Mango jalepeno sausage at Wurstküche
Bratwurst sausage at Wurstküche
Belgian frites at Wurstküche
Cousins Tyler Wilson and Joseph Pitruzzelli have the uncanny ability to transform a triangular space into a Wurstküche, contemporary "sausage kitchen," each one outfitted in industrial, geometric furniture—crafted by Pitruzzelli himself—and a DJ booth. The cousins' crew will gladly grill sausages like Polish-style Kielbasa or more adventurous Rattlesnake & Rabbit to pair with a "groot" worth of skin-on frites. In case you didn't know, that amounts to a lot of fries. Wurstküche primarily pours Belgian and German beers from (surprisingly) brand-free tap handles. Try the notoriously tart Duchesse de Bourgogne or sweet Aventinus Eisbock that packs a punch.
800 E 3rd St
|Opening hours:||Daily 11-2am|
|Do you own this business?|
I'm definitely more burger person than sausage hound, but Wurstkuche has made a believer out of me. Yes, it's in the too hip for it's own good Arts District downtown L.A. Yes, the line is frequently down the block. Yes, it can cost $20 bucks for a sausage, fries and a drink. But I've immensely enjoyed every meal I've had there, so it's a win in my book. My first time I had the mango jalapeno sausage. I'm always searching for the spiciest option on ANY menu, and though it was only a mid-level heat, the flavor was so outstanding it more than made up for it. Last weekend I returned for round two, this time settling on the hot Italian. My assumption was that the hot Italian was too basic, but I was so, so wrong! It was delicious, a bit more kick than the mango jalapeno and extremely filling. I also recommend getting an order of the thick cut, crispy fries (with the chipotle ketchup) and not sharing them with anyone :) Side note: after waiting in line for about 30 minutes, the cashier notably informed us that you can phone in orders! So learn from my mistakes and save yourself the hassle of the queue by ordering ahead for pick-up.