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Karl's Sausage Kitchen... Still got it's groove?

Greetings all - Have only been to the new store once, and found it good but perhaps lacking some of the character of the old joint in Saugus.
Thoughts on offerings at the new place?
Quality still there? Bacon in particular, but wondering about pork chops and other porcine delights.
An old Chowhound favorite, not mentioned much around here any more.

Best!

DW

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  1. I have been several times, most recently 2 weeks ago. The sausages (weisswurst, knockwurst, bauernwurst, rostbratwurst) and bacon are as stellar as ever.

    1. The new store doesn't have the "Swiss cottage" feel of the old one, but I'm happy to trade that for the ability to move around and shop for a wider selection!

      The meats are just as great as always. I haven't tried their new deli, so I can't comment on that.

      1. The sausages, bacon, pork chops, &c are of the same high quality as ever. They have more space and have expanded some of their offerings as well as opened cafe service. Like Boston-otter, I haven't eaten at the cafe, so can't vouch for it, but little has changed in terms of the meat offerings.

        The new space is big and comfortable -- I just wish the location were as convenient for me as the old one was.

        1. Haven't been to the new store yet. It's just too far from my regular stomping grounds for me to make a special trip. Having said that, I know I will miss the ambiance of the old place... the crowding inside, the small parking lot, the thrill of getting on and off route 1, they all somehow contributed to the experience.

          Now just look what you've done. I want some knockwurst... and some bacon... and some weisswurst... OMG.

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          1. re: PinchOfSalt

            you'll hate yourself if you don't go soon! :)

          2. Like others, I've been there several times, and can concur that if anything the move was an upgrade. Everything is the same as before, quality-wise, but now there's more of it. And more room to breathe.

            Only complaint is the parking lot, which is tiny. There is a HUGE and seemingly always empty lot next door with signs saying not to park there. WTF?

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            1. re: davis_sq_pro

              I'll definitely second the parking lot complaint. Their restaurant has ample seating, the new location has wide aisles and a spacious meat counter... and, what, about four parking spaces, it seems like?

            2. I had a knockwurst from my freezer stash along with some sauerkraut from Karl's for dinner tonight -- heaven!!

              1. I enjoy the new store more than the old one. I can actually see the items on the shelves, and you can review the whole deli case while waiting to order your wurst. I have a client nearby and often find myself heading over to the shop for a cup of soup at lunchtime.

                There are actually 11 parking spaces, but three are generally taken by employees. No idea why the landlord next door is so adamant about parking, but there it is.

                To comment on the deli items? Fabulous. I just haven't had a better crafted sausage in the boston area, and the bacon is stellar.

                1. I haven't been to the new location but have friend who stops there periodically and bring my husband a supply of sausages. Everything he has brought had been fabulous-particularly their knock and bratwurst. The closest I can find on the south shore is the Smokehouse in Norwell, which is quite good but doesn't have the selection like Karl's.

                  1. Never been before and stopped by new location Sun afternoon....very helpful folks behind counter recommended some good sausages for the grill. Picked up rolls, mustard and saurkraut"..YUM! Family loved our impromptu dinner and boy will I be back!

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                    1. re: bostongal

                      Other things to try when you go back:
                      - The bacon, especially the triple-smoked bacon
                      - The 'coarse-grind' liverwurst
                      - Bierwurst, which is just a nice mild lunchmeat for snacking
                      - Weisswurst
                      - Headcheese, which I know sounds horrible, but just give it a try!

                      1. re: Boston_Otter

                        Bierwurst is worth the price of admission alone. I swear every time I go I get more of it an the previous time

                    2. Just back from a trip to Karl's to restock the freezer -- various wursts, bacon (including some cut 1/2 thick for lardons, different sliced cold cuts including a new-to-me Hungarian style salami loaded with paprika (they were sampling it and it was love at first bite). The cafe was bustling. It seems to me that they had slightly more in stock than they used to in the old place. Whatever character may be lacking (and to me not much) it is worth it for the increased space. Karl's still rocks! And for me, combines well with a pit stop at Fred's Franks where I had a wonderfully charred but juicy kielbasa.