always on the lookout for great eats, specifically artisanal/ "old school" type stuff, i came across a great find today. in of all places, lacey.
the german butcher in lacey was FANTASTIC !
while very unassuming from the outside we had heard that this place did things the old fashioned way and couldn't wait. located on lacey rd right off old rt 9.
at first glance, looks like a usual deli with the usual suspects. it was however, very busy for the time of the day. we looked around a bit, saw many imported german products and prepared foods. we asked to meet the owner and were obliged quite promptly by "wolfgang". He was very kind and proud not to use anything "funny", no msg etc...
he got one of his help to take us on what seemed like an eternity to "walk" through all the products they make in house. which, by the way, is almost everything. wursts, sausages of all kids, hot dogs, bacon(so much lean, i almost thought it wasn't bacon) spanish style chorizo, head cheeses (sweet and sour varieties, both excellent), and even BOLOGNA ! i couldn't believe it..... 2 kinds no less, one a fine puree and the other had a few bits of larger muscle(some looked like tongue). i think we bought one of everything they made. we were even given a sample of "lon jaeger"? (spelling probably way off). it was a beef jerky like no other i had ever had. moist, delicate (true) smoke flavor that was soul satisfying. heck, wolfgang even brought us out a sample of the prime london broil he uses for roast beef, not bad eh?
we got home and i immediately got to cooking the following: a knockwurst, bratwurst, hot dog, jalapeno cheese hot dog(oh yea babe), hot italian sausage, sun-dried tom turkey sausage, another turkey sausage and "snacked" on the homemade bologna. the bologna was so light ! not too fatty and great flavor. the other was equally delicious with more spice to it. the head cheeses were both great but the sour one was a contender for the winner of the day. will report on the rest when my heart starts to beat again.
all in all, everything was fantastic. the service all around was helpful, clean, efficient and smiling. the owner was gracious with his time and we will be going back very soon i am sure. much to my doctor's dismay. they do have a restaurant within as well. please go see for yourself as these type of establishments are disappearing quickly, which is a shame.
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