Ethnic grocery stores and delicatessens dot the Valley, but very few craft their own meat products. With the recent arrival of family-owned Tina’s Gourmet Sausage House on Decatur north of Sahara, however, those in search of house-made sausages and deli meats are in luck. The Eastern European store is masterfully producing those, alongside a number of other regional specialties.
Straight outta North Hollywood, where the clan ran European Meat Specialties, the family stocks and mans this affable little storefront adjacent to Trader Joe’s. The deli cases run the gamut of sausage options, including a paprika-laden Hungarian gyulai (akin to salami), knockwurst and even chicken weisswurst. On the charcuterie front, meats include bologna, various hams and a variety of head cheeses—including one of the blood variety—with all the above costing no more than $7 per pound. They’re even smoking fish, producing a complex butterfish ($17 per pound) most Jewish delis would kill for.
While Tina’s espouses mastery of encased meats, the menu is rife with quality chicken options, too. Chicken blintzes ($2) are some of the best I’ve had in ages, with a flavorful center hinting of dill. And flaky puff pastries come with a variety of fillings, but once again the chicken ($2.50) excels. No need to take my word for it—you can sample anything as you peruse the cases. Costco’s got nothing on Tina’s.
Don’t overlook the cheese cake ($2)—not cheesecake, mind you, but remarkable patties of slightly sweetened farmer’s cheese typically found in pierogis. Our culinary scene is better off with the artisan options at Tina’s. LA’s loss is our gain.
Tina's Gourmet Sausage House 2101 S. Decatur Blvd. #22, 702-850-8333. Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.