I had a meeting at the Zoo on Friday. The moment I scheduled it I knew I’d also be stopping at the Sausage Shoppe, nearby on Memphis Avenue. I adore Norm Heinle’s leberwurst and it’s been among my favorite sources for German style cured meats ever since I first visited back in the mid 90’s while working on the second edition of Cleveland Ethnic Eats. On my recent visit I got three bags worth of stuff. Ate most of the liver pate, mettwurst, and slices of Sheffler ham that night accompanied by a green salad, a couple of crusty stick-thin Parisette loaves from Zoss the Swiss Baker and a really nice bottle of Pinot Noir (Mark West, 2007) on sale at Zagarra’s Marketplace in Cleveland Heights for the bargain price of $11.99. Cooked the white brats and garlic sausage on the grill last night. Heaven.
Not sure yet what I want to do the piece of speck-double smoked bacon. I almost forgot to buy some but was reminded when I ran into Paulius Nasvytis, proprieter of The Velvet Tango Room, recently named one of the 100 best places to enjoy a cocktail (and its sure to be the best cocktail you’ve ever had) in the country by Food and Wine. He was stocking up so he can offer Tango guests a little something to go with their libations-thin slices of the tasty pork belly on dark rye and serves with sweet and spicy mustard.
You never know what local-or national celebrity- you’re going to run into at The Sausage Shoppe. Below is a clip from the day Tony Bourdain, star of the Travel Channel show No Reservations, visited while filming an all-Cleveland segment.
I was standing just out of camera range when it was filmed, and got to taste all the good stuff too!