I think I'm more German than my husband is. And I'm not German. At least not ethnically. No matter where I am, outside of Germany, I'm always on the search for everything German. So I'm always on the hunt for German food suppliers, restaurants, butchers, delis, bookstores, you name it.
After years of going to Alpine Village Market in Torrance for great Bavarian Weiss Wurst or Nuernbergers and Continental Gourmet Sausage Co. in Glendale for Bockwurst, I finally found another option. This time we hit the jackpot.
Van Nuys German Deli is an unassuming deli tucked in a strip shopping mall across the street from the Budweiser Plant, between car speaker installers and a liquor store.
Tobias Konrad, the owner is very proud of his sausages. He believes he makes them better than his competitors. So when we took a bite into his wieners followed by the Swiss Weiss Wurst, the Thueringer, the Nuernberger and Jaeger Wurst, we knew we found a gem.
For us, Alpine Village Market use to hold the gold standard for sausages. But Tobias was right. His is better. It's comparable to the best hand made sausages in Germany. He also sells liverwurst, hams and a variety of other meats. You can order sandwiches to go.
The best part- Tobias and his family of helpers are personable and jovial. They add to the sweet flavor of the sausages. You also can get Bretzeln (traditional German pretzel) two times a week. Although, it's definitely not as good as the ones from Alpine Village. This small deli provides the essential foods, sweets, cheeses, breads and liquor from the 'heimat' (homeland). It has become our choice destination to supply our German fests.
Van Nuys German Deli
16155 Roscoe Blvd
North Hills, CA 91343
Tel: (818) 892 2212
Fax: (818) 892 1482