Three or four times a year, my wife and I drive to Mt. Angel and stock up on bratwurst and other sausages at the Mt. Angel Sausage Co. This time we stopped and had lunch at the company’s restaurant. It being a sunny day, we looked for seating on the restaurant’s deck and seated ourselves at the one table not occupied.
We had menus and water in a matter of minutes. I learned long ago that when in a steak house, don’t order fish. Following that line or reasoning, I shied from the fish and chips and ordered the fricadelwurst, a spicy chicken sausage, with onions and sauerkraut. My wife, being more adventurous, ordered the pulled pork sandwich (which, granted, fits with the theme of the restaurant) and salad (which doesn’t). The waitress complimented my wife on her resolve, saying she always falls prey to temptation and gets the sweet potato fries, which, like the salad, is a choice included with the pulled pork sandwich. In retrospect, after trying the salad, my wife wished she wasn’t so keen on her resolve. At the salad bar, which to give the restaurant some slack was only recently installed, my wife found only a limited offering of fresh vegetables, including tomatoes and beets, and a lettuce mix with mainly iceberg lettuce, carrots and radicchio, all of which had the quality of a bagged salad mix.To be fair, I should mention that the waitress asked my wife for suggestions on the salad bar, since it was a new venture for the restaurant and they were looking for ways to improve.
From there things picked up. The pulled pork sandwich was succulent, tasty and cooked to perfection in a sauce that complemented the pork without overpowering it. The pork was very lean, fresh and piled high in a delicious chewy pretzel bun that maintained its integrity, instead of dissolving halfway through the meal, which, unfortunately, seems common when eating pulled pork sandwiches. Being a regular consumer of the company’s sausages, I had a pretty good idea what I was getting into with my fricadelwurst sandwich.
The company advertises their sausage as all natural, no chemicals, no byproducts: Quite possibly the world’s finest handmade sausages. True to the company’s character, I wasn’t disappointed. Slightly spicy, the fricadelwurst is possibly my favorite of the sausage company’s many offerings. But it is hard to choose a favorite between selections such as the currywurst and the standard bratwurst. I ordered the sandwich complete with sautéed onions and sauerkraut. The bun, like the pretzel bun that came with the pulled pork and unlike some hot dog buns, was substantial and fresh. The cole slaw that came with the sausage sandwich also was outstanding. It included a sweet, slightly tangy sauce on a fresh cabbage mix.
The price, $6.99 for the sandwich and cole slaw, also was right. We also ordered a side of French fries. Here again, our high expectations were met. The crispy, curly shoestring fries were cut extra fine, piled high and were outstanding.
Given the high price of gas, the 20 mile drive from Salem to Mt. Angel can add considerably to the cost of a meal. But the quality of the meal, friendly service, low cost and sunny atmosphere can make an afternoon or evening excursion to the sausage company highly rewarding and well worth the extra cost for gas.
- Owner: Jim Hoke
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- Information: www.ropesausage.com