The Vanguard

27 Jan

I love the Vanguard and I doubt I will ever be disappointed eating here. Who cannot love a restaurant that is all about sausage!

The menu boasts 2 whole pages of sausage goodness, from your basic Bratwurst, Hot Dog, Mild Italian and Cheddarwurst to the more unusual ones like Duck BLT (DIVINE! Duck and bacon sausage with lettuce, hollandaise aioli and bacon) to The Red Hot Zerkel, The Jamaican Lamb Currywurst and the Toulous (garlic, nutmeg and apple). Even non-meat eaters can dine here since there are a couple vegetarian options on the menu. We did find that they were out of 3 kinds of sausage the night they were there, but I chalk that up to the fact they were do scrumptious that they sold out.

And let’s not forget the Baked Potato Balls. Ridiculously delicious little fried balls of mashed potatoes topped with Cheez Whiz broccoli, bacon and chives. Don’t let the Cheez Whiz scare you, they are a MUST!

If you’re looking for upscale dining, this is not the place. It’s a super laid back, it’s basically a bar with some tables (albeit with nice little succulent plants as decoration) with a small kitchen behind/next to the bar. And speaking of the bar, it is actually kind of fancy. They have a pretty amazing liquor selection (3 whole pages worth on their menu) and make special “draft cocktails” that are quite interesting. For example, S. had the Philly Fish Punch made with Don Q Anejo rum, Korbel XS Brandy, Peach Brandy and Lemon. They have tons of interesting draft beers (ex: St. Ambrose Oatmeal Stout, Karben4 Block Party Amber, Three Floyd’s Alpha King) and all sorts of beers in a can, including a wide selection of Belgian brands. And wine. Not as extensive but I wouldn’t expect that in this place. But they had 3 reds and 3 whites and notes on what sausages with which to pair them.

Couple side notes. You order at the bar. They do not give you plates. They have the most eclectic music selection ever; it’s fantastic! And more awesome is the fact that they play really fun random stuff on their 2 TV’s. The night we were there, we got to see old All Star wrestling matches and David Letterman with Andre the Giant. A co-worker, M., said when he was there old Batman & Robin TV shows were on. Did I mention they’re open until 2 AM serving food?  Oh and they open at 11 AM so you can get a sausage fix for lunch or in the wee morning hours.

UPDATE: I went back a week later and the menu has expanded! We tried the Bachhuber Express made with red wine and short ribs with blue cheese, fried shallots and a veal demi glace.YUM. Also, discovered they make their “draft cocktails” in kegs in the basement. Oh and they have a deviled egg of the day. The one I had was with bacon and chives.

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2 Responses to “The Vanguard”

  1. Jack Price January 27, 2015 at 8:55 pm #

    Sounds AWESOME…wondering about the wife’s sense of adventure….maybe?

    • shrimp99 January 27, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

      She will love it!!

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