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Jul 26, 2013 05:32 AM

SD Dish of the Month - August 2013 [The Sausage!]

a/k/a ‘Encased Meat’

The Hot Dog, Vienna, Chicken, Turkey, German Brat, Italian Pork, Polish Kielbasa, Spanish/Mexican Chorizo, Portuguese Linguica or Chourico, Boudin (offally good!), Andouille, English Banger, Breakfast Sausage. Just to name a few!

There are a lot of possibilities and options to find and taste, look forward to see Mr 12’s posts and opinions as well.

This is my last month as Dictator, hope I go out with a bang(er)!

My last official duty will be to ask for 4 dictators for the next year, each dictator will rule for 3 months.

First Quarter - Sept-Nov
December will be a ‘BYE’ month
Second Quarter - Jan - Mar
Third Quarter - Apr - June
Fourth Quarter - July-Sept

First Come First Served.

Hope the concept continues to work, let's keep movin it forward.

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    1. re: Fake Name

      Cold PBR Tallboy and a grilled sausage sandwich, what more could you ask for?

      1. re: cstr

        What more could I ask for?
        A better quality beer, for starters.

        1. re: Tripeler

          I think cstr was being mildly sarcastic about the Pabst, in a friendly way, in reference to an earlier discussion on another thread.

    2. Ahhh. Sausage. Move over Shamu.

      1. Oh dear, this means we will NEED to go to the pub in Alpine to sample their wares. Ohhhh the sacrifice.

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        1. re: Dagney

          Someone's gotta do it. We nominate...YOU :-)

          1. re: DiningDiva

            I am quite sure my husband will be more than willing to dive into August. The Alpine Pub also has an excellent selection of the "craft" beers. (sorry Fakey, but it's true. PBR just would not cut it, lol).


            1. re: Dagney

              I really enjoy the Alpine Brewery beers :-). Not the vanilla one, but most of the rest of them are pretty good

        2. Sounds like it's time for a pre-oktoberfest visit to Tip Top...

          1. Sausage and More Europeon Delicatessen
            12241 Woodside Avenue
            Lakeside, CA
            (619) 390-1514

            I'll write a full review later from a proper keyboard, but this place was excellent.

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            1. re: Dagney

              With a thumbs up from you, I'm sure this place is great, but jeees, what a long drive from SD...

              1. re: Dagney

                Okay, here it is....

                I had the Debreziner plate and my husband had the Bratwurst plate. You may order your sausage grilled or smoked; we ordered ours grilled. We shared one order of sauerkraut.

                The Debreziner is a Hungarian style sausage made with paprika and garlic. I had never tasted this type of sausage before, so I don't have a benchmark for comparison, but it was delicious. There was a wonderfully distinct snap when I bit into it and the combination of the paprika and garlic gave the sausage just enough heat to embellish the rich pork.

                Husband's Bratwurst had a smoky, smoky, flavor with a slightly spicy bite. He loved it and said it was on par with sausages he ate while visiting Germany.

                Our plates were served with potato salad and a pickle. Their potato salad was a completely new experience for us. The potatoes were cooked to perfectly soft goodness and the texture was more like almost-mashed. Bonus: The potato salad had small bits of sausage, but no mayonnaise or vinegar. Heavenly.

                The sauerkraut was fresh (well, you know) and warm. The most distinct thing about the sauerkraut was the lack of an overbearing salty/pickling spice. Theirs was mild and soothing on the palate. Same with the pickle, it was crisp and a little sweet, but not toooo sharp on the pickle spice favor.

                The one little nit pick was the bread. The sausages were served on a no-name, non-fancy non-"artisan", french roll. The sausages were such a hit though, so the plain bread was not an issue.

                Sausage and More is owned and operated by a woman who worked at the famed Sausage King for 10 years. She is a great character, a sturdy German woman who obviously takes pride in her work. They have been open for one year and based on the steady stream of German people we saw during our lunch, they will be around for many more.

                Highly recommend. We will go back. It is worth the drive to luxuriousness of Lakeside.


                1. re: Dagney

                  Good summary - What was the dressing of the potatoe salad - normally it is either mayo or vinegar. Did the french roll/broetchen had a crispy crust and do you know if the sauerkraut was house made ?

                  1. re: honkman

                    The potato salad had either a very light dressing, or none at all. The sauerkraut is made in house, not sure on the sausage.

                  2. re: Dagney

                    Went here last year, while housesitting in Lakeside, and picked up sausages and treats for a BBQ back home. While I appreciated the selection of German deli items, I was disappointed that nothing was made in house (can't say I noticed the potato salad though). We brought home brats and weiners for the grill and marzipan items for dessert. Everything was really good, but, ultimately, I could have ordered the same items online and had them delivered straight to me from their same suppliers... Any idea if they're making any sausages in house nowadays?