Food & Drink

Dogs and sausages with a retro vibe

It's normally not a good idea to attend sausage fests, what with all the sausages just festing, but if you turned down every "normally not good idea", how would you ever get all those barb wire tats? For a sausagefest you can get behind, check out 5th Amendment Alehouse, soft-opening today

The first restaurant from a husband/wife team who've previously owned everything from markets to small cafes, 5th Amendment's a petite gastropub, w/ an all-maple bar and slightly retro-'50s vibe (antique light fixtures, hanging old-school artwork, etc), dedicated mainly to gourmet cased meats, all based around the fact that one cannot incriminate oneself when oneself's mouth is stuffed with sausage. The broad tubesteak selection covers 12-15 rotating options, with possibilities including standards like bratwurst and a vendor-style hot dog wrapped in bacon, as well as crazy offerings like veal w/ tomato, basil, and mozzarella; buffalo w/ chipotle chiles; and venison w/ blueberries and Merlot -- put it in a sandwich, and watch how fast you kill a dough. Non-sausage items include apps like a charcuterie plate and a German pretzel w/ mustard, as well as standard beef burgers and more unusual ones made from both llama and grass-fed bison, which thought it was just eating regular brownies until the pasture started spinning and Howie Mandel got funny.

As far as booze, they've got soju cocktails as well as a slew of bottled brews and 20 crafty drafts, with options including Allagash White, Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout, and Mama's Little Yella Pils -- which really help dull the pain emanating from your freshly inked pythons.