I read about Bestie in a blog post somewhere a long time ago when they first opened. I’ve always been meaning to head down to Chinatown and check them out, but I never made the trek until last week!
At my new work place, we’ve recently created a foodie club – every other Wednesday we head into Downtown to get something beyond the cafeteria-type food we have in the area. We’re all fans of sausage, so we decided to check out Bestie!
Dubbed as a beer parlour specializing in currywurst, Bestie is open for lunch, dinners, and they even have a late night take out window until 3am! In addition to sausages, they also have a huge selection of local beers (and some German specialties), and pretzels!
Bestie is fairly different from the typical Chinatown destinations. They’re really bright, minimally decorated, and filled with plenty of hipster charm. The staff are also all really cool and friendly!
They don’t take reservations, so we were really lucky to get in before the lunch rush. With 5 of us, we were nestled quite comfortably in a corner booth that afforded us a great view of the entire restaurant.
Their menu is pretty simple – you choose whether you want a classic Currywurst or a Sausage & Sauerkraut combo, then select the sausage you want. Plenty of beer options on the other side.
They had a pretty neat drink on special called Club-Mate. It’s imported from Germany and the part that sold me was the fact that Club-Mate is essentially an uber caffeinated soft drink. According to Wikipedia, it’s made by the Loscher Brewery (Brauerei Loscher) near Münchsteinach, Germany, and it originated in 1924. Cool stuff!
Club-Mate was kinda pricey, but it was really refreshing. It tasted, strangely enough, a lot like Chinese style grass jelly drinks.
Now, onto the good stuff! I ordered the Currywurst with a Smoky Bison sausage. The Currywurst comes with deliciously crispy fries and is topped with their addicting curry ketchup.
The Bison sausage is fantastic! It’s slightly gamey and deliciously solid (I’m not a fan of sausage that just falls apart). The curry is a solid winner – some nice spicy kick combined with the sweetness and tanginess of the tomato ketchup.
My colleagues tried the Chicken sausage, and they mentioned that it was a bit on the garlicky side but the curry sauce cuts through it really well. One of my colleagues who ordered the Sausage & Sauerkraut raved about the Sauerkraut – perfect tartness and texture to go along with a good sausage.
I was actually in the area for an ultimate frisbee game a week later and decided to get a quick dinner before the games at Bestie. Dinner service is just as hustling and bustling!
Having heard my coworker’s raving review of the Sauerkraut, I had to get the Sausage & Sauerkraut. I got it with the Classic Pork Thuringer, which uses salt, pepper, caraway, marjoram, and garlic in the recipe. It was a fine sausage, but I enjoyed the Bison one more. The Sauerkraut was amazing, and I would highly recommend just getting it as a side if you decide to go with the Currywurst.
I was told that Bestie used to make the Sauerkraut in-house, but that they couldn’t make enough of it to last the day’s worth of orders. They currently source it locally, but I think they have plans to eventually bring production back in-house. Bestie’s Sausage and Sauerkraut is also served with an amazing house mustard!
If comfort food, sausage, and culture is what you’re looking for, definitely check out Bestie. Even if you’re just looking for a casual place to enjoy a beer in Chinatown, Bestie is worth check it out!