|About||Schmeisser's makes 70 plus products in the cheerful, chalet inspired shop.|
|Mission||Three generations, doing it right!|
According to owner Kurt Schmeisser, “guys who grill” are the main clientele at this venerable meatatorium in Niles. Schmeisser’s is old-school to its core: it makes its own sausages—frankfurters, beef sticks, smoked Thuringers, knackwurst—from the trimmings of the prime beef and top-quality pork and veal that are all butchered on premises from hanging sides. Schmeisser, the business’s principal Wurstmacher, learned the trade at the knee of his grandfather, a butcher from Germany who worked in Chicago’s fabled stockyards and opened the store in 1951. In addition to having a gourmet meat counter. During the holidays, the shop brings in succulent organic Hoka turkeys from Waterman, Illinois.
Ensuring that Schmeisser's is right for everyday dinners as well as that special grilling or holiday meal.
Current times may feel like an echo of 1929, but not here at Schmeisser's, still bustling with hungry customers looking for substance over substandard fare. After all, noble traditions don't grow on trees but sometimes they do survive a treacherous boat trip, fostering a dream that survives the generations!
Four generations of Schmeisser's have made the cut:
The late Herbert Schmeisser, his son Herb Jr., Herb's son Kurt who currently runs the store with help from brother Amery (brothers Klay, and Eric pitch in during the holidays) even Kurt's young sons, Luke and Cole help in the shop once a week after school.
Guinness World Record for the largest Hot Dog.
Let us present the aptly titled Big Hot Dog, a 7-pound and 16-inch-long sausage, which is now officially the largest commercially available hot dog according to Guinness World Records. Dan Abbate, the CEO and owner of Gorilla Tango Novelty Meats, told us that the sausage is created in nearby Niles by Schmeisser’s Home Made Sausage, and has actually been available since December of 2009.
We first read about the achievement in Dining Chicago, but were unable double check the information with any other source, including Guinness World Records' website. Luckily, Abbate got back to us, and sent over a picture of the official certificate from the organization. In fact, Guinness is sending photographers over from London to take pictures for the print addition. This should prove to the rest of the world how serious Chicago is about its hot dogs.
Fully cooked smoked meats
Fully cooked smoked sausages
Fresh Sausages, many varieties
Lunch meats and salads
Home Made Quick frozen meals
Home made soup every week
Just to list a few