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Foreign Grocery Friday: The Brat to Order in Zurich is a St. Gallen

July 1, 2011 at 12:40 PM | by | ()

When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!

In Germanic Europe, every city, town and even individual restaurant is known for a special type of sausage. For example, the region of Bavaria is all about their weißwurst and the town of Nuremburg has its own smaller version, the Nürnberger Bratwurst. The trend continues further south in Austria and Switzerland, and in Zurich, you'll want to order up a St. Gallen Brat with a Gold Bürli roll. It's a traditional combination in the city, best served at a single heavily-touristed restaurant of course, but it's worth it.

The taste: A St. Gallen is about 6 inches of grilled, milky veal brat goodness. Be careful upon first bite, as the trapped hot juices could burn your tongue. Following this, the heat to beware is that of the mustard. This is a damned spicy mustard—though crazy tasty—and a comic drawing posted in the restaurant warns diner of it. A St. Gallen should be eaten by being dipped in the mustard, chased with a glug of good beer and a bite of the plain and crusty Bürli roll.

The price: 6.80 Euro for the sausage and roll (mustard is complimentary)

Where to find it: The place to find the St. Gallen is Vorderer Sternen, a fancy Swiss restaurant with a side operation that's luckily far more casual. An alfresco part of the restaurant serves up these sausage in neverending quantities; take yours, buy a beer and stand to eat it at a table outside. People-watching here is excellent, as Vorderer Sternen is right across from a major streetcar terminus.

[Photos: Cynthia Drescher for Jaunted]

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