Food & Drink

Gene's Sausage Shop And Delicatessen

When someone you love departs, you can't fill the void with just anybody, as Saved By The Bell found out with, ugh, Tori. Ably replacing a beloved institution, Gene's Sausage Shop & Delicatessen

Stepping up Saturday to fill the void left by dearly departed Delicatessen Meyer, Gene's is pouring the experience honed from their own 37-year-old family-run biz into their new-to-them two-story temple of cased meats (walls of exposed steel, wood, and stone, gigantic chandeliers, and the Meyer's neon sign above the deli), where the goods are whipped up by Euro-trained sausage makers and smoked on the premises, a past time that also got you kicked off the high school lacrosse team.

Among the family specialties are four varieties of bratwurst, six types of Polish sausage, and a Swedish potato sausage, supplemented by an old-fashioned butcher who can hook you up with all manner of cuts and deli meats (including four types of housemade ham) along with meat-friendly accompaniments like a wide-ranging cheese selection, tasty prepared items (pierogies, German potato salad), and an olive bar, which has a cool atmosphere, even if the scene gets pretty greasy.

They're also taking care of you in the packaged goods department with a huge array of groceries from all-American staples to European chocolates, and keeping your thirst quenched with a full array of beer, wine, and liquor plus obscure imported soft drinks like Bionade, a German energy drink made exclusively for Lee Majors

Come springtime, Gene's has plans to open up its rooftop deck where they'll serve a small plates menu along with wine and beer, which Tori lamely refused at that toga party, something morally casual Jessie would've never considered. NEVER!