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Micklethwait Craft Meats’ sausages.
Micklethwait Craft Meats' sausages.
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Ditch the Hot Dog for 11 Exceptional Sausages

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Micklethwait Craft Meats' sausages.
| Robert Strickland/E

Sausages are the fancy cousins of that childhood staple, hot dogs. Austin embraces its German heritage with world-class traditional links to wild and fusion interpretations. If there are any we missed, let us know on the tipline or in the comments below.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Easy Tiger

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709 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 614-4972
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Easily one of the best places for everyone’s beer, bread, and meat needs. Easy Tiger’s housemade sausages range from bratwurst to duck, and a vegetarian option packed with lentils and beets.

2. Frank Restaurant

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407 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 494-6894
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The hot dog king also has both housemade sausages made in-house, custom-made from Austin-based Hudson Sausage Company, or from Goldis’ Smokey Denmark (see above). For a really filling meal, order the Notorious P.I.G., where a pork, bacon, jalepeno, and sage sausage is topped with barbecue sauce and mac n’ cheese, or any of the other specials.

3. Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

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81 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 386-1656
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The Rainey Street sausage and beer oasis offers lots of link options, from traditional bockwurst to game, like antelope, to more out-there with the Thai green curry or a link full of duck, bacon, and figs.

4. Micklethwait Craft Meats

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1309 Rosewood Ave
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 791-5961
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The truck’s daily sausages often sell out, so get there early to try anything from pork belly to Thai chili and beef.

5. Haymaker

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2310 E. Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 243-6702
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Haymaker takes a Midwestern spin on the sausage with its deep fried pork and cheddar balls smothered in gravy. Or opt for Italian sausage or Wisconsin wurst bombers.

6. Contigo Austin

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2027 Anchor Ln.
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 614-2260
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Sausages are meant to be eaten outdoors, and the daily rotating one at Contigo comes armed with a baguette and fries.

7. The Best Wurst

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201 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 912-9545
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The old school cart in downtown happily feeds the Dirty Sixth masses.

8. Salt & Time

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1912 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-1383
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Butcher shops are always a good bet for meats, and Salt & Time doesn’t disappoint with its options, ranging from classic to out-of-the-box.

9. Lonesome Dove Western Bistro

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419 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 271-2474
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Tim Love’s Dallas import mixes rabbit and rattlesnake into a sausage, served either thinly sliced or cut on top of manchego rosti. Or opt for one of the more decadent specials.

10. Dai Due Butcher Shop & Supper Club

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2406 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 524-0688
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Same as Salt & Time, the Cherrywood butcher shop offers traditional sausages, including smoked, breakfast, and more.

11. La Barbecue

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2027 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 605-9696
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The in-house sausage from the barbecue trailer is pure Texas hot guts.

1. Easy Tiger

709 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Easily one of the best places for everyone’s beer, bread, and meat needs. Easy Tiger’s housemade sausages range from bratwurst to duck, and a vegetarian option packed with lentils and beets.
709 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

2. Frank Restaurant

407 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701
The hot dog king also has both housemade sausages made in-house, custom-made from Austin-based Hudson Sausage Company, or from Goldis’ Smokey Denmark (see above). For a really filling meal, order the Notorious P.I.G., where a pork, bacon, jalepeno, and sage sausage is topped with barbecue sauce and mac n’ cheese, or any of the other specials.
407 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701

3. Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

81 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
The Rainey Street sausage and beer oasis offers lots of link options, from traditional bockwurst to game, like antelope, to more out-there with the Thai green curry or a link full of duck, bacon, and figs.
81 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

4. Micklethwait Craft Meats

1309 Rosewood Ave, Austin, TX 78702
The truck’s daily sausages often sell out, so get there early to try anything from pork belly to Thai chili and beef.
1309 Rosewood Ave
Austin, TX 78702

5. Haymaker

2310 E. Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
Haymaker takes a Midwestern spin on the sausage with its deep fried pork and cheddar balls smothered in gravy. Or opt for Italian sausage or Wisconsin wurst bombers.
2310 E. Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

6. Contigo Austin

2027 Anchor Ln., Austin, TX 78723
Sausages are meant to be eaten outdoors, and the daily rotating one at Contigo comes armed with a baguette and fries.
2027 Anchor Ln.
Austin, TX 78723

7. The Best Wurst

201 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
The old school cart in downtown happily feeds the Dirty Sixth masses.
201 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

8. Salt & Time

1912 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
Butcher shops are always a good bet for meats, and Salt & Time doesn’t disappoint with its options, ranging from classic to out-of-the-box.
1912 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

9. Lonesome Dove Western Bistro

419 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701
Tim Love’s Dallas import mixes rabbit and rattlesnake into a sausage, served either thinly sliced or cut on top of manchego rosti. Or opt for one of the more decadent specials.
419 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701

10. Dai Due Butcher Shop & Supper Club

2406 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
Same as Salt & Time, the Cherrywood butcher shop offers traditional sausages, including smoked, breakfast, and more.
2406 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

11. La Barbecue

2027 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
The in-house sausage from the barbecue trailer is pure Texas hot guts.
2027 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

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