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Beers, Brats, and Buns: Wurstküche Preps Westside Debut

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A trio of sausages from Wurstküche in Downtown (Elise Thompson/LAist)
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By Katherine Peach/Special to LAist

Westside foodies will no longer have to pine over the “exotic grilled sausages” of Wurstküche, known to many as the sausage kitchen for its literal German translation. The popular downtown location in the historic Arts District will expand to its own Venice locale. The Westside digs will replace the newly departed Air Conditioned lounge on Lincoln Boulevard.

Owners Joseph Pitruzzelli and Tyler Wilson plan to open the location no earlier than May, said Pitruzzelli.

All sausages served on fresh bun with pick-your-own toppings. The kitchen offers more than 20 sausages ranging from the classic bratwurst to the exotic alligator and pork, rattlesnake and rabbit with jalapeños, or duck and bacon seasoned with white whine. Not to mention the chicken apple with spices is downright addicting. For a true modern twist, three vegan sausages are also available. Warning: They will be cooked on the same grill as the rest of the meat. Belgian fries paired with your choice of 10 dipping sauces to complete the meal.

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The food and drinks are ordered at the counter, cafeteria style before finding a spot in the large dining hall. Long, common tables are lined up allowing for a casual night with up to 30 of your closest friends. The menu offers more or less two dozen Belgian, German and domestic beers on tap and almost 20 bottled beers. Wine and specialty sodas are available for the calorie conscious or underage.

The Venice location is sure to be open late for those hungry for something to soak up all the carefully crafted Belgian brews. For more information about the grand opening visit the sausage purveyors online.