No. 97, Breakfast Sausage from Da-Le Ranch
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Photo by The Mexican Sausage at bottom; far tastier than my pathetic photo hints at...
Yes, Da-Le Ranch ain't OC; it's based in Lake Elsinore. But that hasn't stopped OC foodies from obsessing about their organic, humanely raised meats for the past couple of years, or for lines to form at the SOCO and downtown SanTana farmers' market as loyal customers await for their weekly order.
Everything they sell is spectacular, but the chica and I usually favor the breakfast sausage. They sell it by the pound, but even just one pound is so dense and flavorful you'd think they slaughtered a dwarf cow just for you. Juicy, earthy, thick: it's an ideal way to start a morning. Add an egg over-easy over it, and you'll never bother with Jimmy Dean again.