Hans' Sausage and Delicatessen is like a delicious taste of Deutschland right in the heart of downtown Burien.
"It is the best," said Sue Wilke, a customer at Hans'. "My parents were both born in Germany and this food is comparable to what I grew up on."
"Of course the food is awesome!" said another customer Francis Brown. "They smoke a lot of their own meats and you find things that you usually don't find in other places."
Owners Hans and Marianne Stewin grew up and got married in Germany 59 years ago.
"I was 17 we left Berlin and went to Edmonton, Alberta," recalls Marianne. "One year later we emigrated to the United States. We came to Seattle and that's where we are. I'm very proud of it because we came with nothing. And built this."
In 1974, the couple opened Hans'.
"We make German sausage here," said Marianne. "Between 50-60 sausage and cold cuts."
Hans himself handcrafts a delectable array of amazing meat products.
"We make wieners," he said. "Frankfurter wieners, natural wieners - not Oscar Meyer wieners. Natural wieners."
This is truly a family business, Hans' son Michael and grandson Bryan both work at the shop - three generations.
After the wieners are made, they're smoked. Hans may be the sausage maker, but he says this biz has a not-so-secret weapon.
"A good wife who's smarter than we are," he said. "She's very business orientated - a good one."
Marianne runs the front of the house.
"I love giving this little piece of Germany to my customers. They walk straight to the meat case most of the time. Or they stand at the door and say 'MMM smells so good!'"
She took us around on a tasty tour, showing us everything from the wieners, onion mettwurst, bratwurst, bockwurst, knockwurst, you name it.
Let's just say, their wurst is the best, but they also have specialty items like the head cheese and blood sausage.
"You have to be European or German to eat that," said Marianne.
Their sandwiches are also super popular. There is always something to sample here! Together, Hans and Marianne have built a place that tastes like Germany and feels like home, for everyone.
"Makes me feel good when everybody comes in and says 'Oh I've been in Germany and I love this and that and they feel like home here!'"