As European immigrants flocked to the Midwest in the mid-nineteenth century, they brought along sausage-making traditions to feed their families and to provide a flexible framework for workday corsets. Use today's Groupon to stuff your own shirt with sausage: for $5, you get $10 worth of gourmet meats and Old World–style brats and sausages from Cetak's Gourmet Meats & Sausages, just east of Holmes Park on Pioneer Woods Drive. The prices listed reflect the website and may vary in-store.
With more than 100 years of meat-mongering lineage, the Cetak family's carnivorous empire has met the needs of area meat-eaters with gusto for generations. Using classic Czech recipes passed down from Joe Dworak, the great-grandfather of Cetak's owner Jason Cetak, the shop's meat mavens imbue each link, brat, and cut with Old World flavor and a penchant for Victorian phonographs. Dive head-first into Central European tradition with eight of Cetak's original family-recipe wieners, a beef–pork hybrid free of preservatives and additives ($9.99), or view encased meats through a New World lens with a four-pack of Louisiana-style andouille sausages ($9.99). For ante meridiem meat munching, plate a four-pack of maple breakfast sausage links, fashioned with pure Vermont maple syrup ($9.99), or spice up a boot-shaped supper with four hand-stuffed hot Italian sausages ($9.99). Cookouts and blackouts alike are enlivened by the hoppy goodness of Cetak's specialty beer brats, steeped in Czech custom and can upon savory can of Pabst Blue Ribbon ($9.99).
For bovine enthusiasts who prefer their protein casing-free, Cetak's also stocks copious cuts of Certified Angus beef and dry-aged steaks. Fresh cuts don't dally in the freezer, ensuring the most tender slabs and chops for grilling or placing over an unlicensed boxing injury.
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