I’m a glutton for gastro-punishment. I’ve waited three hours for sushi in Japan, spent 12 hours in an airport to try street food in China. Risked Montezuma’s Revenge for authentic Mexican fish tacos, Bussed half a day through Chile to try a vegan hostel’s restaurant, spent three days off roading in Mongolia for a smoked fish lunch. So you can believe I’m going to wait in line for half an hour in Downtown LA for some sausages.
But as any unemployed person in LA can tell you, why wait for over an hour on a busy day when you can wait a few days and walk right in on a slow day. It’s midday thursday, after the lunch rush, I walk in straight past the empty sidewalk. When inside I’m still greeted by a line but only a half dozen deep. Even this pitiful excuse for a line takes 15 minutes to get to the front to order. After I order I sit in the back and wait. It takes almost twenty minutes for me to get my order. I’d hate to sit here for two hours total one day.
At the end of the meal, I’m out 15 dollars and an hour total of my day. Is it worth the wait? It’s worth the wait if you can get some work done, check some emails, have a conference call or two, network with some other hip locals while you wait in line. Just make sure to bring your smartphone and charge it before getting into the area.
It’s not the most “alright” sausage in town. It’s not the most “okay” sausage in town. It’s the best damn sausage in town even thought I balked at the rabbit and side-stepped past the rattlesnake. I went straight for the regular Bockwurst but didn’t regret it at all. Some sauces are an extra charge but at the tables they have a massive amount of Mustards free of charge. Take your free side of sauce and concoct a mustard mixup while you wait for the sausage to arrive.
Just make sure you have some activities or a good conversational partner before working your way into DTLA for some sausage at Wurstkuche.