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

cstr Jul 26, 2013 05:32 AM

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. Fake Name RE: cstr Jul 26, 2013 08:37 AM

    Sausage Dictator!

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    1. re: Fake Name
      cstr RE: Fake Name Jul 27, 2013 11:33 AM

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

      1. re: cstr
        Tripeler RE: cstr Jul 27, 2013 03:43 PM

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

        1. re: Tripeler
          DoctorChow RE: Tripeler Jul 27, 2013 05:28 PM

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

    2. d
      DoctorChow RE: cstr Jul 26, 2013 10:10 AM

      Ahhh. Sausage. Move over Shamu.

      1. Dagney RE: cstr Jul 26, 2013 03:34 PM

        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
          DiningDiva RE: Dagney Jul 26, 2013 04:46 PM

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

          1. re: DiningDiva
            Dagney RE: DiningDiva Jul 27, 2013 05:51 PM

            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
              DiningDiva RE: Dagney Jul 28, 2013 08:49 AM

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

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          The Office Goat RE: cstr Jul 28, 2013 07:38 PM

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

          1. Dagney RE: cstr Jul 30, 2013 03:46 PM

            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
              DoctorChow RE: Dagney Jul 30, 2013 11:25 PM

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

              1. re: Dagney
                Dagney RE: Dagney Jul 31, 2013 12:57 AM

                Okay, here it is....http://sausageandmore.com/

                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.


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                  honkman RE: Dagney Jul 31, 2013 06:53 AM

                  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
                    Dagney RE: honkman Jul 31, 2013 01:23 PM

                    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
                    CampySD RE: Dagney Jul 31, 2013 08:20 AM

                    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?

                    1. re: Dagney
                      pRon RE: Dagney Jul 31, 2013 08:09 PM

                      Here's a yelp to that...


                  3. pRon RE: cstr Aug 1, 2013 05:52 AM

                    Let's not forget the poor mans version!

                    Costco $1.50 dog with drink and a refill...d;^)

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                      Cathy RE: pRon Aug 1, 2013 06:12 AM

                      Remember to ask for a side of kraut-it's free and makes the sandwich.

                      1. re: pRon
                        Fake Name RE: pRon Aug 1, 2013 07:25 AM

                        Poorer-person's solution- 2 for $1.50 over at IKEA.

                        All that and the bag of chips.

                        1. re: Fake Name
                          cstr RE: Fake Name Aug 2, 2013 05:13 AM

                          Dang, I was at Costco and had the dog, I thought I'd start on a low rung of the ladder. I look at it like this; I paid 1.50 for the soft drink with refill and got a free dog. The all beef dog was good with a squiggle of mustard and some chopped onion. Next time I'll try it with kraut.

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                        DoctorChow RE: cstr Aug 1, 2013 03:43 PM

                        First stop for this month’s Dish of the Month was Shakespeare, a haunt of mine from another era where I used to like to drink beer and play darts. I ordered the bangers and mash and the 20-oz draft of the day (week?) which was a nice smooth IPA, not over-hopped. The sausages were British style, of course, not pungent but very mild and sweet, with a hint of licorice in the background, and soft but with a solid texture. Cooked just right, and covered with a tasty canned gravy, and onions that had been grilled to perfection for this dish -- sill a little firm and onion-y. The mashed potatoes were fresh-made and had just the right texture for my taste, with lots of little potato chunks in them. Very nice. I could have lived without the frozen (or canned) peas, but ate them anyway. They tasted good when I got to the end, with some of the remaining gravy. Friendly, attentive service. I left properly full and jolly, and so do recommend.

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                        1. re: DoctorChow
                          Fake Name RE: DoctorChow Aug 2, 2013 04:03 PM

                          I just returned from the Shakespeare, and had the bangers and mash lunch.

                          The view was ok, and I enjoyed the Bass Ale.

                          1. re: Fake Name
                            RB Hound RE: Fake Name Aug 2, 2013 08:54 PM

                            Ah, the Shakespeare. I remember when they had one of the more interesting beer selections in town, and I've not been here *that* long.

                            I also now think I remember where somebody lives. I think I had my fish shops confused. :)

                            1. re: RB Hound
                              cstr RE: RB Hound Aug 3, 2013 04:02 AM

                              It's amazing what you can say without saying. Just say'n!

                            2. re: Fake Name
                              DoctorChow RE: Fake Name Aug 2, 2013 10:22 PM

                              Glad you enjoyed the ale! Yup, that's pretty much what it looked like yesterday, except that the potatoes had been dimpled with a pool of gravy inside. Well, I warned you about the canned gravy and peas now, didn't I? I thought it was a tasty and filling lunch for $9. Maybe the sausages weren't the large char-grilled kind you may have been expecting, but the British use more than one kind of sausage and more than one kind of cooking for bangers and mash. These were small sausages, baked and then briefly grilled without charring the skin. Moist, soft but firm texture, and flavorful.

                              1. re: DoctorChow
                                cstr RE: DoctorChow Aug 3, 2013 04:03 AM

                                Canned peas, really? I agree bangers are usually on the thin side. I do like their fish & chips.

                                1. re: cstr
                                  DoctorChow RE: cstr Aug 3, 2013 11:11 AM

                                  Well, they tasted like they were canned. Maybe frozen, IDK. They were pretty soft. I didn't care for them.

                                  1. re: DoctorChow
                                    Fake Name RE: DoctorChow Aug 3, 2013 11:41 AM

                                    I thought the peas were fine.

                                    I harbor no fantasy that Chef Nigel of Stratford-On-Avon gathers them fresh in his gathered-up toque from the fresh produce garden somewhere in the spacious micro-farm plot behind the Shakespeare, followed by a loving wash in cold spring water, the pods massaged open by sun-kissed fair-skinned maids from the nearby village, wearing bleached white bonnets and flowing grey uniform dresses.

                                    1. re: Fake Name
                                      DoctorChow RE: Fake Name Aug 3, 2013 12:57 PM

                                      Wow, that's exactly the fantasy I *did* harbor when I ordered this $9 lunch! Amazing! Actually, I guess the problem is that I just don't like peas that much (except fresh ones, which are rare). Maybe I should have mixed them in with the mash, like you did. Good idea.

                                      1. re: DoctorChow
                                        Dagney RE: DoctorChow Aug 3, 2013 02:59 PM

                                        Anyway peas are completely repulsive.

                                        1. re: Dagney
                                          Fake Name RE: Dagney Aug 3, 2013 04:13 PM

                                          Aww, Krupke....

                                          Gonna havta yum your yuk on this one, Kojak.

                                          Peas are good. Like tiny water balloons of flavor. Especially in mashed potatoes and carbonara, or with some high-dolla French butter.

                                          1. re: Fake Name
                                            honkman RE: Fake Name Aug 3, 2013 04:51 PM

                                            Peas are great but not in carbonara - too sweet

                                            1. re: honkman
                                              Fake Name RE: honkman Aug 3, 2013 07:45 PM


                                              Ok, I guess.

                                              I shall endeavor to avoid them in the future.


                                              1. re: Fake Name
                                                honkman RE: Fake Name Aug 3, 2013 09:36 PM

                                                Perfect - another carbonara saved from disaster

                                              2. re: honkman
                                                cstr RE: honkman Aug 7, 2013 05:33 AM

                                                Peas in carbonara??? My Italian grandparents are rolling in their grave.

                                                1. re: cstr
                                                  Dagney RE: cstr Aug 7, 2013 01:03 PM

                                                  Finally! A voice of reason.

                                              3. re: Fake Name
                                                Dagney RE: Fake Name Aug 4, 2013 07:18 AM

                                                Krupke? lol, LOVE the reference...:))

                                                Peas are one of those horrible but healthy foods forced upon me as a child. The trauma of choking down a plate of peas is still fresh in my mind. String beans too. No. Never.

                                    2. re: DoctorChow
                                      Fake Name RE: DoctorChow Aug 3, 2013 05:44 AM

                                      The food was not BAD- it's exactly what that dish is supposed to be. It's British pub food. Zzzzzzzzzz.

                                      I wouldn't have gone there except for a set of unusual circumstances that placed me there, hungry, and in a rush.

                                      I did enjoy mixing the peas with the mashed.

                                2. Dagney RE: cstr Aug 1, 2013 09:20 PM

                                  Just ran across the Mastiff Sausage Company truck in the Gaslamp....they had already closed for the day so I could not indulge, however, I chatted with the owner, who was extremely pleasant. They make their own sausage and their own sauces FROM SCRATCH.

                                  760 504 3834

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                                  1. re: Dagney
                                    DoctorChow RE: Dagney Aug 1, 2013 09:25 PM

                                    What kinds of sausages and sauces do they offer, Dagney?

                                    1. re: DoctorChow
                                      ipsedixit RE: DoctorChow Aug 2, 2013 09:10 PM


                                      I've tried their chicken sausage, nice bite and flavor but a little loose and dry. Definitely needs the kraut. A bit pricey.

                                      1. re: ipsedixit
                                        DoctorChow RE: ipsedixit Aug 2, 2013 10:04 PM

                                        Took a look at the menu. Looks and sounds interesting. I'm always into trying new things, but I'm a traditionalist when it comes to bratwurst, having been raised in Milwaukee and with family in Sheboygan. Might be good, but I think they have their toppings for the hot dog and the brat backwards. Prices do seem a little high.

                                        1. re: ipsedixit
                                          cstr RE: ipsedixit Aug 3, 2013 04:06 AM

                                          Not as pricey as Linkery.

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                                            Fake Name RE: cstr Aug 3, 2013 05:40 AM

                                            Tip is not included.

                                            1. re: cstr
                                              ipsedixit RE: cstr Aug 3, 2013 10:45 AM

                                              And, it shouldn't be ... it's a damn truck.

                                      2. Stiflers_Mom RE: cstr Aug 3, 2013 11:45 AM

                                        Checked out Salt & Cleaver. There are a couple of different directions you can go with the menu. They have a custom menu - pick sausage, pick toppings, pick sauce, and decide if you want it on the house bun or a bed of greens (yes, Suzie's Farms). The second is a "protected" menu of chef-designed, we respectfully decline modifications, offering of sausages - ribeye, pork belly, duck & bacon, lobster, etc. with pre-designated fixins.

                                        We opted to go fairly basic on our first visit and split the Nuremberg brat (veal & pork) with kraut and grilled onions on a Sadie Rose bun and a side of fries. The brat was outstanding - nice snap to it and exceptionally juicy. The fries - advertised as twice fried and skin on - came straight out of the fryer and were excellent, as well.

                                        My only issue with the meal was with the beer or, more specifically, the beer pricing. This was the second time in a week we had visited a new establishment and noticed that most of the local beers had a $7 or $8 price tag. I don't mind supporting the "everything local" movement and I understand rents are high in San Diego, but passing on that much of the burden to the customer seems excessive.

                                        Otherwise, good meal, the staff was very friendly, they have nice patio (a little loud on 5th Ave), and definitely worth a visit.

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                                        1. re: Stiflers_Mom
                                          ipsedixit RE: Stiflers_Mom Aug 3, 2013 06:14 PM

                                          Just curious, Mom, what do you think is a fair price for SD's finest on tap?

                                          I seriously have no idea, and am curious as to your thoughts.

                                          For example, at Bottlecraft it seems like most bottles (750ml) are around $10-12.

                                          1. re: ipsedixit
                                            RB Hound RE: ipsedixit Aug 3, 2013 11:22 PM

                                            $6/pint reasonable in a bar. If you go during a locals night at O'
                                            Brien's, you might find it at $3.75.

                                            If this were a 16 oz pour (a "true pint", that is a good price). At any rate, that is not way out of line.

                                            1. re: RB Hound
                                              Stiflers_Mom RE: RB Hound Aug 5, 2013 06:34 AM

                                              I'd go along with RB Hound on his pricing. We stopped at the Regal Beagle yesterday and had a St. Archer Pale ale and an Alesmith X - both $5. (we also had the German Garlic sausage which was good with some way overdone tater tots).

                                              Maybe I should have pointed out that the beers at S&C were nothing uncommon - an Ironfist Blonde and a Port Wipeout. I also didn't mention that after S&C, we walked next door to Local Habit and had a Stone/Rip Current Coconut IPA and a Drakes Aroma Coma -both $6.

                                              At the end of the day, with the truly generous selection of beer joints located in San Diego, you can probably find and/or pay what you want if you just look around. If you don't mind paying a little extra to eat/drink in a specific locale, I guess 15%-25% more per pint isn't excessive. Cheers.

                                              1. re: Stiflers_Mom
                                                cstr RE: Stiflers_Mom Aug 5, 2013 08:10 AM

                                                'Stone/Rip Current Coconut IPA and a Drakes Aroma Coma ' I bet Fakey named both of those beers!

                                                1. re: cstr
                                                  Fake Name RE: cstr Aug 5, 2013 08:46 AM

                                                  LimeCoconut RammaLammaDingDong.

                                                  It's all marketing, folks.

                                                  1. re: Fake Name
                                                    JRSD RE: Fake Name Aug 5, 2013 07:10 PM

                                                    Close, its Stone/Rip Current/Robert Masterson and Ryan Reschan Coconut IPA.

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                                                      Fake Name RE: JRSD Aug 5, 2013 07:22 PM

                                                      Bat Masterson Western Six-gun Porter

                                            2. re: ipsedixit
                                              honkman RE: ipsedixit Aug 4, 2013 10:25 AM

                                              Between $5.5 and $7 for local draft beer as you get it at Starlite, Urban Solace or Alchemy would be reasonable

                                              1. re: honkman
                                                ipsedixit RE: honkman Aug 4, 2013 05:12 PM

                                                So do you think $1 to $1.50 more would be "excessive"?

                                                1. re: ipsedixit
                                                  honkman RE: ipsedixit Aug 4, 2013 05:32 PM

                                                  Excessive - no, more on the high side but still in a reasonable range. It also depends which beer they offer on tap. Some more unusuals justify a higher price tag than for example your standard Racer5 or Arrogant Bastard

                                              2. re: ipsedixit
                                                cstr RE: ipsedixit Aug 5, 2013 05:41 AM

                                                A 16 oz local craft draft between 6-9, bottles of local craft 8-12.

                                                1. re: ipsedixit
                                                  DoctorChow RE: ipsedixit Aug 5, 2013 07:34 PM

                                                  Wines served in restaurants are typically priced about twice what you’d pay at retail. That’s pretty traditional, and so I’m never shocked to see a $15 retail bottle on a wine list for $30.

                                                  Craft beers are about $1.50 for a 12 oz bottle at retail, if you buy it in the least economical way -- a 6-pack, and not on sale. If beer were marked up by a restaurant the same as wine, the same bottle should cost about $3 when served at the table.

                                                  Still, in the more overhead-heavy restaurants I’m ok with paying as much as $5 for 12 oz bottle of brew, even though that’s over three times retail. I’m much happier when it’s more like $3.50, though, in a simpler place.

                                                  Now here’s my logic. If a 12 oz beer costs $5 at the table, a 16 oz pour should be roughly $6.50.

                                                  But wait. Draft should be less expensive than bottled beer, given the “bulk” discount of a keg (am I missing something?). So my personal upper limit, excepting special cases or occasions, is about $6 for a pint in a restaurant. Much more than that and I’ll pass.

                                                  The other day I got a very good 20 oz draft IPA for $5 at Shakespeare. That’s more like it.

                                                  1. re: DoctorChow
                                                    DougOLis RE: DoctorChow Aug 5, 2013 10:47 PM

                                                    Wine is normally 3-4 times marked up for most bottles. Maybe 2 times for high end stuff but not at the lower-mid levels.

                                                    1. re: DougOLis
                                                      DoctorChow RE: DougOLis Aug 6, 2013 09:43 AM

                                                      I think you're referring to markup from wholesale. Retail wine prices are typically 150% of wholesale.

                                                      1. re: DoctorChow
                                                        honkman RE: DoctorChow Aug 6, 2013 12:37 PM

                                                        High-end restaurant, e.g. French Laundry but also many others, tend to have often around 3-4 times markup from the retail prices. There is a reason that despite high corkage fees (~$75) people still often prefer to bring their own wines

                                                        1. re: honkman
                                                          DoctorChow RE: honkman Aug 6, 2013 01:10 PM

                                                          I guess I need to get out to these high-end restaruants more often! Meanwhile, returning to sausage and beer... :)

                                                          1. re: DoctorChow
                                                            Stiflers_Mom RE: DoctorChow Aug 6, 2013 01:43 PM

                                                            speaking of sausage...


                                                            1. re: Stiflers_Mom
                                                              Dagney RE: Stiflers_Mom Aug 6, 2013 06:42 PM

                                                              oh dear.

                                                              1. re: Stiflers_Mom
                                                                DiningDiva RE: Stiflers_Mom Aug 6, 2013 10:18 PM

                                                                Oh my. . .

                                                                1. re: DiningDiva
                                                                  RB Hound RE: DiningDiva Aug 7, 2013 07:36 AM

                                                                  I never thought of it this way, but Taco Bell probably does make one want to run to the border - to get real Mexican food. :)

                                                                2. re: Stiflers_Mom
                                                                  cstr RE: Stiflers_Mom Aug 7, 2013 05:36 AM

                                                                  Oh Mom, that's disgusting, what an awful color on that waffle! I'd rather die of starvation than eat that.

                                                                  1. re: cstr
                                                                    Stiflers_Mom RE: cstr Aug 7, 2013 06:54 AM

                                                                    Come on, everyone knows fast food always looks better in real life than in promo pics.

                                                                    Another thing to consider, given the waffle taco is brought to you by Taco Bell, is that they are probably using some form of heritage pork sausage patty, pastured eggs, and a high quality maple syrup on these little symmetrical bundles of breakfast love.

                                                                    1. re: Stiflers_Mom
                                                                      Fake Name RE: Stiflers_Mom Aug 7, 2013 07:54 AM

                                                                      Will it be offered with Morningstar Scrambles for a healthy start to my day?

                                                                      1. re: Fake Name
                                                                        Stiflers_Mom RE: Fake Name Aug 7, 2013 08:47 AM

                                                                        Morningstar Scrambles might drop the item below the current 30 grams of fat threshold - which, I believe, is a minimum requirement for any item on the TB menu.

                                                                        Healthy vs. non-healthy issues aside, I can only fantasize that the savory elements of the waffle taco would make it a perfect dipping candidate for a craft beer ice cream float on a Sunday morning. Total brunchiness.

                                                                        1. re: Fake Name
                                                                          cstr RE: Fake Name Aug 7, 2013 09:10 AM

                                                                          Will go well with that Tallboy!

                                                                        2. re: Stiflers_Mom
                                                                          cstr RE: Stiflers_Mom Aug 7, 2013 09:10 AM

                                                                          Heritage Pork?Real Maple Syrup?, Pastured Eggs?..... and I'm going to win Powerball tonight!

                                                                          1. re: cstr
                                                                            Fake Name RE: cstr Aug 7, 2013 09:22 AM

                                                                            No- Hermitage Pork.

                                                                            Russian stuff.

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                                                        DoctorChow RE: cstr Aug 6, 2013 07:43 PM

                                                        Tried the Thai sausage fried rice at Sab-E-Lee in LV this evening, and if I were FN, I’d probably say: “I enjoyed the Thai tea”, and stop there. I’ve never before been disappointed by the food here, so I was surprised. The plate was 95% rice with some veggies ordinaires thrown in, along with what must have been a single short link of sausage sliced diagonally into 1/8” pieces. I plowed through the rice to get at the sausage, but that proved to be the biggest disappointment. It was sweet (that was the best part) but had an acrid, sour note to it. It was also pretty dry. It had none of the wonderful bouquet of flavors and freshly-prepared aromatic juiciness that I remember from the sidewalk carts in Thailand. I still prefer this place for Thai food, but will pass on their sausage in the future. The rice was good.

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                                                        1. re: DoctorChow
                                                          honkman RE: DoctorChow Aug 6, 2013 10:58 PM

                                                          The sausage is Issan-style and fermented so that it should taste sour

                                                          1. re: honkman
                                                            DoctorChow RE: honkman Aug 7, 2013 09:52 AM

                                                            Thanks for clarifying. The ones I remember from Thailand must have been a different type then, or else the sour character was more subtle. Anyway, I didn't care for these.

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                                                          DoctorChow RE: cstr Aug 8, 2013 03:38 PM

                                                          Just back from having my socks knocked off by the best bratwurst I’ve had outside Milwaukee or Munich, and better than many in those places. I ordered a smoked pork bratwurst with sauerkraut. It came to the table quickly (well, it was mid-afternoon) and the service was friendly. I got a Stone Cali-Belique to go with it (don’t get started, FN), and it paired perfectly.

                                                          The brat itself was of regulation size, and had been grilled to perfection. The skin had just the right crunchiness with several wide sear marks from the grill. The flavor was true brat; the texture and juiciness wonderful. The sauerkraut was mild and flavorful, and had been properly patted dry so it didn’t soak the bun. (I’d asked for the kraut on top of the brat, of course.) The bun was excellent. It too had been grilled, outer side down, so that the crust was lightly toasted and crispy and also had sear marks. The flavor of the bun was just wonderful all by itself.

                                                          I topped it with the spicy horseradish mustard that was available at the table, which was as good as any in Wisconsin. In fact, it tasted a lot like Beer & Brat, my favorite horseradish mustard for home-grilling brats (at least among those that I can easily get here in SD, anyway).

                                                          But then came the bill, and it was shocking. Gasp! Call 911! Heart attack!

                                                          The brat was all of $6 and the beer $4. Is that a great price or what? Maybe it was happy hour (at 2:30?). Whatever. That’s what a brat and a beer should cost. Wunderbar!

                                                          If I sound like I'm being effusive, well, that’s because I am. Will I go back? Why do you ask.

                                                          And so where was this outstanding brat -- and amazing deal -- to be had? Salt and Cleaver.

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                                                          1. re: DoctorChow
                                                            Fake Name RE: DoctorChow Aug 8, 2013 04:58 PM

                                                            Hmm. Maybe lunch tomorrow. And I'll get the beer, too- but that name. I'll be embarassed to order it.

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                                                            cstr RE: cstr Aug 14, 2013 05:28 AM

                                                            Made, yes I have skills, some Italian sausages over the week-end, some stuffed with real imported prov and tomato on the grill the rest with fennel and coriander in a sauce, yum!

                                                            BTW - Still need Dictators for keep this SD Dish going, don't all storm the thread at once, It'll crash the CH website.

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                                                            1. re: cstr
                                                              DoctorChow RE: cstr Aug 18, 2013 10:42 PM

                                                              OK. I'll volunteer for the first three-month slot...

                                                              1. re: DoctorChow
                                                                cstr RE: DoctorChow Aug 19, 2013 05:30 AM

                                                                Sold....Sold....Sold...., three more slots left, get'm while they're hot!

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                                                              MrKrispy RE: cstr Aug 14, 2013 04:36 PM

                                                              The MeatMen, one of the now-popular Not-really-a-food-truck truck & trailers was outside Societe one fine evening.

                                                              A hybrid sas'age and salumi maker, they had an offering of house-made (even though they have no house, but rather a USDA certified facility) sausages on the grill ready for hungry and thirsty customers. They also had a selection of their salumi ready for samples and to go.

                                                              I tried their brat, which was fantastic, but decided to go with the Käsekrainer stuffed with Gouda. Yes, you read that right. Amazing flavor, cooked gently to keep the moisture as well as the gouda locked in. Flavors went well together, the cheese was not overpowered by the delicately seasoned pork goodness.

                                                              Even better, the rolls are scooped out and the sausage...uhhh umm inserted, making it easy to hold and eat without a ripped bun falling apart. Even even better considering that I was also holding a beer.

                                                              I picked up a few of the salumi too, only tried one so far and loved it with our cheese board at home. I don't want to elaborate and stray from the topic at hand, but I am interested if anyone has tried their items from the Farmer's Markets as this was the first I had seen of them.

                                                              *edit* I can't get my picture to upload ugh
                                                              *edit* their website is www.meatmenstore.com

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                                                              1. re: MrKrispy
                                                                cstr RE: MrKrispy Aug 15, 2013 05:00 AM

                                                                A sausage in one hand and a beer in the other, just what hands were made for.

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                                                                DoctorChow RE: cstr Aug 14, 2013 04:37 PM

                                                                Had a late lunch at Regal Beagle today. I ordered a Kolbasz and a 16 oz ESB.

                                                                The sausage was the right size for this style, and had a slightly smoky flavor from the bacon that was ground in. It was grilled well enough. The skin had a nice snappiness to it, but the interior was just a little bit dry.

                                                                I asked for grilled onions (only) on top, which I think is the way Hungarians, who are big on onions, would serve it. Since you get two toppings, though, I had sauerkraut as a side dish.

                                                                The bun was ok but very plain, and hadn’t been toasted. I decided the sausage needed some pepping up, so I opted for the Creole mustard, which worked well.

                                                                The sauerkraut was very mild -- so mild that I had trouble detecting any flavor at all. The home-made chips that come with all their plates were good.

                                                                It was happy hour, so the sausage was $8 and the pint was $4, a decent deal. Overall, a tasty meal, if not exceptional. I left happy and will return.

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                                                                1. re: DoctorChow
                                                                  honkman RE: DoctorChow Aug 14, 2013 05:33 PM

                                                                  What type of kolbász ? Kolbász just means sausages (covering dried, fresh, smoked etc.)

                                                                  1. re: honkman
                                                                    DoctorChow RE: honkman Aug 14, 2013 05:52 PM

                                                                    Yes, and in fact the chalkboard menu just called it "Hungarian Kolbasz", which is not only lacking in specificity, but is also redundant. I'm not real familiar with the different types, other than the general categories (like the ones you listed). I think this one was supposed to be in the smoked category. I'm also pretty sure it was beef. I doubt that Hungarians put bacon into their sausage to give it a smoky flavor, although I could be wrong about that. So this is probably a creation of their local supplier.

                                                                2. Fake Name RE: cstr Aug 16, 2013 05:01 PM

                                                                  Tasks took me to the part of Los Angeles they call "Carlsbad" today, and I was able to fulfill my pilgrimage to Tip Top. This is the first thing that came to mind when the dictator decreed Sausage as the DOM.

                                                                  Behold thy Holy Sausage Plate of His Holiest John Haedrich at The Church of Tip Tip Meats of Carlsbad in the attached Holy Image File.

                                                                  The salad sucked- an envelope of Kraft Italian Dressing with an ingredient list the size of my hand in 8.67pt type. The view sucked. The music sucked. The wait time on line (it was noon, ok?) sucked. The dinner roll sucked.

                                                                  But I LOVE this plate of food.

                                                                  I claim no Higher Holy Knowledge regarding the cuisine of the Fatherland. Like Art, I don't know nuthin, but I know what I like when I [taste] it. And this particular meal has been a FakeName Favorite since 1984(ish).

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                                                                  1. re: Fake Name
                                                                    cstr RE: Fake Name Aug 17, 2013 09:14 AM

                                                                    Looks like you had two links on the plate, what were they? I appreciate you going past your perimeter limits, 8 mi into the abyss, to capture this experience. Holy LA FN!

                                                                    1. re: cstr
                                                                      Fake Name RE: cstr Aug 17, 2013 11:10 AM

                                                                      Smoked polish and bratwurst. And the German potato salad and sauerkraut. But not the salad. Nor the rolls.

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                                                                    knifesavers RE: cstr Aug 19, 2013 06:30 AM

                                                                    My stop for anything with sausage is Mardis Gras Cafe.


                                                                    Either an Alligator sausage sub or their Red Beans and Rice are worth the drive out there.

                                                                    They have imported from Louisiana frozen supplies such as the Alligator, Boudin, and Andouille sausages and a fair amount of Louisiana groceries

                                                                    They used to be on Midway but are now way out in Spring Valley.

                                                                    As a side suggestion if you like strong coffee grab a package of Community New Orleans Blend when you are there. It is the coffee that most natives drink in NOLA.


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                                                                    1. re: knifesavers
                                                                      pRon RE: knifesavers Aug 19, 2013 07:11 AM

                                                                      That looks like a great place to visit...d;^)

                                                                      Thanks for the review, pRon

                                                                      1. re: knifesavers
                                                                        foodiechick RE: knifesavers Aug 19, 2013 12:09 PM

                                                                        Had no idea they had left the Midway area. Thanks for the update.

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                                                                        LisaSD RE: cstr Aug 30, 2013 02:54 AM

                                                                        Tried the Italian Sausage at the Little Italy Farmer's Market last Saturday and really enjoyed it. They said they are available from their restaurant Petrini's on Ash street.

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