Sausages are hot, hot, hot, from Cajun boudin to Spanish chorizo. But it’s the Germans who have the knack with the knackwurst. Chicago’s Berghoff (17 W. Adams St.; 312-427-3170;, which opened in 1898 and is still in the same family, has always offered great platters of wursts — knackwurst, bratwurst — to be slathered with pungent brown mustard, a side of German fried potatoes, and a stein of the restaurant’s own brewed beer. —

Other fine German eateries where you can sate a thirst for the wurst:
HOUSTON: Rudi Lechner’s, 2503 S. Gessner, (713) 782-1180
INDIANAPOLIS: Cafe Europe, 4709 N. Shadeland Ave., (317) 547-4474
LOUISVILLE: Gasthaus, 4812 Brownsboro Ctr., (502) 899-7177
MILWAUKEE: Karl Ratzsch’s, 320 E. Mason St., (414) 276-2720
MINNEAPOLIS: Gasthof Zur Gemütlichkeit, 2300 University Ave. N.E., (612) 781-3860
NEW YORK: Hallo Berlin, 626 Tenth Ave., (212) 977-1944
SANTA MONICA: Knoll’s Black Forest Inn, 2454 Wilshire Blvd.,
(310) 395-2212