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Good Friends & Rygwelski's Brats & Kielbasa -[R]ogers City, MI

rainsux Apr 24, 2012 09:39 AM

A few years ago I spent a week in Rogers City. I went for the solitude. One of the the
regular 'Hounds mentioned Rygwelski's IGA as making good brats and kielbasa. The
recommendation was dead-on.

I liked them so much that I bought a large cooler and filled it. That supply was exhausted
~one year ago. Sigh. I've tried the various tube steaks made in metro-Detroit. They were
merely good, not great.

Yesterday I got a call from good friends. They remembered the brats that everyone raved
over at a cookout ... had something to-do with Rogers City. They were driving thru Rogers
City ... asked a few questions and were directed to R's.

Yesterday, noon-ish, they called. Said that they were bringing me a surprise from Rogers
City. What else could it be? I was thrilled.

Their care package was one pkg of four [yes, 4] brats and one pkg of four [count'm 4]
kielbasa. I certainly appreciate the thought ... but they aren't get promoted to "great
friend" status with that particular tube steak tease.

  1. coney with everything Apr 26, 2012 05:03 AM

    I think you need a road trip. Go up 23, stop at Klenows in Tawas for bacon and smoked fish (and Spatz bread!), then up the coast to RC. Could even stop in Pinconning for cheese...

    Dammit. Now I REALLY want to go up north.

    5 Replies
    1. re: coney with everything
      Wooderson Apr 26, 2012 08:48 AM

      I'll be spending a week in Tawas this summer and a run up to Rygwelski's IGA sounds like a good day trip. The in-laws will think I am crazy for making a 200 mile round trip just for tubed meats but if Rainsux and GoatGolfer are willing to fly up, they must be good. BTW, a little birdie dropped off 6 loaves of Spatz yesterday, half a dozen toasted and buttered slices later I was satiated :)

      1. re: Wooderson
        VTB Apr 26, 2012 12:38 PM

        Is this thread all simply an extended ruse, of erotic subtext that is just going over my head?

        1. re: VTB
          goatgolfer Apr 26, 2012 04:18 PM

          VTB:::Feel the earth grasshopper. We are in a real search for MI based German wares. Rainsux has a plane, we have a plan and if you fly along we can bring ~!50# less stowage. You can particpate vicariously. This is not JT Shanghai!!.

          However, JP has the China box which may be necessary for such a party.

          1. re: goatgolfer
            VTB Apr 26, 2012 05:01 PM

            Hmmm, okay. Should we arrange on Google Detroit Chow?
            PS--Rainsux hasn't weighed-in as to whether it is acceptable to have another 187LBS of dead weight displacing valuable edible cargo.
            PPS--too bad Cw/E's husband would never let her join; because, she is a wirery 97LB chowhound who would displace very little cargo (but might consume much of it if someone wasn't keeping an eye on it.)

            1. re: VTB
              coney with everything Apr 27, 2012 04:29 AM

              "PPS--too bad Cw/E's husband would never let her join; because, she is a wirery 97LB chowhound who would displace very little cargo (but might consume much of it if someone wasn't keeping an eye on it.)"

              Sweet of you to say, but so very very wrong :)

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      goatgolfer Apr 25, 2012 01:24 PM

      They have an airport PZQ and I am sure Rygwelski's would send a runner for a big order? I'll go in on fuel?????

      5 Replies
      1. re: goatgolfer
        rainsux Apr 25, 2012 04:15 PM

        You are reading my mind! I called the PZQ airport mgr; no crew car, but he offered me his car.

        1. re: rainsux
          VTB Apr 25, 2012 05:34 PM

          Would FedEx be cheating?

          1. re: VTB
            rainsux Apr 26, 2012 03:24 AM

            R...ski's says that UPS is an option, but that would deny me a trip to the my man cave.

        2. re: goatgolfer
          rainsux Apr 26, 2012 03:26 AM

          You, me, full fuel load ... Leaves room for ~500# of tube steaks.

          1. re: rainsux
            VTB Apr 26, 2012 04:38 AM

            You better get there before the Sept 7 Posen (Polish) Potato Festival, nearby, because I'm sure that is a drag on kielbasa inventories. Yum!

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          INDIANRIVERFL Apr 25, 2012 12:59 PM

          And I am sure they helped you eat them.

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            RedTop Apr 25, 2012 04:21 AM


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