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Telegraph, Oakland. Sausage sandwiches

drewskiSF Feb 9, 2012 01:46 PM

Day 8 of operation for Telegraph who took over the Mama Buzz Cafe space featuring housemade sausage sandwiches.

Display case by the counter with Pepple's donuts (organic, vegan) and bagels to provide their limited breakfast options. Still has the art gallery thing going on the back room. New side patio with picnic tables which will be great on warm days / nights. I overheard them saying they're building out a full kitchen in back.

Six housemade sausages ranging from Bahn [sic] Mi (coconut green curry pork with paté, cilantro, pickled carrots) to Whiskey Fennel to Wild Boar & Pear are $8-9 and come with chips. They also have a Grilled Cheese Sandwich or a Green Bean Sandwich for the meat-a-phobic.

Firestone IPA in a kegerator and other bottles are available.

The Wild Boar & Pear comes with caramelized onions and creamy coleslaw. It was a bit of a mess to eat (coleslaw juice was dripping everywhere), but delicious. The slaw had a mild spiciness from some jalepeno slices.

Very friendly staff. Can't wait to go back and try some of the other options.

Telegraph
2318 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 444-8353
http://Telegraphoakland.com

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    mayjay Feb 9, 2012 07:56 PM

    We were there Sunday and had the Merguez and the Wild Board & Pear. Yes, they were both messy. The Merguez had a good kick and was delicious. It had an aioli and salad greens. My SO liked the Wild Boar & Pear. Both were were split lengthwise and served on toasted hoagie rolls. The staff was very nice and the patio was good. I wish they had some options that were less than 8-9 dollars, but it's a really nice addition to the neighborhood.

    1. rworange Feb 11, 2012 04:10 PM

      The bahn mi is good. A chef who is a Chowhound favorite is in the kitchen.

      Address on yelp

      http://www.yelp.com/biz/telegraph-oak...

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      1. re: rworange
        drewskiSF Feb 11, 2012 05:51 PM

        Does "Mua" John have dark hair & a beard? That's who was cooking when I went.

        Do you know if he left Mua, or if this is an additional venture?

        1. re: drewskiSF
          rworange Feb 11, 2012 06:06 PM

          I got that info reading yelp so didn't want to take content from there that wasn't mine and post it here. Anyway, I did a follow up and asked if John was the owner and if he was from Mua. The answer was that he didn't own the joint but was currently working in the kitchen. Yes he was from Mua. I don't know how this effects his association with Mua though ... maybe this is just a start up consulting gig.

          Maybe a chowhound could do some sluething. I'm thinking of going back for the green bean sandwich but it probably won't be for a while.

          It was 8 in the morning when I went and John was out picking up the bagels for breakfast, so I didn't see him. When i asked if the sausage was house made the guy at the counter pointed to the grinder on the shelf in back of the register.

          1. re: rworange
            Robert Lauriston Feb 12, 2012 01:25 PM

            The ABC application lists him as the owner.

            http://www.abc.ca.gov/datport/LQSData...

            1. re: Robert Lauriston
              rworange Feb 12, 2012 10:35 PM

              I went back today and noticed the name 'John' in the application. I'm still recovering from being sick for so long so I didn't ask questions, but i noticed the application notice on the window had 'John' on it. The guy I talked to on the first visit seemed so adamant he wasn't the owner though.

              Anyway got the green bean sandwich and you can happily take a vegetarian friend.

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                shanghaikid Feb 25, 2012 05:48 PM

                i'm not a vegetarian and had the green bean. everything (pesto, bread) but the green bean was great. beans cold, bland, flavorless.....

                going back to meat.

      2. rworange Feb 25, 2012 04:43 PM

        Fabulous bagels ... more about Authentic Bagel Company bagels that Telegraph sells
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/835661

        Another heads up, it seems there is always some new sausage. Today I had the PBR Brat with slaw (Pork BeeR). This has been the favorites of all I tried here. It is pure pork pleasure with an interesting texture that is closer to a medium grind. Topped with great slaw, it was so good.

        One thing to note is the big "sausage" sign out front ... because the sandwiches are sausages inspired by whatever sandwich for which it is named .

        Philly cheese steak is a beef sausge with a little cheese in it. To me though, I would have named it Chicago Italian beef because the cheese in the sausage was muted so the focus was on the beef flavor and it was topped with wonderful thin tiny pickled peppers that tasted like the world's best giardiniera

        I love hanging out here. I love the sausages and such. It is a sunny weekend and such a nice place to soak in some rays on the patio or spend some time on a lap top with a sandwich and beer..

        They currently have a nice hefeweizen on tap. The cooler holds a selection of fancy and not so fancy beers. I appreciate this as a friend of mine prefers the not so fancy beers.

        They not only sell Mexican coke, but Mexican Fanta

        The outdoor patio is dog friendly. One lady asked for a bowl of water for her dog and they brought out a bowl for the pup.

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          hyperbowler Apr 14, 2012 10:46 PM

          They've simplified the menu. The only specialty sandwich is the banh mi, which I don't like very much. The remainder consist of housemade sausages served on a bun with a vinegar based cole slaw. They unfortunately no longer have the whiskey fennel sausage, but the boar and pear sausage was awesome so no complaints here. Ask for the housemade hot sauce--- it has a red bell pepper flavor that goes great as a dipping sauce for the potato chips or on the sausages.

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          1. re: hyperbowler
            Mission Apr 21, 2012 01:34 PM

            This place has a large open sunny beer garden which is quite impressive in such a urban setting.

            Very friendly staff too!

          2. Robert Lauriston Oct 20, 2013 10:26 AM

            Was craving sausage and beer last night, Hog's Apothecary had too long a wait and was pretty loud, tried Telegraph. Most of the beer garden was kind of cold but the covered back part with heaters was comfortable.

            Choice of five house-made sausages (chalkboard suggests a rotating selection), tried a brat and a longanisa. Flavors were very good, texture a bit soft, would have liked some snap in the casing. Nice slaw, good roll. Small but good selection of beers on tap, got a Mad River Red and Lagunitas IPA. Low prices, good value. Friendly staff, mellow atmosphere.

            Menu also has a variety of burgers and sandwiches.

            http://telegraphoakland.com/menu.html

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