European Home Style Sausage

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8616 Michigan Ave

Detroit, MI

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Let me begin by saying, Markowicz's sausage and meats were a staple of my family for five decades. When my mother was pregnant with me, Markowicz's sausage was one of her favorites. I was practically weaned on it. My first word was "kalbasa." My family knew the original proprietor and owner, Markowicz, his wife and was acquainted with his son, who is know the proprietor.

That being said, this last Orthodox Easter (5, May, 2013) brought what may be a finale to our patronage of Markowicz's sausage shop. We purchased our sausage and meats there on Holy Saturday. We bought a double smoked chunky sausage, a double smoked medium (for a local Orthodox Priest) sausage, two of what they are now calling "kabanosy" (their old kabanosy were once long and spicey and skinny) and a half pound of headcheese.

What makes this sorrowful is the very pitiful spectacle Markowicz's now is. It is poorly lit. They can do with some fluorescent lighting. Not especially clean (a dusting, waxing and washing would work wonders). And the meats are no longer fresh. At one time, the kielbasa hung behind the counter and the shop smelled of wonderfully smoked delights. Not so much anymore. It is refrigerated and frozen, thawed in refrigeration and kept past reasonable consumption time in the showcase upfront. This would have been less disappointing had the woman managing the cash register not have insisted everything was fresh, when the deli meats clearly were old. Sadly, she flagrantly tried to pass everything off as "just made."

So Pascha arrived and after seven weeks of Lent, I was eager to sample what for me was smoked sausage nostalgia. The headcheese was totally off and dry, tasting a cross between pectin and styrofoam. A quarter pound of grocery deli Eckerich headcheese turned out to be superior. And it was half or a third of the price. The "kabanosy" were the driest, most tasteless freezer burnt things one could ever imagine. While the double smoked chunky and medium grind hadn't fared much better: dry, freezer burnt, nigh tasteless. It was as if Markowicz was selling to the Orthodox old stock left over from Western Easter. For a sausage maker who had once been numbered among the elite in the nation, and perhaps the world, this was totally unacceptible.

Firstly, if they have to keep meats and sausage past a week to ten days after smoking, they should vacuum seal them at very least. Secondly, their prices are far too high. Markowicz should not be priced higher than Kowalski's ($4.99 - $5.99/lb). Thirdly, they should not sell freezer burnt meat. Finally, they should open up shop in a local suburb like Livonia and maintain a proper deli, where the old shop can be their smokehouse and more of an "outlet" for "other product." Those are just some considerations.

That is why I rated their kielbasa "excellent" in this review, in the hopes that they once again live up to their standard. I offered that assessment in perhaps a vain hope and encouragement. I will give them one more chance for the sake of nostalgia, but had this have been the first time I had Markowicz's sausage, the review would have been on the lowest end of the ratings for quality and I would never would have gone back. The quality of product I received didn't even compare to Eckerich. I will not buy meats here for others ever again as the quality is erratic and the service deceptive. There is something old school about the shop, but the city's blight and plight diminishes it. While dishonest service staff at the counter is in a word, fraudulent and unprofessional. They should be ashamed of themselves. If they treated their patrons with this type of product for Western Easter, I am sure they lost a good portion of their dwindling clientele.

If you are looking to buy local sausage and willing to make a trip to the old neighborhoods, I suggest you keep on going down I94 until you get to Hamtramck, get to Joseph Campau and go to Srodek's, cheaper (nearly half the price), quality akin to the old Markowicz's or better, better area, better lit, cleaner, friendlier, truthful and just a little more gas and travel time. They make sausage and meats the way Markowicz's used to or better. Their prices are best, better than the grocery store sausages even. They became what Markowicz's should have become. If you are not interested in visiting Hamtramck, try Dearborn Sausage Company, cheaper as well, but inferior in quality... more fat and fillers and an inferior grind... (when Markowicz's is up to standard). If you wish to remain local in the suburbs, Kowalski has come a long way and is hard to beat, and you can buy it at Kroger.

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★★★☆☆

Let me begin by saying, Markowicz's sausage and meats were a staple of my family for five decades. When my mother was pregnant with me, Markowicz's sausage was one of her favorites. I was practically weaned on it. My first word was "kalbasa." My family knew the original proprietor and owner, Markowicz, his wife and was acquainted with his son, who is know the proprietor.

That being said, this last Orthodox Easter (5, May, 2013) brought what may be a finale to our patronage of Markowicz's sausage shop. We purchased our sausage and meats there on Holy Saturday. We bought a double smoked chunky sausage, a double smoked medium (for a local Orthodox Priest) sausage, two of what they are now calling "kabanosy" (their old kabanosy were once long and spicey and skinny) and a half pound of headcheese.

What makes this sorrowful is the very pitiful spectacle Markowicz's now is. It is poorly lit. They can do with some fluorescent lighting. Not especially clean (a dusting, waxing and washing would work wonders). And the meats are no longer fresh. At one time, the kielbasa hung behind the counter and the shop smelled of wonderfully smoked delights. Not so much anymore. It is refrigerated and frozen, thawed in refrigeration and kept past reasonable consumption time in the showcase upfront. This would have been less disappointing had the woman managing the cash register not have insisted everything was fresh, when the deli meats clearly were old. Sadly, she flagrantly tried to pass everything off as "just made."

So Pascha arrived and after seven weeks of Lent, I was eager to sample what for me was smoked sausage nostalgia. The headcheese was totally off and dry, tasting a cross between pectin and styrofoam. A quarter pound of grocery deli Eckerich headcheese turned out to be superior. And it was half or a third of the price. The "kabanosy" were the driest, most tasteless freezer burnt things one could ever imagine. While the double smoked chunky and medium grind hadn't fared much better: dry, freezer burnt, nigh tasteless. It was as if Markowicz was selling to the Orthodox old stock left over from Western Easter. For a sausage maker who had once been numbered among the elite in the nation, and perhaps the world, this was totally unacceptible.

Firstly, if they have to keep meats and sausage past a week to ten days after smoking, they should vacuum seal them at very least. Secondly, their prices are far too high. Markowicz should not be priced higher than Kowalski's ($4.99 - $5.99/lb). Thirdly, they should not sell freezer burnt meat. Finally, they should open up shop in a local suburb like Livonia and maintain a proper deli, where the old shop can be their smokehouse and more of an "outlet" for "other product." Those are just some considerations.

That is why I rated their kielbasa "excellent" in this review, in the hopes that they once again live up to their standard. I offered that assessment in perhaps a vain hope and encouragement. I will give them one more chance for the sake of nostalgia, but had this have been the first time I had Markowicz's sausage, the review would have been on the lowest end of the ratings for quality and I would never would have gone back. The quality of product I received didn't even compare to Eckerich. I will not buy meats here for others ever again as the quality is erratic and the service deceptive. There is something old school about the shop, but the city's blight and plight diminishes it. While dishonest service staff at the counter is in a word, fraudulent and unprofessional. They should be ashamed of themselves. If they treated their patrons with this type of product for Western Easter, I am sure they lost a good portion of their dwindling clientele.

If you are looking to buy local sausage and willing to make a trip to the old neighborhoods, I suggest you keep on going down I94 until you get to Hamtramck, get to Joseph Campau and go to Srodek's, cheaper (nearly half the price), quality akin to the old Markowicz's or better, better area, better lit, cleaner, friendlier, truthful and just a little more gas and travel time. They make sausage and meats the way Markowicz's used to or better. Their prices are best, better than the grocery store sausages even. They became what Markowicz's should have become. If you are not interested in visiting Hamtramck, try Dearborn Sausage Company, cheaper as well, but inferior in quality... more fat and fillers and an inferior grind... (when Markowicz's is up to standard). If you wish to remain local in the suburbs, Kowalski has come a long way and is hard to beat, and you can buy it at Kroger.

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This place is 100% authentic and has the BEST KIELBASA without question! They make it right there at the store - the smell of the sausage hits you right when you walk through the front door -it's awesome. I'm the 3rd generation of my family that goes to Markowycz for kielbasa - my mother grew up in this old Polish neighborhood off of Michigan Ave in west Detroit in the 1920's through WW II, and I remember sitting in our '57 Ford as a kid while my Dad waited in line to buy kielbasa. Nowadays - the neighborhood isn't what it used to be - the line is shorter and you always meet interesting people - you hear conversation in Polish as well as English - the old storefront looks like something out of the movie Christmas Story - it's the real deal! Now I go there with my buddies as the 1st stop of a holiday kielbasa + beers & lunch outing each year before Christmas - great time! I recommend the smoked chunk kielbasa - it's a family tradition at Christmas time in our house. Try Markowycz's once - you'll be a believer & you'll be back!

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This place is 100% authentic and has the BEST KIELBASA without question! They make it right there at the store - the smell of the sausage hits you right when you walk through the front door -it's awesome. I'm the 3rd generation of my family that goes to Markowycz for kielbasa - my mother grew up in this old Polish neighborhood off of Michigan Ave in west Detroit in the 1920's through WW II, and I remember sitting in our '57 Ford as a kid while my Dad waited in line to buy kielbasa. Nowadays - the neighborhood isn't what it used to be - the line is shorter and you always meet interesting people - you hear conversation in Polish as well as English - the old storefront looks like something out of the movie Christmas Story - it's the real deal! Now I go there with my buddies as the 1st stop of a holiday kielbasa + beers & lunch outing each year before Christmas - great time! I recommend the smoked chunk kielbasa - it's a family tradition at Christmas time in our house. Try Markowycz's once - you'll be a believer & you'll be back!

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I am a big fan of this company and you will be too. There are no additives or preservatives other than garlic and lots of it. They do not accept credit cards so bring cash, the longer you are in the store the more you want to buy. I live in NW Colorado and when I visit Holly, Michigan I always make the hour drive to stock up. Ask about the big sail fish on the wall behind the counter, the woman who caught it works there.

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I am a big fan of this company and you will be too. There are no additives or preservatives other than garlic and lots of it. They do not accept credit cards so bring cash, the longer you are in the store the more you want to buy. I live in NW Colorado and when I visit Holly, Michigan I always make the hour drive to stock up. Ask about the big sail fish on the wall behind the counter, the woman who caught it works there.

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I can't go see my daughter in Indianapolis without taking 3 or 4 rings of sausage. This stuff is fantastic and the family that owns the place are rightfully proud of their product.

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I can't go see my daughter in Indianapolis without taking 3 or 4 rings of sausage. This stuff is fantastic and the family that owns the place are rightfully proud of their product.

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This place has the best quality and tasting all natural lunchmeats and sausages I have ever had. We go and stock up every couple of months. The family who owns and makes all the food is amazing and I love supporting a small, local business. My kids won't eat hotdogs from anywhere else. We get all our sausages, lunchmeats, hot dogs, etc. from them!! They are the best!!

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This place has the best quality and tasting all natural lunchmeats and sausages I have ever had. We go and stock up every couple of months. The family who owns and makes all the food is amazing and I love supporting a small, local business. My kids won't eat hotdogs from anywhere else. We get all our sausages, lunchmeats, hot dogs, etc. from them!! They are the best!!

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Markowycz"s IS the best sausage you can find ANYWHERE. It is worth waiting in line for hours for. Go there during the holidays and see the lines. They do not use fake smoke flavoring nor a lot of fat in their sausage. It is mouthwatering and smells so good. And the family is awesome to see them making the sausage in the back while you are there shows how much they care about it being HOMEMADE.
I went with my father-in-law to several of the area sausage stores in the area including Hamtramack and there is only one place I have been going to since I moved here 26 years ago and this is the only place I will go for the best.
When we go there, before I can start the car, I hear one of the girls breaking off a chunk of it and eating it. Go try them You WILL NOT be disappointed

Lucy and Joe

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Markowycz"s IS the best sausage you can find ANYWHERE. It is worth waiting in line for hours for. Go there during the holidays and see the lines. They do not use fake smoke flavoring nor a lot of fat in their sausage. It is mouthwatering and smells so good. And the family is awesome to see them making the sausage in the back while you are there shows how much they care about it being HOMEMADE.
I went with my father-in-law to several of the area sausage stores in the area including Hamtramack and there is only one place I have been going to since I moved here 26 years ago and this is the only place I will go for the best.
When we go there, before I can start the car, I hear one of the girls breaking off a chunk of it and eating it. Go try them You WILL NOT be disappointed

Lucy and Joe

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This is the best Kielbasa in the world. From the moment you walk in the door the aroma is heavenly. I have had this sausage my whole life and wouldn't go anywhere else. And I've tried others - nothing compares. Everything about this little store is great - from the authentic Polish women working there to the great foods they make. I love the Kielbasa cold as I think that it loses some of the smokeyness when you boil it. But you have to taste for yourself.

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This is the best Kielbasa in the world. From the moment you walk in the door the aroma is heavenly. I have had this sausage my whole life and wouldn't go anywhere else. And I've tried others - nothing compares. Everything about this little store is great - from the authentic Polish women working there to the great foods they make. I love the Kielbasa cold as I think that it loses some of the smokeyness when you boil it. But you have to taste for yourself.

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Markowycz's European Homemade sausage is the best. Everything about it, is just perfect. We get our sausage their for our holiday dinners. Their lunch meats are just as wonderful. If you like European food, they carry some of those too. If you haven't had a chance to try Markowycz's sausage yet, stop by there and pick some up, you won't be disappointed.

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Markowycz's European Homemade sausage is the best. Everything about it, is just perfect. We get our sausage their for our holiday dinners. Their lunch meats are just as wonderful. If you like European food, they carry some of those too. If you haven't had a chance to try Markowycz's sausage yet, stop by there and pick some up, you won't be disappointed.

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