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Jul 16, 2011 06:13 PM

What's the most ethnic sausage maker and rye bread bakery in the area?

Coming for a visit and only have time on Friday afternoon to stock up.
Please tell me the place!

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    1. You don't specify just which ethnicity you're looking for. Kramarczuk's would be one of my top choices, for sure. But if you were talking about something like Swedish Potato Sausage or Lap Cheong, Kramarczuk's would not be my first choice.

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      1. re: steve_in_stpaul

        Swedish Potato Sausage, Lap Cheong, those sound interesting. Tell more please.

        1. re: JayDK

          Oh, well, if you don't need rye bread and sausage from the same place, then you must go to the Hmong Market in St. Paul for Hmong sausages. Or, maybe Sun Foods on University Ave in St. Paul.

          Ingebretsen's on Lake St. in Minneapolis would be the place for Scandinavian housemade deli products.

          Not ethnic, but Seward Co-op on Franklin in Minneapolis does some pretty good house-made sausage as well. Local and good would be Heartland's deli in downtown St. Paul. I'd call ahead to see what they have before making the trek over (depending on where you're staying) as it will vary.


          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            Everett's in Minneapolis has great potato sausage as well. I prefer it to Ingebretsen's myself.

          2. re: JayDK

            TDQ has covered the topic well!

            Jay, the Hmong Marketplace is worth the trip even if you're not buying sausages. It's been discussed in a few threads on this board. It may be a threat to a good chunk of the few hours you said you have, however, so you may want to focus your mission there or save it for a future trip. On the other hand, the likes of Hmong Marketplace are very few and far between.

            They like us to discuss where to get stuff rather than the stuff itself here, so a Web search will fill you in on Lap Cheong and Swedish Potato Sausage and the like.

            I will mention that Lap Cheong is fairly widely available at the numerous Asian groceries in town (there's a spate of them running down University Avenue, along with Sun and with Shuang Hur, an Asian supermarket I prefer a little to Sun (more expensive but a bit more attractive).

            Another interesting source of rye bread could be a Russian market. The market I'm most familiar with is Kiev, which is in Sibley Plaza not far from the Airport, but I'm sure others carry a variety of eastern-European-style breads. Some of the breads are "imported" from Chicago, so they may not be anything special depending on where you're coming from, but they're still good.

            1. re: stymie

              Oh yeah! now we're talkin'.
              I feel like Homer Simpson in a donut shop.

              1. re: stymie

                How have I never heard of this place before!!?!!??

                1. re: steve_in_stpaul

                  Yeah. That's what I was thinking. Close to Kramarchucks too.

                  1. re: steve_in_stpaul

                    It's our little neighborhood secret. It is also the only grocery store in the city in which you can also buy beer, wine and liquor.

                    Their kielbasa is tops.

                    1. re: Foureyes137

                      and, as my ma commented, "it's very. . . interesting." def under the hipster radar. :)

                      1. re: Foureyes137

                        And possibly the only liquor store with a larger variety of beer is Surdyk's, next to Kramarczuk's.

                        1. re: John E.

                          Yup...Northeast has it all. Yay us.

                          1. re: John E.

                            Beer advocate gives Surdyk's an A- and gives Blue Max in Burnsville an A!!!!

                            1. re: sandylc

                              Indeed. But you have to drive to Burnsville which would probably net it to a C or something.

                            2. re: John E.

                              Sentyrz Market rates an A- by Beer Advocate, as well. Not a bad grade, by any means.

                        2. re: stymie

                          Wow! I just sent the link to my son. Guaranteed he'd be there within the week. He has a "Phd" from beer "college" and makes his own sausage - looks like he'll fit in well there. Thanks!

                        3. Wow! What a great response.
                          It's one of those trips where the best opportunity for this kind of shopping is on the way to the airport leaving Fri at 6 pm. What's the traffic like?

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                          1. re: JayDK

                            Does your plane leave at 6pm? If so, you will likely need to hit the sausage shop by at least 3:30p or so to drive to the airport and get there with enough time to spare. If someone is dropping you off at the airport and you plan on making a stop in NE Minneapis on the way to the airport, do yourself (and your ride) a favor and have them drop you off downtown at one of the light-rail stops. It will take you to the airport in about 20 minutes without the hassle of driving.

                          2. Cecil's in St. Paul for a great selection of rye breads.