I had a recent business trip to Milwaukee scheduled, so I decided to go early and search Milwaukee for some German style sausages for an Oktoberfest party I am going to this weekend. I wanted brats for sure, but I was looking for other breeds of sausage to take with me and figured that Milwaukee, with its German and beer drinking heritage would be the place to go.
My first stop was the Milwaukee Public Market. The market was quite a bit smaller than I imagined, and very little there really caught my eye. Although it's a nice year round venue, the vendors were uninspiring. There was very little sausage being sold beyond the cliché brats in multi-flavors. I bought some mustard, but nothing else.
Milwaukee Public Market
My next stop was Jake’s Delicatessen for a quick lunch. Jake’s reminds me of the Milwaukee version of Moon’s Sandwich Shop, albeit with a much smaller, laser focused menu. The corned beef was as good as ever. As someone recently pointed out, the slices of corned beef were cut a bit thicker than I remembered, but tasted just as good. The rye bread was soft and fresh, but substantial enough to stand up to the corned beef.
Jake’s Corned Beef on Rye
After a detour to Waukesha for my business meeting and a custard break at Kopp’s in Brookfield, I headed back into town to track down European Homemade Sausage Shop, which came highly recommended by GWiv’s Uncle Jerry. European Homemade Sausage was exactly the kind of place I was looking for. It’s a little shop on the first floor of a house in a completely residential neighborhood. It’s a holdover from the pre-supermarket days when shops like this dotted every neighborhood (butcher, baker, candlestick maker).
European Homemade Sausage
Most of the sausages and bacon are handmade in the back room of the shop. I got there right at closing (they close at 4:00 P.M.), so the selection was a bit depleted, and the recommended knockwursts and several types of distinctly German sausages were sold out. A new batch was being made, but wouldn’t be ready until the next day, so I had to make do without. The lovely woman who waited on me was very nice, but exuded a distinct “tell me what you want and get the hell out of here, we’re trying to close” vibe. I ordered quickly, but might have missed a couple of gems, since I was trying to hurry. By the time I left and walked across the street to take a picture, she had already pulled down the shades and put the “closed” sign in the door (see above picture). I wish I had gotten there earlier and had time to ponder the vast selection which included a number of larger hanging salamis and other sausages held in a wooden cooler behind the counter.
Main Sausage Case at European Homemade Sausage
Even without the knockwurst, I still hit a bonanza. I bought some brats, Hungarian & Polish sausage, ring bologna, hunter sausage (landjaeger), a pound of some really delicious, sliced to order bacon and a couple loaves of some very dense handmade rye bread.
On the way home, I made a stop at Bobby Nelson’s to round out the brat selection a bit with The Chow Poodle’s favorite Cajun brats.
Milwaukee Public Market
400 N. Water Street
1634 W North Ave
Kopp’s Frozen Custard
18880 W. Bluemound Rd
European Homemade Sausage Shop
1985 S. Muskego Ave.
Mit or Mitout
2924 120th Ave.