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Sausage Fest: BurlyWurst rolls out a better wiener 

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Despite a recent run of unseasonably warm weather, it's still officially winter, but that didn't prevent Derek and Gregg Yarrow, a pair of Long Island transplants from staking their culinary claim on Mirror Pond plaza. The brothers recently launched a joint venture that might just be the best rolling sausage fest in downtown Bend, apologies to the Classic Car Cruise...

The Yarrow Brothers opened BurlyWurst, an elaborate hot dog-and-sausage cart that would be the envy of any New York street vendor. Using recipes handed down from their German mother that are informed by younger brother Gregg's NYC culinary background, the Yarrows have elevated the wiener to an art form. Garnished with mom's homemade sauerkraut, the Berlin Brat ($4.50) comes served on a toasted bun and is available with slaw or sautéed onions. Or mix 'em all together. The guys are happy to help you customize your order to taste.

Those who like something on the spicier side ought to try the Hamburg Hottie ($4.50) a spicy German-style brat served with grated pepperjack cheese. If you're not a brat fan, you're probably in the wrong place. However, there is another option: the Hanover Ham sandwich, hand-cut smoked ham with pickled red cabbage and Swiss served on - what else? - a Kaiser bun. The Yarrows bring in all their authentic meats and sausages from Zenner's Meats in Portland, which ships the meat over regularly. Unlike some of the other street vendors, the Yarrows are credit card friendly, accepting all major plastic. The brothers say they plan to be a regular fixture in what is likely to evolve into a bustling food court at Mirror Pond Plaza. Keep your eye out for their cart, recognizable by the mustard-colored logo that features a '40s style pin-up girl, at upcoming festivals, including the Bite of Bend.

BurlyWurst

Open daily. Mirror Pond Plaza

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