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

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    1. re: StriperGuy

      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.

      1. re: jeanew

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

        1. re: Allstonian

          agree

    2. 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.

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

      1. 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!

        www.shrinkinthekitchen.com

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        1. re: scotty27

          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?

          1. re: GretchenS

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

            1. re: GretchenS

              Hah!
              Hope you got their bacon, too.

              1. re: GretchenS

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

              2. re: scotty27

                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. The Smokehouse in Norwell.

                1. which of these places has the best weisswurst?

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                  1. re: barleywino

                    Karl's weisswurst is excellent.

                    1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                      thanks!

                      1. re: barleywino

                        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...

                        1. re: PinchOfSalt

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

                    2. re: barleywino

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

                      1. re: GretchenS

                        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.

                        1. re: Mayor of Melonville

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