When something gets called a "sausage fest" it usually means it's not all that sweet, but what if it really was a sausage fest, and this time there were actually chicks there, even if your buddy's wife's allegedly hot sorority sisters decided to go to Jersey Boys instead. And wouldn't they be a little old anyway? Sausage-ing up your life, in a good way, Cabalo.
Coming Friday to the former Cat's Meow space, Cabalo's an all-American looking bi-level red, white & blue bar and lounge serving up a decidedly European menu focused on traditional, artisanal sausages dished out by a decidedly Eastern European female waitstaff with the kind of pleasant demeanor that'll make you feel good about having them handle your sausage.
The locally produced tubed meats naturally skew heavily to Germany (bratwurst, knockwurst, and the garlic/caraway/majorum flavored Thuringer), with other Euro styles including Balkan fave (and streetfest standout) Cevapi and a paprika-heavy meatstick that comes from Hungary, which is known for its 19th century link to Austria, and inciting you to buy three frozen burritos and a bag of powdered Donettes at 3am. The menu has a full complement of sausage-friendly sides (sweet & sour red cabbage, sauerkraut with caraway seeds, buttery spaetzle, and German potatoes with caramelized onions) plus other specialties like wiener schnitzel served with mushrooms and cognac, aka Joakim Noah's standard pre-partying meal.
All that sausage would make anyone thirsty, so they have a brigade of beers that's heavy on iconic teutonics like Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr and Spaten, whose Doppelbock-style Optimator checks in at 7.2% ABV, so if the chicks at your fest aren't to your liking, they will be soon enough.