Most people might not want to go to a sausage fest, or see how sausage is made, or order it instead of bacon at breakfast, but no matter how intestine-cased or phallic-looking it is, we here at Thrillist have a deep love and admiration for the humble sausage. Few meats walk the tightrope between traditionalism and creativity quite like it, and to celebrate this dichotomy we've compiled a list of the 21 best sausage purveyors in the country.
Now before you hang us out to dry in the comments for not listing your favorite spot, we have a few caveats: only sausage-smiths that cook and serve on premises were eligible to earn a spot on this list, so those with only wholesale or retail operations didn't qualify. We view hot dogs as a unique beast of their own, and thus frankfurter-focused businesses didn't make the cut. Same goes for BBQ sausage, the exception being one Texan who is going above and beyond the traditional.