What can one say?
One can't really say too much about Mattern Sausage & Meats
. Meaning, there is too too much to be said about the greatness that is Mattern.
In the 1980s at the Orange street fair we were gobsmacked by HOW GOOD were the grilled bratwurst sold by the Phoenix Club. A friend goes well ya, they're from Mattern.
And we were like, wait, Mattern? And she goes, I don't know why you don't go there yourselves, you live right near them. (Hills of E. Orange, at the time.)
So we are like we are SO going there.
And so we did.
And continue to, all this time. When the Dauphin came along and got big enough to be a babe in arms the nice Mattern ladies would give him a slice of tender, perfect garlic bologna to eat... to paraphrase Calvin Trillin writing about Russ & Daughters, I believe it was, in NYC, they know how to treat adorable babies in Mattern. (Also in the Tustin Claro's, I can attest.)
Today, at 6'2" and growing his favorite thing at Mattern is fleischsalat
, meat salad. Salad, made of meat. Why mess around?
So, everything is good here. Try the dry cured farmer's ham sliced very very thin w/melon. Don't miss the bockwurst, my personal fave. Bratwurst either raw or smoked, exemplary isn't even the word, and the perfect rolls and mustard of course. Be sure to specify cooked sauerkraut if you want a slightly reduced caramelized version with bits of meat in there and I think you do. Smoked liverwurst, major yum. Double-smoked bacon, perfection. Too much to list. Go look in the case.
I love to buy a smoked pork shop and cook it in a big pot of beans. Oh my goodness. Used to be able to buy lovely veal, made many many a blanquette
with it; sadly no more veal in the case. But luckily it's still in the sausages that call for it.
Sandwiches? Fugeddaboutit. Just get a bunch of 'em. Call ahead if it's anywhere like 2 hours on either side of noon. You will not regret this, either the sandwiches or the calling ahead during the lunch rush. It's not unpleasant to wait around in the bustling cheery fray but if you are the slightest bit hungry the sights and sounds and smells will excruciate you.
Conveniently, we kept our E. Orange dentist and hygenist and we can combine our regular teeth cleaning w/Mattern visits now that we no longer live nearby.
How often does one have the good fortune to find such important things as a good dentist and a stellar German sausage shop that stay the same, improve, even, over more or less 20 years of patronage?