Bavarian Meats is a third-generation family owned and operated business. That’s a big deal to us. We grew up eating the same foods our parents did, prepared the same way our great grandparents did. The recipes have been around longer than we have, and that’s the way we like it. Also, mustard. We like it with mustard as well.
Max Hofstatter came to America from Munich in 1933. He was only 19 years old, but he had big plans and a small suitcase. He settled in Seattle and worked as a sausage-maker for many years, honing his craft. But Max believed that he could make a higher-quality German sausage with the recipes that he brought with him from the Old Country. So as ambitious sausage-makers tend to do, he set out on his own.
Bavarian Meats was founded in 1961, just in time for Max to make a name for himself at the 1962 World’s Fair. Max’s authentic German wieners were a massive hit, and earned his Bavarian Meats a place in the hearts and stomachs of Seattleites for years to come. In the early ’70s, Max passed the torch to his sons, Jerry and Bob. And now, Jerry’s twin daughters, Lynn and Lyla, run the family business. As Seattle continues to change, Bavarian Meats stands as an ode to the Old Country – many generations and billions of bratwursts later.
Bavarian Meats’ products featured at Prost! West Seattle: “[Owner Chris Navarra’s] approach to the food is to buy the best Germanic ingredients he can—sausages from Bavarian Meats…” Seattle Weekly, January 27, 2009.
Praise for Bavarian Meats’ bacon at the Dahlia Lounge: “Speaking of bacon, I also would like to give thanks again to Dahlia Lounge for turning me onto the best smoked pork product I have tasted since leaving the South two years ago. Bavarian [Meats’] thick-cut bacon is showcased on the weekend brunch menu, a recent, welcome addition to the restaurant’s long hours of service.” Seattle P-I, February 5, 2009.
“The buzz words in any modern kitchen are ‘fresh’ and ‘local.’ Bavarian Meats is just that. What a team and what a product. Impeccable!” Tom Douglas (famous Seattle restaurateur).
Local public television station KCPQ highlights the Bavarian Meats store: “Quietly tucked away in Pike Place Market is Bavarian Meats. Behind the counter is Uta Adamczyk who will sell you German cold cuts with names I dare to pronounce. But besides the food, you learn so much about culture on this tour.”
Grandpa and grandma on vacation in Europe, 1987
Jerry hand-twists Wieners at Western Ave. plant, 1991
3rd generation owners, granddaughters Lyla & Lynn 2015.