM

In the spirit of the game on Sunday I'm thinking of grilling up some brats. What places do people recommend? I've read the threads on Karl's and may check them out. Any other places? Cambridge/Somerville locations are an added plus. Thanks

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  1. StriperGuy RE: mats77 Feb 2, 2011 06:51 AM

    Short of the supermarket-available products which are not bad, Karl's is it. And Karl's is awesome!

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      jeanew RE: StriperGuy Feb 2, 2011 02:43 PM

      Karl's is the best. I am serving some brats for the game too - with sauerkraut and raw onions. Are there any other traditional accompaniments? I was thinking of German potato salad also.

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        Allstonian RE: jeanew Feb 3, 2011 02:48 AM

        Rather than raw onions, I'd serve with caramelized onions, and grainy mustard.

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          mats77 RE: Allstonian Feb 3, 2011 04:06 AM


    2. itaunas RE: mats77 Feb 2, 2011 06:57 AM

      Savenor's carries some products from the Smokehouse in Norwell and NC Smokehouse in NH, both of which make brats (I haven't had the latter). As far as supermarkets, Johnnie's Foodmaster on Rt 16 carries Grote and Wiegel which I think is a step above most supermarket brands. Johnsonville is certainly available at some Market Baskets but not certain about Somerville and I can't remember what McKinnon's has.

      Johnnie's Foodmaster
      45 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143

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        scotty27 RE: mats77 Feb 2, 2011 06:57 AM

        Karl's rules. Savenor's is good, too: They have their own and carry Roxbury Smoke House. Next year, however, have stuff shipped from Nueske's!


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          GretchenS RE: scotty27 Feb 2, 2011 08:56 AM

          Oh yay, that's what I did -- ordered from Nueske's -- glad to hear it was a good move. They arrive tomorrow and I probably need to sample before serving them to guests, huh?

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            yumyum RE: GretchenS Feb 2, 2011 09:01 AM

            I think that's only fair Gretchen. Also, please let me know if you need help testing. ;-)

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              scotty27 RE: GretchenS Feb 3, 2011 12:07 PM

              Hope you got their bacon, too.

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                BobB RE: GretchenS Feb 4, 2011 07:57 AM

                Savenor's carries some Nueske's products - not sure if that includes brats, though. I know I've seen their bacon there.

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                Splendid Spatula RE: scotty27 Feb 4, 2011 08:21 AM

                Or order from Usinger's! Mine arrived yesterday. I like to make a choucroute garnie with a selection of Usinger's sausage and Nueske's bacon. Washed down with Leinies of course!

              3. C. Hamster RE: mats77 Feb 2, 2011 09:36 AM

                The Smokehouse in Norwell.

                1. barleywino RE: mats77 Feb 2, 2011 10:27 AM

                  which of these places has the best weisswurst?

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                    Jenny Ondioline RE: barleywino Feb 2, 2011 11:11 AM

                    Karl's weisswurst is excellent.

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                      barleywino RE: Jenny Ondioline Feb 2, 2011 11:30 AM


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                        PinchOfSalt RE: barleywino Feb 3, 2011 06:17 AM

                        Don't forget to pick up some sweet Bavarian mustard at Karl's to go with the very excellent weisswurst. Yum! I think I need a fix...

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                          Allstonian RE: PinchOfSalt Feb 3, 2011 06:36 AM

                          And/or some extra-hot mustard! My favorite is the Loewensenf.

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                      GretchenS RE: barleywino Feb 2, 2011 11:30 AM

                      Yes, Karl's is heaven, best I've had outside Munich.

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                        Mayor of Melonville RE: GretchenS Feb 4, 2011 08:03 AM

                        I lived in Germany for 3 years, so feel qualified to offer a comment here. Stiglmeier's (www.stiglmeier.com) has the best assortment of German sausages that I have come across. My favorite is the Nuremburger brat, but most of the types I've tasted have been very good.

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                          BobB RE: Mayor of Melonville Feb 7, 2011 06:14 AM

                          I also lived in Germany for a while, and this is the first time I've seen old favorites like Schinkenwurst in years - thanks for the link!

                    3. Boston_Otter RE: mats77 Feb 3, 2011 07:17 AM

                      On a related topic, anyone had braunchweiger from Karl's, or know a good brand that can be found locally?

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