800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9001334.045603 -118.236058
Neighborhoods: Civic Center / Little Tokyo, Downtown, Central LA
My favorite sausage here? The mango-jalapeño sausage: slightly sweet with a hint of hotness at the end. If you're more adventurous, try the alligator, rabbit or rattlesnake. Great veggie sausage options, too. Oh, and wash it down with a huge selection of Belgian beers.
Wurstkuche: Mediocre sausage at double the price. – What people don't know or seem to care about, is the effect they have had on the arts district. They themselves may think it's cool for them to be there, but I was the artist next door and they literally were a living nightmare and drove me out of my studio! They are the anti-artists of the arts district as far as I'm concerned and I've been there 30 years! They suck as neighbors and have brought nothing but non stop 24 hour noise, 10 times the congestion and their yuppie arrogance! And as far as their overpriced mediocre sausage, Pinks or Fab Hotdogs blow them away at half the price.
That's my review as their X-artist neighbor. See what they put the LA arts district artists through can be seen at WurstkucheSucks-dot-com
Wurstkuche must be German for Overrated – Seriously overpriced. Annoying layout that creates a line and no seating. It's weird because they are paying people to take orders in line but it doesn't help anything move faster. They need to police the insanely loud dining room when they're crowded for the hoards of people sitting around that are not eating and drinking while people stand there with food in their hands.
Also, why can't I drink a beer while waiting 20 minutes outside. Oh, that's right, the horrible "hip" design.
This place is a mess. Food included. Once all the hype dies down this place will too.
A good sausage soothes the soul. – Everyone needs a good sausage, every now and then.
Can I tell you how excited I am about downtown LA's renaissance? I'm FREAKING REALLY EXCITED! Just a few years back my only lunch options were Korean BBQ in Little Tokyo or a bag of chips from one of the many crack-head laden liquor stores near by.
Now? Now, I get to choose 2 sauces for my Belgian fries. And for that I thank you Wurstkuche. Thank you for not one but 3 veggie sausage options. Thank you for that extra side of sauerkraut. Thank you for that serving of apple beer that was just enough to be relaxing and still allow me to return to work in an operable state. And thank you even more for letting me sit in your devastatingly decorator perfect dining area, making me feel more awesome for choosing to lunch here.
Long live sausage and beer. And fries.
YES!!!! Another Awesome Place Downtown!! – Heard about Wurstkuche from two friends who simply called it "This German Sausage Place". I soon got the name from them and went down on a Saturday Afternoon. Ordered a rattlesnake sausage and a Louisiana red hot with a small order of fries. Sat at the bar and ordered a strong Belgium beer and when my food came I enjoyed a really delicious meal. I hate that it took me so long to hear about it. Just understand that parking isn't the best in the area so if you go at night expect to do some walking and some waiting in line. It's worth the trip!
This place is THE BEST – This place is an absolute MUST EAT.
Here's a tip: if you're feeling brave, go for the Rabbit/Rattlesnake/Jalapeno sausage, with caramelized onions and sweet peppers. I'm a picky eater and trust me, it's not weird, it's just good. Really, really good. Tack on one of their other exotic sausages, and you may even eat 5 different animals in one meal! FTW!
Another tip: get your fries with the truffle oil. Amazing. Choose from about a dozen home-made condiments to go with those fries. I'm partial to the Curry Ketchup and the Thai Peanut sauce.
One more tip: Ignore the spiteful other reviewers who acknowledge the wonderful food and great beer selection (Belgian Ales on tap!), but feel the need to knock the place because lots of people like to eat there. What kind of logic is that?!? "It's so good and popular and hipsters like it, so booooooo" I hear McDonald's serves up a really fast burger for people with that kind of attitude.
However, if you're like me, you'll find Wurstkuche to be a real treat, and if you want to avoid the lines, don't go at prime-time.
Awesome enviornment that fulfills your sausage needs – This place is smokin'. I dined here a while ago for my German class get together. I was amazed at the variety of sausage and beer that they had to offer. I was really fun, the fries are good and greasy (the good way :-) )
I guess long lines are still "trendy" – Traditional inspiration, yes. Good beer, definitely. Great sausage, absolutely. Now if somebody will tell them that it's not worth waiting 10-15 OR MORE minutes standing outside on the friggin sidewalk just to order food. WTF???? How is that cool or fun?
I guess LA hipsters still think it's cool to stand in line for no good reason-- unless just to be seen (lined up like brain dead cattle) What is this place, Pinks? I don't go there anymore either.
I'd rather buy brats and beer from a boring German deli than stand in line in one of the worst neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
Food for the Adventurous – With so many restaurants recycling the same few food items- Kobe sliders and truffle mac and cheese, to name a few- Wurstkuche distinguishes itself from the pack with a refreshingly unique menu. They bill themselves as a “purveyor of exotic grilled sausages,” and that’s exactly what they deliver. They serve nearly two-dozen different kinds of sausages ranging from the tame such as the Vegetarian Smoked Apple Sage and traditional style Kielbasa to the more adventurous like the Alligator & Pork or the Rattlesnake & Rabbit. Personally, I was not brave enough to try any of these exotic meats, but everyone who does says that they are really good. The sausages might be what lure you in, but it’s with the rest of their menu that they prove that they really know what they’re doing. “Do you want fries with that?” Yes! You absolutely do! In my opinion, their double dipped fries are just as much of a draw as their sausages. It’s not just the fries that are amazing, however, it’s the dipping sauces from which there are over ten to choose from including a white truffle oil glaze, bleu cheese walnut and bacon, and Thai peanut. Of course, I have to mention the desserts as well. They serve Coolhaus ice cream sandwiches here! Yay! Great for if you’re too lazy to track down the truck. There’s also convenient street parking which is always a plus.
Here’s the catch: When you enter, you have to go all the way around to the back kitchen to order, and this line can be extremely long. Once you’ve done this, you can proceed to the dining area that resembles a cafeteria with its community tables and long benches. It’s actually a fun atmosphere as long as you don’t mind sharing your space. Also, because it’s so crowded the food can take a while, but this brings me to the final reason why this spot is so awesome- their beer selection. While you wait, there is an incredible selection of Belgium and German beers to pick from. If you can’t make up your mind, the bartenders really know their stuff here and can help you out. Or if you know exactly what you want and want a lot of it, you can get a boot of beer! This is a great spot for an adventurous group with nowhere to be.
Transports you to beer garden heaven – Grab a pint, choose a sausage and get your brown paper tablecloth oily with your order of fries at Wurstkuche and go to a Munchen dreamland.
Great after work spot!
Citysearch Editorial Review – Talk about a meat market: It's a wiener wonderland at this Downtown L.A. purveyor of exotic grilled sausages. Located in a brick-and-mortar corner shop in the heart of the Arts District, this German/Belgian eatery is the brainchild and partnership of cousins and sausage buffs Joseph Pitruzzelli and Tyler Wilson. Aimed at giving folks a little something beyond the basic pork and beef experience, the menu here is wildly eclectic with items ranging from the somewhat familiar (sausage sandwiches, Belgian fries with strawberry ketchup and other flavors) to the downright exotic (think sausages in varieties such as seafood, seitan, rattlesnake, alligator with apricot and pheasant with cranberry).
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