Butcher shop serves extraordinary sausage
When I think about it sausage could very well be a primary reason I am still a carnivore:
The unique spices and flavors wrapped in a sheer casing offers this eating professional an adventure of tastes, seasonings, textures of the ingredients creating an amazing amalgamation of tasty delights for this curious lunch outer.
Perhaps more importantly these custom made links of a combination of proteins have become social magic wands. Cooks, family and friends gather around the char grill watching those beauties cook. Song writer John Prine says it best in his murder mystery tune singing, "There were four Italian sausages on the grill and they were sizzlin'."
He's right you know, as I contemplate the tailgating golden years with an extra large grill literally covered with every kind of sausage you could imagine. Knockwurst, smoked links, country sausage, and many more varieties than you could shake a sausage link at including one of my favorites the Johnsonville Irish O' Garlic sausage link.
I thought about meeting a friend at Fehrenbacher's Artisan Sausages on 411 SW 4th Ave. But I decided against that idea, opting to enjoy a smorgasborg of spicy pork flavors all by myself.
Walking into Fehrenbacher's you quickly realize this 'ain't no stinkin' café'. There aren't any millenials lining the FAS's one counter with laptops open and notebooks spread out.
This is a working person's lunch stop and butcher, owner, sausage maker Adam Fehrenbacher with 20 years in the food service industry is ready to give you a lesson on what artisan sausage is. With a Bachelor's degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University this butcher is enjoying opening his very own butcher shop, commercial kitchen to produce superior cuisine with an emphasis on sausage.
"Keep in mind we have a complete menu of delicious enters along with our custom sausage," Adam said. "Recently we offered Fennel cured Atlantic Salmon & Green Hill Cheese on last Monday nights tasting menu, and Seared Duck Proscuitto as well," Adam added.
Gainesville's artisan butcher started his craft at the local outdoor farmers markets and featured restaurants like Mildreds Big City Foods. Items ranging from Pates, Terrines, Galantines, Rillettes, Hams, Bacons, Pancetta and of course sausages have been available from the Fehrenbacher's Artisan Sausage shop.
The front of the butcher shop is all about letting the customer know what is available, made fresh today. There is a wall size chalkboard that is updated regularly with what the butcher is making in the kitchen.
A smaller list of daily special's is updated daily and can be found on the Fehrenbacher's Facebook page.
Since I was seeking a good mix of sausage flavors the FAS House Charcuterie platter, a large wooden cutting board image at top of this review, was loaded with three kinds of sausage selected daily, crostini bread, two kinds of cheese selected daily, black and green olives, grapes and sliced strawberries. A very spicy mustard sauce was beautifully 'swiped' across the middle of my platter along with a flavorful mayonnaise sauce to dredge both the red peppers and salad greens. ($15) I complimented Adam on the very impressive presentation and he informed me of his training as a Sushi Chef at a local restaurant.
There are a couple of benches and seats outside, behind the building, but be prepared to share your table with other FAS customers. A friendly, amicable experience for a mid-day lunch.
This was an extraordinary lunch GLOBers. My Extra Large FAS House Charcuterie platter was really big enough to share, perhaps with left overs. But you know my momma taught me to clean my plates.
So I did.
Upon leaving I spied a customer sitting at the front counter with an amazing looking lunch of sausage, giant pieces of potatoes, sauer kraut, garlic, horseradish sauce that instantly elevated my blood sugar at the sight of the wonderfully cooked potatoes, ($12).
Meatless Monday's be damned. As my long time friend Larry Keene likes to say, "I enjoy my position at the top of the eat-anything-I-want food chain."
The Pluses and Minuses of Fehrenbacher's Artisan Sausages
Fehrenbacher's Artisan Sausages + indicators: Delicious 'homemade sausage', entrees large enough to share.
Fehrenbacher's Artisan Sausages; Adam says he is working on the sparse seating and possibly a beer garden behind Fehernbacher's
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- Phone Number: 305 632-2618
- Address: 411 SW 4th Ave. Gainesville, FL
- Urban GLOB Location: Downtown
- Web Site: Fehrenbacher’s Artisan Sausages
- Latitude: 29.647999
- Longitude: -82.329334