Wursthaus Schmitz, Brauhaus Schmitz‘s Reading Terminal outpost, has finally opened. Unlike Brauhaus on South Street, Wursthaus is a beer free, German deli. They offer several different cured meats, sides, sausages, and even specialty German groceries. The biggest attraction to me, a luncher who works nearby, is the five different specialty sandwich offerings.
Being within a few blocks of my office, I have gone twice already. The first time I got The Bavarian, a sausage sandwich consisting of smoked Bauernwurst, Bavarian cole slaw, horseradish sauce, and fried onions. It is easily one of the best sausages sandwiches I have ever had. All the flavors of this sandwich tasted really great together. It took a lot for me not to get it again the second time. On my second visit I got The Hungarian, a sausage sandwich consisting of smoked Hungarian bratwurst, beef goulash, and roasted hot Hungarian peppers. The Hungarian sure packed some heat, too. It, however, was not overwhelming heat, as I was able to feel warm yet enjoy the sandwich. Both sausages were cooked perfectly and with each bite you could “snap” into the casing.
The sandwiches are being served on fresh baked rolls from South Philly’s Ba Le Bakery. Priced at $8, they’re enough to satisfy one hungry individual or to split with a friend. For $6, they offer “naked” sausages on a roll. There is a small condiment bar to top that sausage with either curry ketchup, Bavarian sweet mustard, spicy mustard, or ketchup.
The Schmitz, a sausage sandwich made up of Brauhaus’s housemade bratwurst, pork & sauerkraut, and mustard, is being served on a pretzel roll. This sandwich has been put on hold as they’re waiting for the pretzel rolls. I can’t wait to try this one when they get em in!