Gourmet hamburger joints have been around for a while and lately new ones seem to be popping up everywhere. But the latest culinary trend of eateries that specialize in one main staple is expanding to include a variety of foods including grilled cheese sandwiches, porchetta sandwiches, meat balls, and sausages. We recently had the opportunity to compare and contrast two recently opened sausage restaurants.
We tried the wild boar with mushrooms and tea(??) and duck with maple and fois gras sausages. They were both nicely grilled, flavourfully spiced and tasty. Of course we could not resist the idea of duck fat fries but we didn't really taste any difference, especially after dipping them in curry and wrvst (spicy) sauces. The fries were also thicker than we like them since we prefer thin crispy fries.
Wvrst is in the huge space that used to be the old Thuet location but is now a casual fast food restaurant where the sausages are ordered at the counter and seating is at long communal tables with bench seating. On a Saturday afternoon with just a few diners, the place seemed cavernous, but I guess it fills up at lunchtime on weekdays, or maybe at night during hockey games projected on a 10 ft screen.
In my opinion, Wrvst was best (pun intended) in this sausage war. Although I'm not sure that either option is worth twice the price of the good old fashioned street sausage, especially from those vendors that provide a slew of toppings including sweet corn, tomato, bacon bits, or if you go to the truck on Queen St in front of City Hall, you can even get grilled onions and mushrooms!
Wrvst - 609 King St West
Fusia Dog - 65 Duncan St.