Serious Sandwiches: Östermalms Korvspecialist

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Photograph by Sarah Brooks

Much like most big cities here in the U.S., the streets of Stockholm are littered with stands selling their version of the hot dog. They call them "French hot dogs" or korv (from korvar, the Swedish word for "sausage"), and it is essentially a sausage stuffed into a French bread roll. Most stands in the city serve a generic-looking hot dog version, but for a real homemade sandwich, there's only one korv stand to visit—Östermalms Korvspecialist.

Known to locals as Bruno's, Östermalms Korvspecialist has been serving up its sausage sandwiches for more than 40 years, just a few blocks away from Östermalms Saluhall, Stockholm's indoor food market that's more than 100 years old. Bruno's starts by hollowing out half of a freshly baked French bread roll and smearing the inside with a spicy tomato sauce. Then the entirely-too-large-for-the-size-of-the-bread sausage, gets shoved in the middle with tongs. It's finished off with a generous scoop of sauerkraut and a squeeze of honey mustard.

You get your choice of sausage (there are a ton to choose from), but the most popular is the kabanos, a long, thin Polish smoked pork sausage with a very distinct peppery flavor.

Bruno's may be a "hot dog stand," but it's anything but fast food. The sausages are grilled to order, and it takes more than ten minutes from grill to assembly to customer. Not surprisingly to anyone who has ever had one, there aren't too many complaints.

Östermalms Korvspecialist

Address: Nybrogatan 55, Stockholm, Sweden

About the author: Zach Brooks is the proprietor of Midtown Lunch, where he blogs about affordable lunchtime eats in Midtown Manhattan. The guy knows his sandwiches.

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