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WVRST: Anyone been lately

Planning on going to WVRST on Monday and I was wondering if anyone's been lately, and if so, what your recent experiences have been like?

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  1. I went about two-three weeks ago and I still enjoy it. Lively atmosphere on a Saturday night -- absolutely packed by 7PM.

    A good assortment of draft beers, tasty duck fat fries, and a nice selection of sausages, including the danger dog -- a bacon-wrapped hot dog. I quite like the merguez and I find that less is more when it comes to the toppings for sausage on a bun.

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    1. re: lsk

      Thank you for sharing your experience isk. I'm actually really looking forward to trying the duck fat fries. Have you tried the dirty fries? Because those look really good too! Also, this is going to sound weird, but the menu lists all of the sauces/condiments that you can add to your sausage, but there is no mention of good old fashioned mustard. Can I get mustard on my sausage?

      1. re: kwass

        Hi! Just went two weeks ago after work it was moderately packed. It was the first time I had come back in a few months but definitely still a busy place even after the hype has died down.

        I have never seen then offer mustard. Normally they just do the sauerkraut, onions or peppers from my understanding although upon request they may give you some mustard.

        Also in terms of the duck fat fries I find them awfully similar on taste to their regular fries and cannot notice a difference once I start dunking then in sauce! But definitely give it a try some of my friends swear by the duck fat fries only.

        1. re: mkhall

          Thanks mkhall for letting me know about the mustard situation. Might have to bring my own...lol! Have you tried the dirty fries?

          1. re: kwass

            I prefer the plain duck-fat fries, personally. Dirty fries are fun if you want toppings to your carbs, but I don't think they need it.

            1. re: kwass

              I didn't like them - the toppings (except the jalapeno I guess) all lean sweet and it just did nothing for me. Same with some of the dips, the flavours aren't balanced. That said, I like WVRST for what it is, a place to grab a couple of pints of good beer and a decent snack, maybe on the way to or from a game or club or whatever. I don't see it as a main event destination. I love the duck fries and I was surprised how much I liked the sausage on bun, because I usually think of this as a heavy combo and so ubiquitous from our street meat carts, but the bun is good quality, I loved the duck sausage and the portion was right.

              1. re: julesrules

                Cool! Good to know!! But what do you mean when you say the toppings are "lean and sweet"?

                1. re: kwass

                  I really enjoy Wvrst..I love the beer selection so often go there with friends for some pints. The food is really good and my favorite sausage would have to be the bison/blueberry. Also, there is mustard on all the tables. A few different kinds too! I guess its not on the menu because you put the mustard on yourself.

                  1. re: Jakis

                    Good to know about the mustard. Has anyone tried the poultry sausages or the vegetarian ones? My dining companion doesn't eat meat.

                    1. re: kwass

                      The chicken with peppers and chili powder is very good.

                      1. re: Jakis

                        Oh good. That's one of the ones I wanted to try.

                  2. re: kwass

                    Sorry... "lean sweet" as in are on the sweet side... bad phrasing on my part. The fried onions and peppers are sweetish and I think they use the currywurst sauce which is ketchup-based and sweet. There's no cheese or anything else savoury to balance and it didn't work for me.

                    1. re: julesrules

                      Oh ok. Thanks for letting me know they use currywurst sauce on the onions and peppers. Will stay away from them now. Not a fan of curry or ketchup.

                      1. re: kwass

                        I think it was the same... it was definitely ketchupy and sweet.

                        1. re: julesrules

                          Such a shame! I was looking forward to getting fried onions and peppers on my sausage.

                          1. re: kwass

                            If they're sweet, why not counter with one of the spicy sausages? The merguez might not work, but the chorizo might.

                        2. re: kwass

                          Ooops again, to clarify... I was talking about the dirty fries :) The onions and peppers themselves, although sweet, shouldn't have the sauce and might be fine on sausage. It was the combo of toppings on the dirty fries that added up to an overly sweet experience.

                          1. re: julesrules

                            No. I understood that you were talking about the dirty fries. But what about the sauteed onions and peppers that can be added to the sausages, are they in a sauce as well?

                              1. re: kwass

                                Hey - no they are just sort of sauteed. No sauces!