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Ohio’s Own: Fligner’s Fiesta Sausage

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Fligner’s Fiesta SausagePhoto by Miriam Bowers Abbott
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Founded in 1924, Fligner’s Market is the longest-standing grocery store in Lorain, Ohio. People travel from all across Ohio to shop its aisles, not only for the fresh meats and house-baked goods, but also for its famous customer service, a treatment that includes a clerk who will walk out to the car with you, and load in your groceries.

And while Fligner’s can’t really export its customer service to other cities, you can find its meat here in Columbus. Specifically, you can find its sausage. And it is sausage worth seeking. Case in point: Consider the following list of lovable things about its Fiesta Cheddar Chicken Sausage. 

  1. When you open the package the links are still linked together, like real old-school sausages fresh from the butcher. You have to separate them from each other.
  2. The Fiesta sausages are flecked with red and green peppers and chunks of something akin to American cheese. Nothing says Americana like good ‘ol American cheese…or according to the label, “pasteurized processed restricted melt cheddar.”
  3. Once cooked, the plumped, juicy sausages come across with a homespun, almost rural charm. 
  4. And weirdly, really weirdly, the sausages seems to be low-ish in fat. That probably has something to do with chicken being the meat of choice. In a serving (about one link), there are only 4 grams of fat, 21 grams of protein and zero carbs. That’s what the label says. The sausages taste not-healthy-at-all, in a good way, so this was a surprise discovery, after the fact. 

As it turns out, Fligner’s website says the chicken sausages are made not just from mystery chicken, but from chicken breast. The sausages come in lots of other fun flavors, with both pork and chicken bases. You can score traditional Italian Sausage or branch out with an unconventional Philly Cheese Steak Sausage. You can find its wares locally at stores such as Marc’s. 

For more information, visit flignersmarket.com.

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