10 Best Sausages in Los Angeles

Dog Haus
Dog Haus
Rachael Narins

5. Dog Haus
Oh Dog Haus. Where do we start? You're warm and welcoming with your big tables and rustic wood decor and you have Adam Gertler as your own personal Würstmacher. He's a chef who has the chops to make a thoughtful selection of world-class sausage and enough whimsy to keep cranking out funky new offerings. The menu has so many choices you could come back every day of the week. In the sausage-artistry division though, Dog Haus takes the gold with their The Pig and the Fig, a fatty-but-balanced, emmentaler-cheese-stuffed snappy pork sausage. Served on a toasted bun that's topped with a tangy, sweet-and-hot, fig-and-onion relish, it's unexpected, well balanced and a real popper. All that and you can add an order of tater tots too. Multiple locations

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Berlin Currywurst
Rachael Narins

4. Berlin Currywurst
Currywurst is a ubiquitous fast-food dish in Germany that's comprised of sliced bratwurst in curry-flavored ketchup and served with a super cute little wooden fork. If you wander in to Berlin Currywurst, you may think this is the thing to get — and it certainly is — but they have a lot more to offer, since everything is customizable. The sausages are not made in-house, but everything is made with their exacting and authentic proprietary recipes. We urge you to get the classic pork or pork with paprika and the hot curry sauce. With either choice your experience will include fatty bits and juicy bits and pungent bites. Served with soft rye bread and a slew of sauce options, this is the place for people who want a different experience every time...or the exact same one. Go with a big crowd and up your chances of finding the perfect mix for you. 3827 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, 90026; (323) 663-1989

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Rachael Narins

3. Link
Newcomer Link has exploded on to the scene with a huge array of fat-astic, experimental and sometimes utterly unchained sausages. The white-subway-tiled location gleams like a beacon for the beautiful people of 3rd Street looking for a bite. (Although they do lose points for having a really Google-unfriendly name.) Owners Thomas Benedict and Henry Costa decided to open a place that honors the craft and uses responsibly sourced, antibiotic and hormone-free meats, local produce and fresh-baked breads. This is no biergarten, but it is higher-end, with beers on draft, thoughtful cocktails and a funky menu that takes sausages to new places. As a bonus, the vegan and vegetarian options here are hardly an afterthought (read: have flavor and aren't dry). The best of the best is the pork Hollywood. With natural casing, a medium-coarse grind and a hefty amount of fat and spice, it's luscious, toothsome and sublime. Pair that with exceptional roasted Brussels sprouts and you will find bliss. 8486 W. 3rd St., West Hollywood, 90048; (747) 221-6207

Brats Brothers
Brats Brothers
Rachael Narins

2. Brats Brothers
With 19 traditional and seven exotic sausages, you're bound to find something you like on the huge, old-school menu at Vadim Navarbekyan's Brats Brothers. The kitschy German vibe adds to the good-time feelings at this somewhat small palace of pork. They do not make their own, but curate some exceptional offerings and have a few proprietary options. Head and shoulders (and probably other parts) above the rest is their take on the Black Forest, a rich and meaty choice with bacon for smokiness and well salted heft. Served simply on a bun, it is $6.95 and is just big enough to be filling, but not so large you can't top it off with a huge stein of beer. 13355 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, 91423; (818) 986-4020

Links N' Hops
Links N' Hops
Rachael Narins

1. Jody Maroni's
There are pristine beaches where aquamarine water meets powder-white sand, and then there's Venice Beach, where the last vestiges of Westside grittiness clings to the shore. That is where you'll find the original Jody Maroni's Sausage Kingdom. Sure, they have other, more sterile locations — at the airport, for instance —  that serve the same messy-delicious food, but it's the Venice walk-up window, with it's sun-soaked, sticky tables, that has the most appeal (parking be damned). They make all of their sausages at their own kitchen and have done so since the 1970's. There's nothing on the menu that doesn't explode with flavor. From the Toulous Garlic to the smoke-heavy Polish, everything embodies fatty goodness. The Hot Italian is their crowning glory. Ridiculously juicy, it's flecked with fennel and has a whisper of orange that melds with the thick-sliced, slick, grilled peppers and onions. As with everything they serve, the bun to wurst ratio is a perfect 1:1. Various locations; 2011 Ocean Front Walk; Venice, 90291; (310) 822-5639


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Berlin Currywurst

3827 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

323-663-1989

www.berlincurrywurst.com

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Dog Haus

105 N. Hill Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106

626-577-4287

www.doghaus.com

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Red Lion Tavern

2366 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039

323-662-5337

www.redliontavern.net


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