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5 Best Spots to Grab a Winnipeg Sausage

Winnipeg Sausage

The best Winnipeg sausage: an international sampling of recipes can be found throughout the city

Winnipeg is populated by people from many places, and that diversity is ours to taste at the city’s many old-school deli shops. Each butcher has cherished recipes for traditional homemade sausage. Winnipeg is proud to be home all of them, and our local experts have hunted down the some of the finest. From quintessential kielbasa to the best wurst, here are five banging bangers that are worth stinking up your suitcase for.

#1 Ellice Meat Market & European Deli
At Ellice Meat Market, spicy Leberkäse sausage is known throughout Winnipeg as a fresh combination of corned beef, pork and bacon. Pair with dense German bread and sauerkraut for a stellar sandwich.
• Ellice Meat Market & European Deli, 712 Ellice Ave., 204-783-6288, Facebook page 
• Map and reviews

#2 La Grotta Mediterranean Market
Choices can be tricky at La Grotta, where a vast selection of house-made sausage ranges from bison and chipotle to lamb and fennel. Can’t Decide? Consult Tony, the resident butcher.
• La Grotta Mediterranean Market, 1360 Taylor Ave., 204-982-9461, lagrotta.ca 
Map and reviews

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#3 Portage Meat & Sausage Deli
Portage Deli’s andouille sausage is a heavily smoked pork meat and fat number punctuated with red and black pepper. This traditionally French sausage is a touchstone ingredient of hot and spicy Cajun cooking, such as gumbo and jambalaya.
• Portage Meat & Sausage Deli, 1032 Portage Ave., 204-775-5023, Facebook page
• Map and reviews

#4 Portuguese Fish & Food Market
For authentic, house-made chouriço sausage, look no further than eastern Winnipeg’s Portuguese Fish & Food. The smoke-dried pork sausage gleans a reddish hue from piquant dried chile peppers.
• Portuguese Fish & Food Market, 460 William Ave., 204-943-8793, Facebook page 
• Map and reviews

#5 Tenderloin Meat & Sausage
Tenderloin Meat & Sausage, a Winnipeg mainstay, has been perfecting its garlic kielbasa since 1985. No fillers here—the Polish specialty is made with liberal amounts of fresh garlic and salt, black pepper, marjoram and paprika. Ideal for grilling or as a cold cut.
• Tenderloin Meat & Sausage, 1483 Main St., 204-582-2280, tenderloinmeats.com 
• Map and reviews


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