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Written by Cris   
Saturday, 04 February 2006

Schreiner's Fine SausagesBack in the late 90's we lived in Glendale, CA.  At some point while driving around one day I noticed a small independent meat market in the northernmost end of Glendale, nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains.  I don't even know why I went in the first time, but I love discovering new treats and so one day I walked through the door.  This was my kind of store!

The first thing I noticed was the meat. Lots and lots of meat.  Then the pickles.  They had imported pickles- I'd have to try some of those.  I may not have even bought anything that first time, but at some point I left with a small vacuum sealed packet of beef jerky.

The next time I went there, I was buying it by the pound...

Well not long after, we moved away from Glendale and I soon forgot about my new found discovery, but when I started this website and had to go back to Glendale for a doctor's appointment, I suddenly remembered.  I decided to try and rediscover my old friend.

The trouble was that I didn't remember the name of the store, nor how I had even found it the first time.  All I could remember was a vague impression that it was at a fork in the road and somewhere in the vicinity of the mountains.  So after a little googling- I thought I had it:  Schreiner's Fine Sausages in Glendale, CA.  So I printed out the map and was off...

As I was driving towards the store it all started coming back to me.  The mountains, the fork in the road, and then there it was.  I had found it!

As you walk in, the first thing you see is the huge meat case full of all varieties of smoked meats and freshly made sausages.  Then you notice the nice grandmotherly women behind the counter in their quaint European costumes ready to serve you.  They offered to help me right as I walked through the door, but I wanted to look 'round a bit first so I declined and started exploring. 

On the opposite wall there are shelves of jars. Lots of jars. 

 And whoa ho ho- what do we have here?

Then I noticed the assortment of fine cheeses, and of course, more pickles!

And check out what's right in the middle of the cheese case...

 cumin cheese
Cumin Cheese!  We fell in love with this stuff in France, but it has been really hard to find here.  (not anymore!  We also found it at Whole Foods a couple of weeks ago)

They also have a fine selection of imported beers,

and a little seating area where you can sample their famous Black Forest style ham sandwiches.  Hmmm, yet another jerky store that is famous for ham sandwiches.  I think I'm starting to see a pattern here.

But enough exploring, I was ready for the main event.  I was ready for my jerky.  What is it about this jerky that I would drive 30 miles to search for some old store that I could barely remember?  See for yourself.

Whereas normal jerky is usually cut into thin strips and dried, ending up in very small pieces, this jerky come s in huge dried chunks.  They must start out with whole steaks! 

To illustrate the massiveness, here are 2 pieces of the Schreiner's jerky along side of a slim-jim (the short 25 cent kind)

It is very dry, but still supple enough to tear into smaller morsels.  But don't fool yourself, this is not really teeth biting jerky.  My preferred method is to get out the steak knife and slice off smaller pieces just before eating.

But the texture isn't the only reason I love this jerky.  Each piece is infused through and through with real smoke.  Not smoke flavor- actual smoke.  It must take days to dry these massive pieces of meat, and when you put it in your mouth that smoke comes back to life with each chew.  Oh it is sooo good, and after eating all afternoon, my fingers still have that smoky smell to remind me Smiley

They sell the jerky in small vac-packs for a couple of dollars each, and also by the pound in the afore-mentioned hunks.  I left with about a half a pound of jerky, a jar of spicy pickles and a package of bratwurst.  Not bad for $20, I'd say.

The only bad thing about this store is that it is a very small operation.  They do not take credit cards, they do not do mail order and they are not open at all hours, but the next time you are in Glendale with a little cash in your pocket between 9:00 and 5:30 Monday thru Saturday, please stop on by!  You will NOT be disappointed.

3417 Ocean View Blvd,, Glendale, CA 91208

If you are in Dallas, TX you are in luck!  I found another store very similar to Schreiner's:  Kuby's Sausage House!  They don't have the same great beef jerky- but try the Jalepeno Landjager.  It is awesome :)

Written by Guest on 2006-07-12 12:28:01
I lived in the Glendale area for over 30 years and have been eating the fine sandwiches, jerky and sausages at Schreiner's since I was a boy. Now I live in Las Vegas and still drive to Schreiner's (280+ miles) to get a few sandwiches, sausages and of course the pickles! My dad took me there and now I take my family there. It's hands down the best around!
Written by kimncris on 2006-07-14 01:13:22
now that's a road trip! 
But the jerky alone is worth it! :) 

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