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Best Sausages in Berkeley?

Hi -- I have been making the rounds both in supermarkets and butchers to find chicken or turkey sausages to cook at home and I'm striking out. I'm looking for something that is NOT spicy, is organic and has no dairy. So many seem to be incredibly salty (and I usually like salty things) or the casings are so tough that my 3 year old literally can't bite through them. Would prefer to buy them from one of my usual shops (Magnani, Monterey Market, Berkeley Natural or Trader Joe's), but will venture further afield if needed. Thanks! (I know this is a home cooking question, but it's specific to the SF Bay Area -- so I'm thinking this is the right place to post...)

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  1. The best sausage is probably at La Bedaine but it's pork. Perhaps he has expanded his menu since I last stopped there.

    1. Try Cafe Rouge, Market Hall and maybe Taylor's Sausage in Oakland (not likely organic).

      Taylor's Sausage
      907 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607

      Cafe Rouge
      1782 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710

        1. re: Glencora

          Yep. Husband says they have chicken apple, both large and small. We've never had them, since we usually want spicy.

        2. I think you might be in a bind, organic sausages are probably all going to use natural casings.

          You might try soy "sausages," or just buy ground meat and make your own fresh sausage patties.

          1. For your little one you might consider Rocky's Chicken Meatballs with basil and parmesan. Tasty, juicy and freezable. Quick prep in microwave and still good. No nasty casing.
            Per adult serving ;

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            1. Thanks, everyone. Tried the turkey sausage from Pasta Shop (4th Street location). One thumbs up, one down (from my kids), so I think I will try to make my own. Magnani says that if I call ahead they will grind dark meat chicken; the recipes I've been looking at say it's much more flavorful. Thanks, Wolfe, for the the La Bedaine link. I'll have to go there sometime -- I was looking at his CV and it said that he used to cook at Lameloise. I couldn't believe it when I read that! I went there -- when I was 10! -- and I remember my meal exactly!

              La Bedaine
              1585 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94706

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              1. re: jessinEC

                At Ver Brugge you can get your choice of either ground turkey thighs or ground turkey breasts.
                It's always there. No need to call ahead.

                1. re: jessinEC

                  You should go to La Bedaine for more than the sausages--cured fish, baked goods, exceptional rabbit in mustard sauce, and pate.

                  La Bedaine
                  1585 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94706

                  1. re: jessinEC

                    La Bedaine is great, but do they have any non-pork sausages?

                    La Bedaine
                    1585 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94706