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Talk about a Sausage Fest!

  • Nov 11, 2009
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Where are all the hipsters flocking to downtown to get their new gourmet hot dog fix? That would be Wurstküche, a gastropub on 3rd St, DT, LA.
Exotic sausages, Belgian fries, and beer. That’s all they got here, plus some imported soda and a dessert special. But that’s all they need. Because they have 21 different types of sausages. And 4 different toppings to go on those sausages. And 5 different mustards to squirt on those sausages.
That is an amazing number of flavor combinations available at your disposal. And if its all too confusing, the staff will be more than happy to help you make your decision, from what sausage to choose between, to what toppings complement the flavor best, and what beer to pair it with.

Now, I’m a vegetarian, but I can appreciate a restaurant that serves freshly made sausage, especially when they also offer vegetarian sausages as well! THREE different, delicious house-made vegetarian sausages. I mean, I love the idea of a veggie dog, but every time I have ordered one I have been slightly less than devastated about the off-putting texture and lack of flavor.

To be this welcome at a sausage factory is extremely exciting to me.

Speaking of their sausages, the variety and imagination that this place has is unmatched to any restaurant I have heard of. For example, they offer traditional bratwurst, classic Italian,and bockwurst, and then gourmet inspirations like mango jalepeno, Louisiana hot link, sun dried tomato and mozzarella, and apple and sage. And then, there are the exotic sausages, made from not so traditional ingredients like buffalo, duck, rabbit, alligator and rattlesnake.

I can only judge flavor-wise from my experiences with the vegetarian smoked apple sage, topped with caramelized onions and spicy peppers. But I can attest for the sausages by the extremely long line out the door, and positive chatter at the communal tables in the dining room. Everyone loved their choices, and was happy to be able to try all the different mustards on the table, sharing combinations with one another.

Not only are the sausage sandwiches delicious, but the fries are absolutely amazing. Probably the best fries I have ever eaten. Large cut, yet crispy due to the fact that they are double fried. And there are served with your choice of dipping sauces or a white truffle oil glaze. The dipping sauces are just as inventive as their sausage; curry ketchup, thai peanut, chipotle aioli and buttermilk ranch, to name a few.

If their food is not incentive enough to come and check this place out, then their beverage menu should slip you over the edge. They have a variety of German and Belgium beers served in a stein. And they have a whole array of specialty sodas that are so delightful you want to try every flavor.

I would come here way more often if I only had a reason to come downtown.
Talk about a Sausage Fest! Talk about a Sausage Fest!

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November 12, 2009
I don't think I've ever had a homemade veggie sausage. Now is the time,I guess! Thanks for enlightening.
November 11, 2009
Mmmmm, thanks for sharing. Your review has me drooling! That's very cool that they have vegetarian ones that are smoked apple sage because most places that have vegetarian sausages seem to just have the generic flavored ones. And those fries sound amazing because I love Belgian fries! Sounds like the place for me if I were to live in LA :)
November 11, 2009
Yep, Smoked apple and sage, italian with fennel garlic and eggplant, and mexican chipotle, its really exciting that they sound just as good as all the other sausages.
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review by . February 19, 2010
Great food & atmosphere, but I prefer street dogs more.
After hearing about this place over and over again, I finally had to check it out and see for myself what about this 'hot dog' joint everybody was talking about. I mean, everybody has been telling me about it. Even vegetarians are raving about how great their food is! The menu offers hot dogs in three different groups: classic, gourmet, and exotic.  While classic entailed your normal hot dog and sausages, gourmet takes it a step up with some fancy marinates and nice quality meats. Exotic is …
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I'm a graphic designer, originally from Hawaii and now I'm living it up in L.A.   I've been a vegetarian my entire life, but I am still obsessed with fast food, and I love eating … more
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An exotic sausage grill in the heart of downtown Los Angeles' historic arts distric. Serving a variety of classic, gourmet, and exotic sausages, Belgian fries with homemade dipping sauces, twenty four imported beers on tap and a gourmet collection of sodas.

800 E 3rd St

Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 687-4444

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Address: 800 E 3rd Street Los Angeles 90013 (dwntwn) 625 Lincoln Blvd Venice 90219 (venice beach)
Phone: 213-687-4444
Hours: 11am-12am (restaurant) 11am-2am (bar)
Cuisine: German
Price: $$
Attire: Casual
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