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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

MATTERN SAUSAGE & MEATS
It's crowded, it's cluttered, and there are always a million people who want the same thing you do, but it doesn't matter: If you want sausage to take home or a sandwich, Mattern is where you go. Ignore the ugly-ass Wienerschnitzel you have to pass to park, take a number, and wait your turn patiently. You'll hear German being spoken across the counter, and you'll see an impossible number of sausages in the display case, many of which were made right there. It's worth the wait, even at Christmas. 4327 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, (714) 639-3550.

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WHERE TO EAT

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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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CONGREGATION ALE HOUSE
The tip jar is called a "collection box." Happy Hours are called "Mass," with a late-night one called "Midnight Mass." The waitresses wear Catholic-schoolgirl uniforms with pleated skirts hitched far above the knee. Despite these blasphemous details, Congregation Ale House is downright liturgical with its sausages. The knife-scored bratwurst is roasted until the snappy casing nearly bursts, laid down not on a hot-dog bun or a roll, but rather a thick, halfway-folded flatbread that actually complements the sausage the same way a plain cracker highlights a piece of fine cheese. Before that, take on the sausage platter as an appetizer—a duck-and-bacon sausage and a pork-and-goat-cheese link are cut into coins and speared by toothpicks, ready for dunking into two kinds of mustard, one of them beer-infused. 201 E. Broadway Ave., Long Beach, (562) 432-2337; congregationalehouse.com.

DUBLIN 4
Unlike other Irish pubs, Dublin 4 isn't a forced caricature. It is, instead, a tasteful, respectful, conscious attempt at a neighborhood bar that just happens to be owned by an actual Irishman. But because we've been conditioned into thinking a certain way about these kinds of bars, you don't go to Dublin 4 without ordering the fish and chips (which are exactly what you expect) and the bangers and mash (which won't be). Dublin 4 classes up its sausage-and-potato staple two ways: in one dish, the sausage is beer-braised and served alongside mashed potatoes so smooth they must be called pommes purée, and in another, the sausage is cut up and battered as though mini corn dogs and served with pickled onions and whole-grain mustard aioli for dipping. 26342 Oso Pkwy., Mission Viejo, (949) 582-0026.

CREAM PAN
Cream Pan will forever be known throughout the annals of history as the bakery that produces the most wonderful strawberry croissants the world has ever known (you didn't know Cream Pan for this? Get thee to a Best Of!). But this pastry juggernaut has other items up its flour-covered sleeves. One of them: a sweet roll with a hot dog rammed up its dough-hole, the tops brushed with a sticky-sweet glaze that make them sparkle. You eat one knowing that every Asian bakery from the Korean to the Chinese to the Taiwanese makes its own version, but it's only here at Cream Pan that you can chase it with one of those strawberry croissants for dessert. 602 El Camino Real, Tustin, (714) 665-8239.

BERKELEY DOG
Berkeley Dog takes its name from Top Dog, a legendary stand in Berkeley that any Cal alum remembers fondly. With the blessings of the Bay Area restaurant, Berkeley Dog buys its sausages and buns from the same vendors and makes sandwiches as close as you'll get to the wellspring without booking a JetBlue flight to Oakland. The things to get? The bacon/hash brown dog. Or the German bratwurst, scented with nutmeg and marjoram. Or the kielbasa. Or, possibly, the classic natural-casing beef frank sluiced simply with chili and Cheddar. With two locations, in Downtown Brea and across from UC Irvine, Berkeley Dog leaves happy tube-steak memories for another generation of college grads. 215 W. Birch St., Ste. 2, Brea, (714) 257-0988; also at 4249 Campus Dr., Ste. B148, Irvine, (949) 387-2111; www.berkeleydogs.com.

VIENTIANE THAI LAOS RESTAURANT
The sole Laotian restaurant in OC, if not Southern California, Vientiane makes everything in-house because it's not like the Sysco truck can drop off a case of Lao curries in vacu-sealed boil-in bags. Foremost among the appetizers is an order of three small Lao sausages. Deep-fried until crisp-skinned, each slice of pork and rice offers an exotic vacation: slightly sweet, powerfully tart, aromatic with lemongrass. Served with a small dish of sauce equally complex on its own and complementary at the same time­­, it becomes a clanging gamelan of flavors and aromas. 10262 Westminster Ave., Garden Grove, (714) 530-7523.

VIKING TRUCK
What's not to love about the sausages from Mattern Sausage & Meats? Nothing, except for the early-bird hours that make getting there before it closes impossible if you don't work anywhere near Orange. If Mattern's sausages are driven to you instead, what you have is the Viking Truck. And if those sausages come expertly grilled—for example, in the Thunder Dog, a Mattern brat topped with dark-ale chili, Cheddar, sour cream and spicy "Viking" ketchup—what you have is a delicious wonder of modern convenience beaten only by porn via the Internet. Follow the Viking Truck on Twitter: @TheVikingTruck.

JUST HOT DOGS
Chicago is home to a gargantuan hot dog rivaled only by the oversized deep-dish pizza, with strict rules dictating an authentic experience. Only a Vienna Beef frank will do. It must have the bright, traffic-light-green Chicago-style relish. It must have tomato slices and hot, pickled sport peppers heaped in a poppy-seed bun. You can customize yours with bacon or cheese, but if the basics aren't there, it's not an authentic Chicago dog. How this overloaded monstrosity came to define the Windy City is a mystery lost in the fog of time. But in our fair county, only a handful of restaurants serve the real deal, and one of them is the ironically named Just Hot Dogs, which also happens to make a proper Chicago-style Italian beef sandwich. 15223 Beach Blvd., Westminster, (714) 379-5200; justhotdogs.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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