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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

NEM NUONG KHANH HOA VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT
Are the grilled Vietnamese "meatballs" called nem nuong still sausages if they're not encased in a skin and shaped as a nighstick? Think of it as a rebellious pink slab of sausage meat raising an indifferent middle finger at the rest of the sausage world because it's its own, very delicious thing: a dense slab of pork and garlic that takes on the smoky flavors of the grill on which it was char-marked. The best place in the county to experience it is a restaurant that's named after both the dish and the part of Vietnam known for preparing it. Here, the nem is grilled fresh to order for the spring roll called nem nuong cuon, so it's piping-hot every time. Rolled into a fresh rice-paper skin along with fresh herbs, lettuce and a cucumber spear, it's the perfect textural triad of crisp, crunch and chew. 9738 Westminster Ave., Ste. 102, Garden Grove, (714) 539-3710; khanhhoarestaurant.com.

WILD GOOSE TAVERN
Look at it from the top, and you'll think the Baked Italian is a piece of freshly cooked lasagna rather than a sausage sandwich. Melted and fused over the gap is a circular slice of provolone sealing it like a drum. Then there's a chicken mole sausage for which the kitchen smears garlic aioli, spoons on beet relish, then lays down a sunny-side-up quail egg whose yolk is destined to burst all over as though a sauce. And there's this: every sausage is cradled in bread that should always accompany sausages of this caliber—a roll made by bread genius Dean Kim of the OC Baking Co. Taut and shiny on its crust, fluffy and supple in its interior crumb, you enjoy it as much as you do the sausages themselves. 436 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, (949) 722-9453; www.goosebar.com.

THAI NAKORN
If you've not been to Thai Nakorn yet, what's wrong with you? Go already to OC's best Thai restaurant, and order the Thai sausage, two tangy links mottled by char, sliced in slits, then served with a wedge of raw cabbage, raw ginger, peanuts and a lime. You eat it with your hands. Some people like slipping a piece of tangy, subtly spicy sausage inside a cabbage leaf, then chasing it down the gullet with a bite of ginger. You can consume it any way you like—just go and do it. 11951 Beach Blvd., Stanton, (714) 799-2031; also at 12532 Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove, (714) 583-8938; thainakornrestaurant.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: 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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SEOUL SOONDAE
Are you anemic? Eat soondae, Korean blood sausage. Looking at it, there's absolutely no question it's pork blood bound with noodles in sausage casings, but the rich taste will blow away any ickiness factor. Seoul Soondae in Garden Grove's Little Seoul district does it best in OC, putting it in soup called soondae guk, because as the slices of what English people euphemistically call "black pudding" float in the soup, the soup gets richer and richer. 8757 Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove, (714) 636-0686.

GUICHO'S
The only place to sit at Guicho's is at the bar in the front window, watching all the food come in in cardboard takeout boxes. A fine-dining hall with linen napkins and a sommelier this is not, but when you open one of those boxes to find homemade Italian sausage tucked into a crusty roll with peppers, onions and the best giardinera this side of Philadelphia, you won't care. Make sure to try the grilled shrimp salad, too—after all, Nonna said to eat your vegetables! 1110 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, (949) 481-1070; also at 440 Camino de Estrella, San Clemente, (949) 248-1910; www.guichos.com.

BREAK OF DAWN
Owner Dee Nguyen isn't Hawaiian—he's from the Bay Area—and he isn't a surfer (though we would pay money to see that), but he certainly knows his way around the Hawaiian breakfast known as Portuguese sausage. An enormous cylinder is cut into pieces and served with rice; a vinegary, pickled, green-papaya salad; two fried eggs; and scallion purée. There are other places that purport to serve Hawaiian food in OC, but none of them makes Portuguese sausage as well as this, the best breakfast spot in town and one of the few arguments against discorporating Laguna Niguel. 24351 Avenida de la Carlota, Laguna Hills, (949) 587-9418; www.breakofdawnrestaurant.com.

KATELLA DELI
Kishka, also known as stuffed derma, is matzoh meal with schmaltz (chicken fat) and onions stuffed into sausage casings, then grilled and served with beef gravy. Who could hate that? It's the archetypal Ashkenazi Jewish sausage, it's served at weddings, and it's best at Katella Deli, OC's finest attempt at replicating New York food. It's also one of the ways to tell whether a deli is actually catering to Jewish people (especially old Jewish people)—or it's all yarmulke and no phylacteries. Kishka with gravy? You're not going to find that at Jerry's Deli. 4470 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos, (562) 594-8611; www.katellabakery.com.

TUSTIN BREWING CO.
Every European worth his funny hat knows the best way to enjoy a sausage is by eating it in the company of a tall, frosty stein of beer. Knackwurst, bratwurst, weisswurst—doesn't matter; beer is required. This is why Tustin Brewing Co.'s sausage platter is the best bar snack in Orange County. The platter comes with three huge sausages: a spicy one, a bratwurst and a kielbasa, with red potato salad, sauerkraut and seeded mustard. It's just tangy and spicy enough to make you order another excellent house beer. 13011 Newport Blvd., Tustin, (714) 665-BEER; www.tustinbrewery.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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