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Sausage Party In Orange County!

Mattern Deli, LinX and all the other places to get a banger (and a green chorizo and longanisa and bratwurst) in your mouth

Sausage Party In Orange County!
Luke McGarry

Sausage might just be the most universal meat in the world—hell, even vegans have soyrizo. And Orange County, unsurprisingly, hosts a United Nations worth of tube steaks, from the tried-and-true hot dog to South African monsters that resemble pythons ready to strike from the grill. Behold, then, 40 great places to enjoy all the chorizo, bratwurst, hot dogs, kielbasa—a veritable sausage party—you can stand to stuff down your gullet this Labor Day weekend. We've broken it up into two parts: delis and restaurants. Enjoy, and don't forget the liverwurst!

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Ochoa's
Mary Pastrana
Ochoa's
Continental Deli
Edwin Goei
Continental Deli

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Cortina's

964 N. Batavia St.
Orange, CA 92867

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: Orange

Ochoa's Chorizo

220 W. Warner Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92707

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: Santa Ana

El Gaucho Meat Market # ll

847 S. State College Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92806

Category: Restaurant > Argentine

Region: Anaheim

African Hut

27637 Forbes Road, 20
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Category: Restaurant > African

Region: Laguna Niguel

Continental Deli

1510 W. Imperial Highway
La Habra, CA 90631

Category: Restaurant > Deli

Region: La Habra

Mitsuwa Marketplace

665 Paularino Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Category: Restaurant > Grocery

Region: Costa Mesa

Marukai Market

2975 Harbor Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Category: Restaurant > Grocery

Region: Costa Mesa

Nina's Indian British Grocery

23532 El Toro Road
Lake Forest, CA 92630

Category: Restaurant > British

Region: Lake Forest

Meat House

103 E. 17th St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Category: Retail

Region: Costa Mesa

Sabatino's Sausage Company

251 Shipyard Way
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: Newport Beach

Sabatino

23032 Alicia Parkway Mission Viejo, CA
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: Mission Viejo

Mattern Sausage and Meats

4327 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92869

Category: Restaurant > Deli

Region: Orange

Congregation Ale House

201 E. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Long Beach

Cream Pan

602 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92780

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: Tustin

Berkeley Dog

215 W. Birch St., Ste. 2
Brea, CA 92821

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Brea

Berkeley Dog

4249 Campus Drive
Irvine, CA 92612

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Irvine

Vientiane Thai Laos

10262 Westminster Ave.
Garden Grove, CA 92843

Category: Restaurant > Thai

Region: Garden Grove

Wild Goose Tavern

436 E. 17th St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Costa Mesa

Thai Nakorn

11951 Beach Blvd.
Stanton, CA 90680

Category: Restaurant > Thai

Region: Stanton

Thai Nakorn

12532 Garden Grove Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92843

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: Garden Grove

Seoul Soondae

8757 Garden Grove Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92844

Category: Restaurant > Korean

Region: Garden Grove

Guicho's Eatery

1110 S. El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: San Clemente

Break of Dawn Restaurant

24351 Avenida De La Carlota, Ste. N-6
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Category: Restaurant > Breakfast

Region: Laguna Hills

Katella Deli

4470 Katella Ave.
Rossmoor, CA 90720

Category: Restaurant > Breakfast

Region: Los Alamitos

Tustin Brewing Company

13011 Newport Ave., Ste. 100
Tustin, CA 92780

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Tustin

Jagerhaus

2525 E. Ball Road
Anaheim, CA 92806

Category: Restaurant > German

Region: Anaheim

Hot Dogs Hot Dogs Hot Dogs

W. 4TH St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: Santa Ana

The Magic Wok

11869 Artesia Blvd.
Cerritos, CA 90701

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: Cerritos

The Golden Truffle

1767 Newport Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Category: Restaurant > Eclectic

Region: Costa Mesa

LinX

234 W. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92866

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Orange

Al-Amir Bakery

2281 W. Ball Road
Anaheim, CA 92804

Category: Restaurant > Bakery

Region: Anaheim

Game Day Fire-Grilled Hot Dogs

3009 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92869

Category: Restaurant > Hot Dogs

Region: Orange

Joe's No Limits Bar & Grill

124 W. Commonwealth Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Fullerton

Pee-Wee's Famous Hot Dogs and Hamburgers

5942 E. Edinger
Huntington Beach, CA 92649

Category: Restaurant > Burgers

Region: Huntington Beach

Aurora's Chorizo

1001 S. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Category: Grocery Stores

Region: Santa Ana

Mitsuwa Marketplace

14230 Culver Drive
Irvine, CA 92604

Category: Restaurant > Japanese

Region: Irvine

Island Pacific Market

11481 South St., Ste. D
Cerritos, CA 90703

Category: Retail

Region: Cerritos

The Meat House

415 S. Associated Road
Brea, CA 92821

Category: Restaurant > Deli

Region: Brea

The Meat House

23982 Alicia Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Mission Viejo

California Sausage #2

12821 Harbor Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92840

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Garden Grove

Sabatino's

406 32nd St.
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: Newport Beach

Dublin 4

26342 Oso Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Category: Restaurant > Gastro Pub

Region: Mission Viejo

Just Hot Dogs

15223 Beach Blvd.
Westminster, CA 92683

Category: Restaurant > Hot Dogs

Region: Westminster

NEM NUONG KHANH HOA VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT

9738 Westminster Ave., Ste. 102
Garden Grove, CA 92844

Category: Restaurant > Vietnamese

Region: Garden Grove

Guicho

440 Camino De Estrella
San Clemente, CA 92672

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: San Clemente

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99 RANCH MARKET
You wouldn't think it, but the Chinese-centric 99 Ranch Market chain has an overwhelming selection of longanisa, the king of Filipino sausages. Pampanga and Martin Purefoods—the Hormel and Oscar Meyer of Filipino tube steaks—dominate the frozen aisle with varieties that range from a spicy longanisa to a sweet version called hamonado longanisa to a chicken variant. You can opt for skin or no skin. There's even an option for vegan Filipinos (a species of human rarer than honest politicians). And if you think the frozen section is where it ends, you're wrong: Racks of fresh Filipino sausages in just as many varieties hang near the butcher's section as well. Find your nearest location at www.99ranch.com.

COSTCO
You may not have forgiven Costco for swapping out the $1.50 Hebrew National food-court hot dogs with its Kirkland brand, but when the Aidells sampling booth shows up at the mega-warehouse, you'll miss them just a little bit less. Aidells' sausages are available at other markets, of course, but the fun is in the sampling. When the brand comes to Costco, it brings its entire roster, all of them heating in crockpots. You can even get seconds. And you'll want more of the chicken apple sausage, one of its most popular. When you get home after not being able to resist buying a year's supply, there's not much you have to do with them—they're fully cooked (though a nice sear on a griddle to burnish the casing with char will only do wonders). Find your nearest location at www.costco.com.

CORTINA'S
People literally swoon upon eating the sandwiches at Cortina's. No, really. We've seen it happen. One that inspires such a reaction? The sausage sandwich, in which two fat, subtly spiced homemade links are split in half lengthwise, sliced, and then layered with near-liquefied sweet peppers on a pillow of bread. It's the kind of messy, overstuffed hoagie that disintegrates if you hold it wrong. You eat half, and tell yourself you'll eat the other half later, realizing only when there's nothing left but crumbs and puddles of juice and sauce that you just unknowingly ate the whole thing by yourself in one sitting. And just wait until Cortina's reopens its original Anaheim location—place has more sausages than Oktoberfest in Munich. 964 N. Batavia St., Orange, (714) 997-3663; cortinasitalianfood.com.

OCHOA'S
Ochoa's chorizo is nothing new to the region—for the past 35 years, the barrios of South Santa Ana have consumed with glee the green chorizo prepared by the Ochoa family, hand-cranked individually by the progeny of Aurora Ochoa. She's well into her abuelita years now, but a couple of years ago, her children decided to legitimize the family trade, found the current location and bought professional equipment to boost production. And boy, have they: Whereas the family traditionally made around 500 pounds of chorizo links per week, the current output is around 2,500 pounds per week—more than a ton. Its fame is now countywide, its devotees hipsters and wabs alike—and the family continues to churn on. 220 W. Warner Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 850-0052.

EL GAUCHO MEAT MARKET
El Gaucho Meat Market is famous around Anaheim for its Argentine restaurant, its flat-screens perpetually tuned to one soccer match or another, and its massive deli case. And if you're at an Argentine meat market, the sausage of order is the morcilla, turgid blood sausage that plumps up perfectly on the grill. But also available, playing the McCartney to the morcilla's Lennon, is the chorizo. This isn't your Mexican chorizo (and never compare an Argie to a Mexi again, carajo): This is pork at its leanest, with just the slightest bit of fat to gush out of its taut case, to make the sausage curl up ever so slightly once you're heating it up. Regardless of sausage selection, douse them in copious amounts of El Gaucho's homemade chimichurri. 847 S. State College Blvd., Anaheim, (714) 776-6400.

AFRICAN HUT
OC's South African expat community is large enough that it has supported African Hut, a store specializing in South African produce, for more than a decade. It's a tiny shop, about the size of a living room, but it stocks nearly everything a South African needs to re-create home, from curries and beef jerkies right down to the tubes of Ingram's Champhor Cream for skin rashes. But what gets orders from across the country are the boerwors, spicy beef sausages that are the national meat of South Africa: perfect for grilling and stuffing into sandwiches or slicing for a scramble. It's so popular it sells them by the coiled kilo, and it has even recently introduced droerwors, the dried version of boerwors that just happens to be the best beef jerky on Earth. 27601 Forbes Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 582-9546; www.africanhut.com.

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9 comments
Joe Lara
Joe Lara

Ha. You found it when you where google searching sausage fest?

Jeremy Perez
Jeremy Perez

James Gonzalez Joe Lara Mini Mamba your kind of party

jmcguinness
jmcguinness

Very surprised Claro's was left off this otherwise venerable list.

Mary Chittenden
Mary Chittenden

I thought you meant a different kind of sausage party.

melton.casey
melton.casey

How is it that Gem Meats isn't listed on here? Some of the best Bratwurst I've ever had.

RocketJ
RocketJ topcommenter

More than just Soyrizo for vegetarians. Tofurky makes Andouille, Spinach Pesto, Chick'n Apple as well as Brats, Kielbasa and Italian. Field Roast makes Smoked Apple Sage, Italian and Mexican Chipotle varieties. Just palatable when eaten plain but who eats sausage plain? Try the brats accompanied by sauerkraut or Italian with mozzarella and tomato sauce, no not the exact same flavor but a tasty alternative for vegetarians or those who have to limit fat and cholesterol in their diets.  BTW more than one alternative chorizo as Cacique makes a soy version.

 
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