Wurst heaven: Continental Gourmet Sausage in Glendale
On the hunt for the makings of choucroute, I stopped in at Krüegermann Pickles in Echo Park for some of their superior sauerkraut, which, by the way, the family firm has been making here since 1965 (and going back to 1896 in Germany). I needed sausage too and didn’t feel like driving all the way to Sausage Kitchen in Beverly Hills, so they pointed me toward Continental Gourmet Sausage in Glendale.
I’m ashamed to say I’d never been, but that was quickly fixed. As soon as I opened the door to the modest shop and got a good look at the sausage counter I knew I’d be coming back again and again. Eugen Goetz has been making sausages here for close to 30 years and offers a glorious collection of bratwurst, weisswurst and myriad other German-style sausages. I picked up half a dozen types for the choucroute fest, including a robust blood sausage. I also couldn’t resist buying some of the house-made liverwurst, which comes smooth or chunky. My vote goes to the chunky.
And then when I went to the new BierBeisl in Beverly Hills, I discovered that chef/owner Bernhard Mairinger has teamed up with Goetz to make authentic Austrian sausages for the restaurant. The former Patina chef de cuisine is serving weisswurst slow-simmered in milk with sweet mustard and salty pretzel, and bratwurst with sauerkraut, tarragon mustard and a roll. More unique is käsekrainer, which is something like a Polish sausage infused with Swiss cheese and served with mustard and freshly grated horseradish. You can also get three courses of sausages, each paired with a German or Austrian beer for $32, five courses (and beers) for $42.
BierBeisl is not all sausages, though. The a la carte menu dishes up pumpkin soup, schnitzels, veal goulash and seared venison loin with braised red cabbage and brioche dumplings. And for dessert, he's got apfelstrudel and kaiserschmarren.
Krüegermann Pickles, 2824 Gilroy St., Los Angeles; (323) 662-9313; www.kruegermann.com.
Continental Gourmet Sausage, 6406 San Fernando Road., Glendale; (818) 502-1447; www.continentalgourmetsausage.com. Cash or checks only.
BierBeisl, 9669 Little Santa Monica Blvd.; Beverly Hills; (310) 271-7274;
-- S. Irene Virbila
Photo: Mural in front of Continental Gourmet Sausage. Credit: S. Irene Virbila / Los Angeles Times