Table Hopping – July 2012
“Dog Days of Summer . . .Sausages.”
3044 Gillham Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
Chris Seferyn, owner of Velvet Dog, and his partners in Haus, Desmond Carr and Shawn Fahey, have now claimed an additional corner on Martini Corner for their newest restaurant venture. Haus is a German-style beer garden is serving unique sausages that range from classic to gourmet to exotic for $6-8. You can add two toppings on your sausage for that price and you should definitely try the handcut french fries, which are delicious as well. All of the sausages are handmade by Chef Alex Pope at his new butcher shop, The Local Pig. Try the Lamb, Cumin and Oregano sausage or the Chicken Jalapeño Pineapple sausage. A huge list of mostly German-style beers will tempt. SIT: outside on the picnic tables during these long summer nights, somehow everything tastes better when it is eaten outside.
7702 Shawnee Mission Parkway
Overland Park, KS 66202
Located right on Shawnee Mission Parkway, you will see the people eating at the outdoor tables in front of the restaurant before you actually see the place itself. Owners, Will Brown and Sal Frustaci decided a hot dog place is what KC needed, and after 20 years in the restaurant business they opened this place. They offer Nathan’s hot dogs, Scimeca’s Italian sausages, brats and even a veggie dogs for vegetarians. Their specialty dogs have names like: The Doberman, a German-style dog with sauerkraut and spicy mustard. Get the New York dog if you are craving a truly authentic representation of this regional dog. KIDS: will love the small arcade room hidden in the back, perfect place for a kid’s birthday party.
110 West Peoria Street
Paola, KS 66071
Hannes Poetter opened Beethoven’s in Paola, just off the charming main town square, which is simply picture book perfect. The food is mostly German with other more traditional items on the menu too. It’s a family affair with wife/mother Ulrike Poetter serving as the manager, and son Chef Patrick back in the kitchen cooking up simple but delicious German sausages, sauerbraten, schnitzel and spaetzle. Order the veal and pork Weisswurst sausage with Curry Sauce and get two sides and a fresh-baked yeast roll for about $9. A full bar is available along with a nice selection of German beers. OPEN: to the public from Thurs.-Sat. 11 am-9 pm.
101 W est 22nd Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Chef Peter Grunauer has with the help of his son Nicholas and daughter Elisabeth, opened this impressive place in the Freight House District to great reviews. This upscale restaurant delivers traditional Austrian/German dishes like Wiener Schnitzel and Hungarian Beef Goulash. Try the Schweinbraten featuring thick slices of fork tender roasted pork and bread dumplings only $18. You should not leave here without sampling their wonderful selection of handmade pork and veal sausages. Order a single sausage or sample 3 for $18, or all 5 for $25 an make it a meal. DRINK: at the Wunderbar, inside of Grünauer, late night and have the bartender whip you up a fantastic craft cocktail and order a sausage or two from their late night menu.
424 N 6th Street
Kansas City, KS 66101
You have to get up and over to Krizman’s House of Sausage in KCK to actually get Krizman’s sausage, unless you have been lucky enough to try one of Joe Krizman’s sausages at one of our local BBQ joints, many of whom smoke and serve them. Krizman’s has been making and selling sausages on Strawberry Hill since the 1940’s. They do sell to the public, so if you need sausage for 1 or 41 they can hook you up with kielbasa, bratwurst, Italian, andouille, chorizo, knockwurst and even blood sausage. Prices are reasonable, and the staff can give you tips on the best way to prepare each kind of sausage they carry. GET: some of their delicious sauerkraut and povitica bread to take home along with your sausage.