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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Sad City Tries A Blood Sausage

Blood sausage is one of those foods that not only has a disgusting name, but it's also gross to look at. To further complicate matters, blood sausage is not only a disgusting title for food, it precisely describes what it is, and the idea of eating a sausage of blood is kind of a turn off. Also if, like us, you have seen the "how blood sausage is made" segment on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations you might be further turned off.

Despite the gross name and appearance, we've heard people rave about the blood sausage and with the Dominican place at El Mercado serving it up, we knew the time to try it had come.

Sometimes things just don't live up to the hype. Everyone remembers spectacular flops like New Coke, the Arch Deluxe, and Todd Van Poppel, but less remembered are things that are hyped and merely end up being pretty good. We'd have to place the blood sausage in the category of pretty good and therefore unremarkable. It wasn't really all that gross to eat and for all the raving we've heard about blood sausage, it didn't taste all that great either.

In the end the blood sausage was like eating a kind of oddly textured, mediocre sausage. A disappointment all around in that it was merely boring. Oh well, everything can't be a home run or a total disaster. Some things fall in between and we would rate the blood sausage as a lot less noteworthy than we thought it would be. Though we will likely be back to tacos on our next visit to El Mercado, we are glad to have checked it off the list.


  1. What is the name of the dominican place at El Mercado?

  2. I ate chicken feet last week on park and was pleasantly surprised!

  3. The best Blood Sausage is the Faroese one. They use a very nice spice blend.

  4. That looks like a nasty turd

  5. La Fonda on Franklin Ave has blood sausages too. Their food is pretty good.

  6. Like anything else, it can be delicious or mediocre or plain bad. All depends who makes it and how fresh it is. When it's good, it's really, really good.