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Best Sausages in Berkeley?

jessinEC May 11, 2011 12:08 PM

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...)

  1. j
    jessinEC May 18, 2011 08:39 PM

    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
      escargot3 May 19, 2011 09:54 AM

      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
        Windy May 19, 2011 05:59 PM

        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
          Robert Lauriston May 19, 2011 06:37 PM

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

          La Bedaine
          1585 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94706

        2. wolfe May 12, 2011 11:26 AM

          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. re: wolfe
            Ruth Lafler May 19, 2011 02:18 PM

            Rocky isn't organic -- Rosie is.

            1. re: Ruth Lafler
              wolfe May 19, 2011 02:38 PM

              Rosie doesn't have balls.

          2. Robert Lauriston May 12, 2011 09:55 AM

            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. Glencora May 11, 2011 01:59 PM

              Ver Brugge might have it.

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              1. re: Glencora
                Glencora May 11, 2011 05:29 PM

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

              2. m
                ML8000 May 11, 2011 01:03 PM

                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. wolfe May 11, 2011 12:25 PM

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

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