Visions of sausage might bring muscly macho men and meat-hangovers to mind, but there are lots of light, summery links showing up on the menus of sausage-makers around town. All of these suggestions are made on the premises with a refreshing, seasonal spin. In other words, everyone is invited to this sausage party.

Pig and Pie‘s banh mi sausage sandwich
At this quaint 24th Street newcomer, chef-owner Nate Overstreet takes a housemade garlic- and pepper-infused pork sausage and then gives it the traditional Vietnamese banh mi treatment. It’s layered on a baguette with a slab of chicken liver pate, pickled daikon radish, thinly sliced carrots, jalapeno, cucumber, cliantro, and a swizzle of Sriracha.

Bluestem Brasserie‘s Berbere spiced lamb sausages
These surprisingly elegant sausages are seasoned with the traditional Ethiopian berbere spice–a mixture of chiles, paprika, cinnamon, cardamom, and a handful of other spices and herbs. The vibrantly flavored meat is delicately adorned with watercress salad, cooling mint yogurt sauce and a healthy dollop of pureed eggplant on the side.

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