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

CONTINENTAL DELI
Try the bratwurst first. The snappy natural skin is so crunchy you have to pierce it with your fork as if you're trying to deflate a tire. Then, in your mouth, you marvel as its peppery overtones and coarse texture follow. Next, try the knackwurst, a plump, meaty tube as smooth as mousse and pinkish in hue that tastes like the biggest, fluffiest, most garlicky hot dog in the world. Once you've eaten your share of sausages, either on a plate with a homemade potato salad or washed down with a hefty stein of German beer, take a few more home from the case, which houses the aforementioned sausages and many more such as liverwurst and blutwurst (German blood sausage). 1510 W. Imperial Hwy., Ste. C, La Habra, (562) 697-0333.

AURORA'S CHORIZO
Aurora's tiny pie-wedge of a building houses a family business that makes only one thing: chorizo. Its commitment to make only the best chorizo with quality pork shows when you slice open the natural casing and fry one up: just enough fat, but no grease puddle as you would find with supermarket brands. Aurora's makes a mild red spiced with only paprika and no chiles, an exemplary spicy red, a meat-free soy chorizo, and a spicy, green chorizo that you won't easily find in most carnicerías. 1001 S. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 571-0383; facebook.com/AurorasChorizo.

MITSUWA and MARUKAI
Whereas most sausages get their fame from their mix of spices and herbs, the small breakfast link popular in Japan has a flavor profile that's the opposite: subtly unspiced, with a restrained use of salt and pepper. You can taste the pork and its satisfying richnesss, with just a hint of smokiness, always encased in natural sheep casings that snap when you bite into the juicy links. In our county, the brand to buy is Sato-kun's Sausage, available in the fresh-meat case at Japanese supermarkets such as Mitsuwa and Marukai. Mitsuwa, 665 Paularino Ave., Costa Mesa, (714) 557-6699; also at 14230 Culver Dr., Irvine, (949) 559-6633; www.mitsuwa.com. Marukai, 2975 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, (714) 751-8433; www.marukai.com.

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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: Out of Town

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: Out of Town

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: Out of Town

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ISLAND PACIFIC MARKET
Yes, Cerritos isn't OC, but it might as well be, since our Filipinos usually trek to Island Pacific Market for their longanisa needs. There are always at least three or four varieties of them in the butcher case piled up in big heaps, each link a plump, short twist of natural hog casing. Some are dyed a bright crimson-red; others are a natural pork color but studded with large flecks of black pepper. Some are fresh, others cured to a drier consistency. Served with garlic fried rice and egg in the longsilog, it'll make you rethink your standing weekend appointment with pancakes and Jimmy Dean. 11481 South St., Ste. D, Cerritos, (562) 809-8889; islandpacificmarket.com.

NINA'S INDIAN AND BRITISH GROCERY
While a smattering of British-only grocers dot Orange County, the best source of British sausages is Nina's Indian and British Grocery in Lake Forest. Irish and English bangers from brands such as Jolly Good, Piccadilly, Glen Ri and Letsbuy British are available in the frozen-meat case. As for breakfast pudding, Nina's has the Shannon's brand. White pudding? Yep. 23542 El Toro Rd., Lake Forest, (949) 583-2789; www.facebook.com/ninasgrocery.

THE MEAT HOUSE
The neighborhood butcher shop has been fading ever since Sam the Butcher went off the air with the rest of the Brady Bunch. But the Meat House is one of the good guys fighting the meat-industry tide. Every day, its butchers prepare a half-dozen fresh sausages made from pork, chicken, lamb and beef in an ever-changing range of flavors from bratwurst and bockwurst to a Moroccan merguez. 415 S. Associated Rd., Brea, (714) 529-6328; also at 103 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, (949) 548-6328; and 23982 Alicia Pkwy., Mission Viejo, (949) 587-1013; www.themeathouse.com.

CALIFORNIA SAUSAGE #2
Whenever you taste the sweet snap of lap cheong—the rose-scented, sweet Chinese sausage that's arguably even more popular in Vietnam—think of California Sausage #2, a tiny storefront next to Garden Grove's Habitat for Humanity ReStore that makes tons of the treat for use on rice, in bao or next to eggs. The hours are wonky and inconsistent—go early—and there isn't always someone who'll answer the door, but it's worth the effort for the best pork or pork-chicken Chinese sausage in the county. 12821 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, (714) 539-5309; www.californiasausage2.com.

SABATINO'S SAUSAGE CO.
There was no Taste of Newport this year, which meant there were no intoxicating wisps of sausage-scented smoke rising from Sabatino's centrally located, enormous charcoal grill. It doesn't matter; there are now three locations for that addictive, cheese-riddled, fennel-scented Italian sausage after years of stubbornly sticking to just one. Do you go to the original location, tucked away in the Lido Shipyard of Newport Beach, the pizzeria on the Balboa peninsula, or the freeway-convenient Lake Forest location? It doesn't matter so long as you go—and if you grill at home, don't pierce the sausage before you cook it. 251 Shipyard Way, Newport Beach, (949) 723-0621; also at 24301 Muirlands Blvd., Ste. M, Lake Forest, (949) 595-0210; and 406 32nd St., Newport Beach, (949) 723-1920; www.sabatinoschicagosausage.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

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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