Restaurants & Bars

Rosamunde Sausage Grill on Haight (longish)

mtyf | May 6, 200403:03 PM     7

Some people might be wary of an establishment serving only one type of food, but if it's sausage I'm all for it. We walked in at about 9pm and the little, bright, clean store had a few other people in it. The woman at the grill greeted us promptly, looking a little harried and hot but she was pleasant all the same. We called out our orders, bratwurst with chili and onions ($4) for me, andouille with sauerkraut and onions for him (3.75).

While we waited, the store emptied out (most of the customers headed over to Toronado next door while we stared enviously after the little baskets they took with them). After about 7 minutes, our sausages came on airy sesame rolls, and supplemented the meal with miss vickies potato chips ($.75), a small tub of potato salad ($2.50) and a shared root beer ($1.50).

I was pleasantly surprised that my bratwurst consisted of two thin links. That, with the chili, was almost like 3 meals in one! The sausage was juicy and toothsome, with just enough flavor but nothing overpowering. It had a nice char on it which gave it a crisp first bite that turned into a good effortless chew. The chili was nothing special, ground meat with a tomato-y sauce, but it went pretty well with the sausage. Both chili and brat were labeled as "spicy" but the heat was minimal. The grilled onions were a tad undercooked which actually contributed the most heat to the sandwich - I ended up pulling a few of them out.

The andouille sausage, also a "spicy pork" variety, was good too, a lot denser than the bratwurst and with more kick. I only had a bite or two so I don't have much to say, but he seemed to enjoy it enough. The sauerkraut was tasty, also not too overpowering.

I am not a fan of potato salad, and this one looked a bit gummy for my taste, but no complaints about the taste. Red potatoes, herbs, vinegar and oil, with some bacon. A good sized portion to round out the meal.

The total came to $12.50 plus tip, and we were stuffed. Given the nice price and the cheerful service, I will definitely be back to try the other varieties, the chicken and cherries, duck, weisswurst, etc... thanks for the suggestion everyone, we left very full and happy!

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