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Wurstküche

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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

800 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, California, 90013-1820
United States

(213) 687-4444 | map
wurstkucherestaurant.com

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Added by corona151 on 11-27-2008

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
45
pDev:
7.8%
 
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Photo of DoubleJ
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Eating sausages with beer is a delight, but eating gourmet sausage with gourmet beer is enough to fullfill anyone's culinary fantasy. The place is a little hole in the wall south of Union Station. the interior is small, with seating for 12 in eye-catching red seats. Bright colored wood make a great contrast with the faded brick which made up the upper half of the walls. Loud, but mellow music with quality speakers helped make this place to unwind as a waited for and ate/drank my order.

Over 20 taps behind the counter, with the focus on German and Belgian beers. A printed beer menu shows you what type of beer, the ABV, and the serving size of a given beer. Goodies on draft include Aventinus, Reissdorf Kolsch, Gouden Carolus, Delirium Nocturum, Allagash White, and Tripel Karmeliet. There were a handful of bottled offerings, but I went for a draft of Reissdorf Kolsch. The beers were served in an amazing manner. They were fresh, served in proper glassware, and served at a cool, but not cold temperature. (update: I've even gotten La Trappe Quadrupel in its own glass here!) There is one major downside to the beer, and it is the price per pour on most. $11 for draft Aventinus?! Most will be in the $6-8 range.

Now the highlight...the food. Oh dear science, they did it right. The bratwurst I had had a phenominal flavor and rivals the best brats I've ever tasted. It comes served with two toppings of your choice. It brats aren't for you, they have over 20 varieties of sausage to choose from tradtional ones to more exotic flavors. Oh, and get an order of fries...truly awesome stuff. The best fries I ever tasted, period! Freshly cut pomme frites, never frozen, and served with your choice of unique dipping sauce.

There are enough good taps to excite a beer geek, but when you can add on great presentation of the beer with awesome....that makes for a destination which is not to be missed.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is simply one of the really cool and neat new places in Los Angeles. Located in a bit of a weird place that's initially hard to find, it's worth the effort.

Beer selections are very good with nice varieties on tap and bottles. A good "beer bar" in and off itself and worthy of a special trip if relatively close by.

However, the sausages are first rate! The Rabbit, Duck and Rattlesnake should not be missed. Fantastic. Don't even bother with a bun or toppings. The sausage itself is the star.

Best french fries you will ever have....period.

This is worthy of a special trip. Take your wife or husband; take a date; this is a fun, cool, hip and nice place. You'll like it and you'll make plans to come back while you're still there eating and drinking!

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Photo of mrcraft
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

This place is located near Little Tokyo in the Arts District. I went today around 3 p.m. to miss the crowd. Good thing. I got right in, ordered and got my food quickly. For the most part, it's a nice atmosphere. You order and pay for your food at the front, get a number, and sit in a communal area in the back with a bar. There's also an outdoor seating area.

I ordered the rabbit and pork sausage with some fries. I thought my sausage was dry. I don't know if they cooked it well since it had pork in it. I was expecting something more juicy. Since there are reviews here about the rattlesnake and rabbit sausage being good, I'll try that next time. The fries were good. I really liked some of their mustards like dijon and honey mustard.

I didn't order any beer, just had water.

I'll be back, got to try something else. Today wasn't a home run, unfortunately.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of jgasparine
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere- Think a classic German beergarten that was completely redecorated by a modernist. The social atmosphere is great, the people are great. A good time had by all.

Quality- Cleanliness and care is clearly put into all aspects of this operation, down to their cucumber flavored water. Their beer is all high quality, and so is their food.

Service- Not much service by design. Order at a counter and self-service water... but they do bring your food to your table. The service that you DO get by design is quite good.

Selection- Not a great selection by measure of quantity, but definitely a great selection by measure of quality. Many great German beers here, as you would expect (including a Berliner Weisse), but also a number of Belgian and US beers on the list to balance things out!

Food- I had the rattlesnake and rabbit sausage with peppers and onions. It was just superb. The side of fries was had with chipotle aioli, and that was about average.

Overall- A place I very much look forward to revisiting!

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4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Retsinis
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of joedon
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This place is a bit hard to find for a tourist; in a sort of run-down "artsy" neighborhood away from downtown. The exterior is a non-descript industrial building and the interior is rather stark exposed rafters, picnic tables, outdoor steel cafe tables and chairs. The bar in the main dining room is pretty cool with a row of giant Chimay bottles lined up on the back bar.

Excellent beer and food. The menu is nothing but sausage with various toppings and sauces and "Belgian" fries. I had the bratwurst with kraut and onions which was near perfection. The fries were also outstanding and available with a variety of dipping sauces.

The beer menu is also noteworthy. On draft, they have 12 Belgians and 10 Germans. Three American beers on tap: Rasputin, Allagash and PBR! Several more choices in bottles; mostly Belgian. I had a 500ml Optimator for $6.00.

Service was kind of a weak point. You order your food and beer at the front door and then your meal is delivered to a table that you have selected. I was there on a weekday at lunch with only 3 other tables occupied. It seemed to take about 15 minutes for the (rather simple) food to arrive. I hate to think what it would be like on a busy weekend night.

Overall, I enjoyed the beer and food but this place isn't really my style. If it were relocated to an old neighborhood in St. Paul I might become a regular.

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Photo of psoriasaurus
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of mjl21
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped in here on my recent Southern California trip. This was about two blocks from my friend's new loft. It is located in downtown LA. I can't speak tor how the parking situation is as I walked here. The area seemed a little rough at night.

When you walk into the space, you immediately hit the counter area. The ordering process is pretty simple: grab a paper menu, place your sausage and/or beer orders, add any sides, and grab your number and wait for your food. When I arrived the line was not bad, but it quickly was out the door. The seating area is down a long hallway. There is a lot of room inside, although the night we went we elected to eat outside. They also have a bar in the dining room area.

The beer selection definitely veers towards Euro offerings, particularly Belgians. The only American drafts they had were Old Rasputin, PBR, and Allagash White. They had a lot of nice Euro beers including Duvel Green, Delerium Nocturnum, Aventinus, St. B Abt 12, and Chimay White. The beer prices were quite expensive. They go anywhere from $2.50 for a PBR to $11 for an Aventinus. They do a good job of updating their current selection and prices on their website. They do use the proper glassware for their beers.

The sausages were very good. They have a lot of different varieties that range in price from $6.00 to $7.75. I had a Duck, Bacon, Jalapeno sausage that was very good. The fries we got were not as good as I expected, but the dipping sauces are very good. I recommend the curry ketchup and chipotle ketchup.

I would describe this as a more expensive version of Rosamunde/Toronado in SF. The food was good, but the beers were very expensive. I would go back due to the proximity to my buddy's loft, but I wouldn't go out of my way to go here.

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Photo of ubiq3000
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Teen-o
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Sicem99
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of sheenisgod
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Seriously this place is rad. Cool spot in the arts district of LA. Amazing rattlesnake rabbit and jalapeño sausage with some crispy Belgian fries. It seems that people mainly come here for the crazy sausages but really you can't forget all the amazing Belgian beers here. This place is worth the drive, wait and not so great parking. Cool place to hang out.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

You enter through a small cafeteria-like front room, where you order food and/or beer. The grill and cold-case are up here along with the cash registers and a small wall of custom taps (which replicate the offerings in the main bar). Someone will come take your order if the line is long and bring your beer to you while you wait in line (a nice touch).You pay up front and another server brings your food to your table (by tracking down your number placard). Service is friendly, knowledgable, and prompt.

Eclectic, friendly, relaxed, younger crowd fills up the large dining hall in back (which has a couple subdivisions of smaller tables if you don't want to sit at the long communal benches. A wall-length bar is on one side of the room, while a DJ is squeezed into a corner. It is rather loud (at least when it fills up in the evening), but not so much that you can't have a conversation with the person next to you.

Beers are served in appropriate branded glassware - in quantities clearly stated on the menu. The beer seemed fresh, and the tap-lines clean, the only criticism I can levy is that some of the Belgian styles are served a bit too cold. Bottle list is a good extension of the tap-list. Plenty of offerings from Spaten, Reissdorf, Bitburger, Aventinus, Erdinger, Uerige, Aecht, etc on the German side; St. Bernardus, Chimay, Golden Carolus, Chouffe, La Trappe, etc on the Belgian. Sours are decently represented as well from Berliner Weisse to Flanders Red - they know their beers here. For those wanting to throw money around, you can even order jeroboams of Chimay or methuselahs of Duvel. Not sure how often the selection changes, but they keep an updated menu online. Their craft soda selection is superior as well.

The sausages are slightly small, but well made and very tasty (augmented by a variety of house-made toppings and mustards). Fries are on the larger side, and perfectly cooked/seasoned.

Prices are somewhat high ($6 - $11 for draught beers...not counting the $2.50 PBR; $5.75 - $7.50 for sausages; the exotics aren't any more flavorful than the classics by the way)...but for an occasional premium "beer garden" fix, it is worth stopping in.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jwolfe1311
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

no ipas. BUT tons of good German beer. Good food. Good atmosphere.

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Photo of Fern13
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of bigjoe786
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of sjrodriguez
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of T_Hass
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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