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Wurstküche

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

34 Ratings
Ratings: 34
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.55%
Taps: 26
Bottles: 24
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

800 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, California, 90013-1820
United States
phone: (213) 687-4444

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Notes:
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(Place added by: corona151 on 11-27-2008)
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

RoyFokker, Feb 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Fern13, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of chugger14
3.79/5  rDev -10%

It's hard not to love a place that has rabbit sausage, Belgian fries and 25+ quality beers on tap.

The sausages and fries are so good I've gone a few times at lunch and didn't even drink a beer. gasp.

You order in one small room, order and get your beer, then walk down a hallway into a much bigger room, find a place to sit with your number and wait for food. Kind of an odd service style but it works for the most part.

I typically prefer hoppy beers which is not the style here. This is a German and Belgian beer joint and while all of the taps are really great beers, none are hard to find and they hardly ever rotate.

I have had mixed experiences. Sometimes I've waiting a really long time to order, even longer to get food, and sometimes I just eat, drink, drink some more and leave without a hiccup. I would never give a bad review because the line is too long, but I have had some problems getting served because they attract such a big crowd. Just syin...

chugger14, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of Retsinis
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%

Wurstkuche. Although I live nowhere near this place, I've been there about a half dozen times. Largely due to a very close friends in-laws living nearby, and been invited to join them for lunch. Great local spot that has really exploded from when it first opened and I got a chance to check it out. Forewarning, if you go on some days, there WILL be a line to order.

I would designate this spot as good beer spot (though nothing extreme, or rare that you might find at say Surly, Verdugo, Blue Palms, etc.), that carries some local So Cal brews from time to time (Bootleggers comes to mind) but mostly focuses on German Beers, along with a nice selection of Belgians.

The main draw though is the food. You select what type of sausage, bun (or no bun) toppings, dressings, and any sides, along with your beer order. Your given a number for your food, your beer, and then have to find a spot to eat on the other side of the kitchen while you wait for your order. There is a 2nd bar there as well if your not interested in the food, but if you’re at Wurstkuche, I highly recommend having food, since it's such a large draw, and is pretty good too.

All in all, the spot brings a good amount of life ( and quality beer) to this neighborhood, that has seen some revitalization over the last 10 years. Growing up in the 1980's, the area was pretty run down, and while there are still some remnants of that, locally business seem to be coming back, as well as families to rent lofts, which is great, and Wurstkuche is a part of that community.

Retsinis, May 25, 2011
Photo of Abrahammer
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%

a good place to have a sausage and a brew. they specialize in Belgian beers and have a couple german and domestic (remember Old Rasputin and PBR).

really chill atmosphere, decent sized back room, crowd was mellow, and parking is pretty easy (the place is in the artist district, 2 blocks east of little tokyo).

the staff is great--they let me try samples of different beers and humored my appeal to vary their tap list (they have 26 taps in the front entrance and want the same beers on the 26 taps in the back).

prices are pretty average for belgian beer in la ($8-10), but what pushed me to select "a bit pricey" were their sausages. they have a variety of gourmet sausages ranging from brats to rattlesnake+rabbit. very yummy, but a bit pricey.

nonetheless, looking forward to my next visit. Trying to have a meeting there since its pretty spacious and not too loud. and good belgian brew doesn't hurt.

new notes for 02/09:
the line for ordering food/beer can get pretty long and since there is only one cashier, it can take a while . . . felt like i was in line 30 min to only put my order in, then i had to wait to be served. staff is still super cool and try to put a beer in your hand asap, but the setup should be rethought or expanded.

Abrahammer, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%

This place is a madhouse from 5 to 7 p.m. The loft scene and young professionals all empty into this place after work for their fries and obscure bratwursts. The line for food is a bit ridiculous for what amounts to a highbrow Pink's but to each his own, this site is not called Hotdogadvocate.com.

The beers are fairly one note with plenty of german/belgian offerings. Of note they had Duvel Green and some other rare beers but the pricing, $9 at times, is a bit too much given the location and atmosphere. I guess this place is better than Angel City brewing, but it just isn't worth the money and hectic madness. Sitting on park table benches isn't amazing either. Parking situation is a nightmare. These things aren't exactly dispositive but it certainly is a drawback.

Don't avoid, but you may feel that sparing visits may be warranted.

SubpoenaDeuces, May 31, 2011
Photo of willbolk
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%

Space is pretty utilitarian, some tables and some benches.

Mostly belgian and german offerings, plus Allagash White, Old Raspy and PBR(!). Full list is on their website. Beers are a bit pricey.

While they have a pretty eclectic selection of sausages, the quality isn't anything to rave about. They're tasty, but how amazing can sausages be? Sausages start around $6.50, and aren't too big. The fries are good and they have a wide selection of dipping sauces.

We go when we visit friends who live in the area, but probably wouldn't go otherwise.

willbolk, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of jminsc76
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%

Been to this place many times before, now it's time for a review.

The atmosphere is awesome, and it attracts not so many beer geeks as it does artists, hipsters, families (staring at a rather large one right now), and people who loves them some German beers with their brats.

Speaking of brats, the selection is phenomenal, and a quick internet search will reveal the variety of both the traditional and exotic they serve, as well as Belgian style fries and several dipping sauces meant to pair with said fries.

The beer selection, to the beer geek, may appear to be a different story. Don't expect to come here for rotating tapes, but do expect plenty of taps of Belgian, German, and presently three American beers. Also plenty of Belgian and German beers in bottle as well. Most of the beers are quality (the Pabst Blue Ribbon is probably there to placate the undoubtedly recurring Hipster crowd) and includes well-knowns such as Optimator, Chimay White, Allagash White, etc. This place is less concerned with keeping up with Beer Geek Times and more about offering a well-established lineup meant to complement and contrast the food, while at the very least offering refreshment to those here for the exotic brats and fries.

The quality of the food is excellent. I am pairing one of my favorite brats - the rabbit, veal, and pork sausage with white wine - with an Allagash White, and it pairs beautifully (thank you lovely woman at the cash register; more on the service in a moment). The strong, yeasty, spicy, herbal notes pair well with the game-y yet delicate flavors of the brat, which is also topped with kraut and grilled onions. More of a complement than a contrast, but so what? There are plenty of other excellent brat-with-beer-combinations, so don't be afraid to ask the servers for a recommendation.

As far as the service is concerned, it's good. I tested the gastronomical instinct of the woman at the register by asking what I should pair my brat with, Allagash or Kolsh, and she impressed me by suggesting the former. Here is where it could improve slightly: get another damn register. The line is way too long, and while I understand it's presently a spacing issue they need to improve upon this.

Another issue for me (and many others apparently) is the price. An Allagash White and an exotic brat, which isn't large either, cost me $15.00 at least.

Bottom line, everything is tasty, service is good, atmosphere is excellent, but you pay an arm and a leg for it. It's worth it in the end but not necessarily on a regular basis.

jminsc76, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of acebrigade
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%

I love the food here...LOVE...My usual is the duck/bacon/Jalapeno with onions and kraut. I've had most of the sausages however, and they are lovely. The fries (with truffle oil glaze) are the best in Los Angeles. And I'm saying that as a lifelong native.

But for the love of god, just because you're in downtown doesn't mean the only american beer you should have on tap is fucking PBR. Get a clue and put some california IPAs on draft. Sausages and IPAs are a combo sent from the heavens. Get with it WorstCoochie!

acebrigade, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of davexisxrabid
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%

I consider this place more of a restaurant than a beer bar because of the way it's arranged and the crowd that goes there.

Clean wooden tables alonside sooty looking red brick walls. The bathrooms were pretty clean though.

Service was quick and attentive and they have examples of all the type of sausage you can have by the ordering counter. I had the rattlesnake and rabbit (which was good) and the alligator (or crocodile, I always get the too confused) and pork which was tasty but a bit dry.

They had a pretty good selection of German and Belgian beer, a bit on the pricey side though. My bro ended up getting a Kostrizker and because they had Chimay, I decided to stick with that. I saw some damn hipster drinking a PBR. Why do all the LA yuppies and hipster drink PBR? I feel like I'm stuck in the movie Blue Velvet and have to listen to Dennis Hopper talk abotu PBR.

All in all, the food is pretty good, the beer is good, and definitely worth checking out. The place is rather small though and narrow.

davexisxrabid, Feb 26, 2009
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Wurstküche in Los Angeles, CA
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