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Authentic German sausages and beers at Prost!

Chef Martin shows off his sausages
Chef Martin shows off his sausages
Chef Martin's Alpine Brand Sausages

If you like sausages and beer, and you like authentic German (and Wisconsin) flavors, visit Prost! Located at 2566 N. Lincoln Ave., the place features Chef Martin's Alpine Brand hand-crafted sausages plus pickled treasures like thin-sliced beets, pickled red cabbage and tender, tasty sauerkraut. Oh, and their warm potato salad will make you feel like you’re eating at your Aunt Gretel’s big family dining table.

The menu includes more than just wursts. You can also get items like sauerbraten and schnitzel as well as sandwiches like Prost’s Pork Bellly Reuben and a Schnitzel Hoagie, plus more prosaic fare like grilled chicken in a club sandwich. I suggest you go when you’re good and hungry because what’s the point if you can’t indulge thoroughly?

It’s a comfortable atmosphere for kicking back, drinking beer and eating solid German food. General Manager Vince Baratta exudes warmth and good humor, and you'll find him behind the bar, too, on weekends. Oh, and he says Wisconsin fans will love the cheese curds and all the Packers, Brewers, Bucks, Admirals games shown on the big screen TVs around the space.

From traditional bratwurst, knackwurst and chicken wurst to non-traditional jalapeno cheddar bratwurst (availability of specific varieties varies by location), these juicy delectable sausages go great with Prost’s 24 (mostly German) beers on tap and another dozen or more in bottles, plus seriously crafted cocktails like the Berlin Cosmo (a less-sweet gorgeous layered version). Oh, yeah, they also have a Haus Brunch that honors the German/Austrian/Wisconsin in us all – plus some original choices like the Watermelon Mint Salad with Feta.

Chef Martin, who’s also the corporate chef for Fortune Fish & Gourmet, is a third generation sausage maker and creates all these sausages from his grandfather’s Austrian and German recipes and other classic sources. They’re made in small batches from locally sourced ingredients with no artificial additives. The line also includes Italian and Andouille and German wieners, plus a dozen more (see the Chef Martin website). And besides Prost!, here are some area restaurants that serve Chef Martin’s sausages:

  • Bangers and Lace
  • Medinah Country Club
  • Lux Bar
  • Fireside
  • Julius Meinl in Lincoln Park
  • Evanston Golf Club
  • Tavern in the Town, Libertyville
  • Austrian Bakery
  • Chefs Burger Bistro
  • Valley Lo Sports Club
  • Wyndam Grand
  • Warrens Ale House
  • The Southern
  • The Florentine
  • Four Winds Casino
  • Franks N Dawgs
  • Centre Street Taphouse
  • Ruth Lake Country Club
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Siena Tavern
  • Farmhouse
  • Westin –Michigan Ave

Or if you’d rather make ‘em in your home kitchen, try these retail outlets:

Potash Markets
Treasure Island Foods
Mrs. Greens, 555 W. Webster
Harvestime Foods, 2632 W. Lawrence Ave.
Plum Market Food, 1233 N. Wells St.

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