Restaurant Review: The Wurst

I’ve done very little cooking the past month as I recuperated from my surgery. We’ve been visiting some of our favorite professional eateries. In the process, we discovered a new-to-us restaurant I want to tell you about.

In the small town north of us, Healdsburg, there is a little, privately owned restaurant called The Wurst. As you have probably guessed, The Wurst specialize in sausages. (Wurst means sausage in German.) There are ten different sausage sandwiches, all made to suit the highest quality.

The first item on the menu immediately caught my attention. It’s called the Sheboygan Brat. My dad was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin – a very good place to find authentic pure pork sausages. It turns out the owner is from Detroit and he wanted to serve the same kind of sausages that Michigan and Wisconsin are known for. He imports the Sheboygan Brat directly from the Sheboygan, Wisconsin Sausage Company. [I know that because, when I asked, the owner went to the back room and brought out the box with the company label on it.]

I really like the Sheboygan Brat but I also love the owner’s Detroit Polish. It comes directly from the sausage-maker in Detroit. It contains pork, beef, beer, onion, and has the perfect crunch when you bite into it. All the sausage sandwiches are served on seeded rolls with a variety of toppings.

The other sausages are made at a sausage shop in nearby Sebastopol. Those sausages are all made to the owner’s specifications. The one that is pure California is the Provencial Pig. It’s made of pork, white wine, parsley, green onions, shallots, garlic and spices. Mmm-good. There are a couple of chicken sausages as well as a vegetarian brat made with roasted eggplant.

I think the brats are the star of the place but The Wurst has some tasty side dishes. My favorite ones are the sweet potato fries and the garlic fries. My husband’s favorite is their onion rings. They also offer an interesting variety of dipping sauces: Truffle aioli, Roasted garlic parmesan aioli, Lemon pepper tarragon ranch, Spicy Harissa. There’s also a great table arrayed with a unique relishes and mustards.

The Wurst also offer burgers but, to tell you the truth, I can’t tell you about them because I haven’t tried them yet. I’m still working my way through the sausage list. There is also a list of special beers that my husband says is excellent.

The place is fun and casual. It has the slight feel of a German beer garden. It’s sort of like a California wine country version. There are long table set up both inside and out on the patio with tall stools to sit on. The staff is friendly and chatty. The owner is all over the place, chatting with customers and clearing tables. He’s a former bass player (rock band MC5) with fond memories of his hometown of Detroit. I, for one, am glad he brought his passion for sausages to this area. If you are ever in Sonoma County, you will want to stop for a wurst in Healdsburg.

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15 Responses to Restaurant Review: The Wurst

  1. Wow, what a fun restaurant! The food looks delicious and I love the name.

  2. kaye says:

    ooh, my mouth is watering! Looks like a wonderful place for lunch.

  3. Yum! This post made me hungry. Great pictures!

  4. This place looks great, your photos make me want to visit The Wurst.

  5. Libby says:

    I would love this place! It is great that the owner takes pride in getting the best sausages from the best places. The photos look great !!

  6. candice says:

    YUM! and i have been talking about a “hotdog party” to anyone who will listen… nice find.

  7. Kaye,the sister, Cogdill says:

    My husband Don and I were up north for a brief visit with Margot and Jay and guess where they took us?… bet!!! the food was awesome and the atmosphere was invigorating…we joked about returning the next day but had a few favorites in town that needed our presence. (Ha)….we are foodies and we ummmed and ahhhed ourselves through our incredible bratwursts!!!

  8. Beth F says:

    Oh yum. I grew up in the Midwest, and we do indeed take our sausages seriously.

  9. What a great place, I’d love to eat my way through the sausage list. The fries look amazing, too!

  10. Staci says:

    You made me extremely hungry! I think they all sound great and I love the look of the one you photographed! I might have to order some of those brats online!!!

  11. Teresa says:

    Looks and sounds tasty! Great PR for The Wurst, too. Might be worth a free sausage sandwich or one named after you!

  12. How fun! Love the description ‘California wine country version of a German beer garden.” Actually sounds like my kind of place.

  13. Peggy Ann says:

    Wow! They look delicious!

  14. cerrin says:

    You are going to have to take me the next time I am in town this sounds great

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