By Lesley Salman
With summer in full swing, we kicked off our quest to explore the 2019 Best of Haymarket/Gainesville winners with a bang. First stop – Eugene’s Sausage and Fries. This amazing new restaurant opened its doors a mere four months ago and won in four categories. Yes, you read that right. Eugene’s has taken the local area by storm with wins for Best Casual Family Restaurant, Best All-Around Restaurant, Best Outdoor Seating and Best Business Lunch.
I was lucky enough to snag our very own Susan McCorkindale as my co-host for a visit to Eugene’s to see – and taste! – firsthand what all the buzz is about. We could hardly contain ourselves as we took a seat out on the patio and feasted our eyes on the unique sausage and sandwich crossovers that are Eugene’s specialties. And then, because frankly we couldn’t stop ourselves, we sank our teeth into the Casa Blanca and marveled in delight at its Merguez Sausage and Moroccan slaw topping.
Next up, the mouthwatering Danger Dog. If you’re a spice lover, this Eugene’s specialty of spicy sausage loaded with Bacon Jam, cheddar sauce and jalapeno relish will definitely become your go-to. Talk about a sandwich that makes your mouth sing!
After that deliciousness, we savored the Chicago beef. A Brat adorned with shaved roast beef, peppers, onions and provolone, it totally impressed this Chi-town gal.
And finally Eugene’s best seller, the Reuben, tantalized our taste buds with its house bratwurst, shaved pastrami, swiss cheese and housemade thousand island dressing. It was like we died and went to Heaven (a little heavier, but who cares!).
And, let us not forget, everything is served on a soft pretzel roll. Aside from these specialty items, you can build your own combination, order a sausage board, sip on hand scooped milkshakes, nibble on tastily topped french fries and quench your thirst with a cold brew.
Who are the culinary geniuses behind these exquisite eats? None other than Jamie Ryder and Jason Hardey, two friends who met in D.C. and decided to take their masterpieces to the burbs. Settling in the quaint town of Haymarket, this dynamic duo has been welcomed with open arms by everyone from the locals to Haymarket’s finest.
For those of you wondering how two guys whose names are Jason and Jamie came up with the name Eugene’s Sausage and Fries, it’s simply this: After kicking around names for quite some time, the partners settled on Jamie’s middle name. It sounded great and because Eugene was the name of a beloved family friend, they went with it.
We think they’re doing the original Eugene proud and, more importantly, we think you’ll agree.
Stop in and taste the reasons Eugene’s Sausage and Fries won Best Of in four food and beverage categories this year. And if you’d like to see our visit with these two culinary pros, go to Facebook.com/goinggainesvilleva, click on “Videos” then scroll down and click on the Eugene’s Sausage and Fries banner.
Going Gainesville will be back next month to celebrate another of the Haymarket and Gainesville businesses you voted Best this year, so don’t miss this space or our video spotlights on all your local favorites on Facebook!