National Bratwurst Day is coming up this weekend on August 16th, but this year, celebrate the better “wurst” by ditching the common sausage and trying a weisswurst. Don’t let the weisswurst’s pale appearance fool you as the jam-packed flavors of pork and veal will have you begging for more, especially when prepared by German-native, Hans Rockenwagner.
When searching for the better “wurst”, take a trip to at any of Rockenwagner’s famed LA spots. At Café Rockenwagner in Brentwood or Rockenwagner Bakery Café in Culver, start your day with a Grilled Weisswurst served with two eggs, rösti, apples and onions, sweet mustard and a pretzel roll. If weisswurst in the morning doesn’t strike your fancy, head beachside to 3 Square Café on Abbot Kinney and experience the weisswurst in sandwich form with the choice of a Weisswurst Mini Sandwich served with sweet mustard in your mini-sandwich sampler. If you’re feeling especially German, pair it with the Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich.
3 Square Café and Röckenwagner Bakery are the latest ventures of longtime Los Angeles chef/restaurateur Hans Röckenwagner. Hans’ background spans thirty years of cooking in kitchens in Germany, Switzerland, Chicago and Los Angeles, and includes operating his own fine dining restaurant, running a full-scale retail and wholesale bakery, consulting to major hospitality-related businesses, and penning a cookbook. Known for his individuality, Hans’ reputation was built around his springtime white asparagus menus, innovative dishes like crab soufflé with lobster-butter sauce and the popular pretzel burger, and his craftsmanship in designing and building his restaurants.
Of his many accomplishments, Hans is most proud of his wife Patti and children Gina, Roxy and Hansi , his top-spin forehand and the many projects he has completed as a hobby woodworker.