Swan Market

Delicatessen | German | Grocery Store
One of the best

Who doesn’t love grocery store dining? There’s something especially appealing about sitting amongst the shelves of canned beans and boxes of elbow macaroni while chowing down on a drippy burger or plate of crunchy catfish. We always thought you had to head south to find places like this, until now. The Swan Market is a German meat market/grocery, located in a residential Rochester neighborhood, that offers a bargain lunch four days a week. And the Swan is no Northern knockoff of a Southern tradition; it is thoroughly Rochesterian in character.

Find yourself a seat at one of the oilcloth-covered tables in front of the meat counter and make your selection from the menu hanging above. Barry Fischer makes his own sausages (the Swan motto is “The Best of the Wurst”); if you don’t plan to make a meal of sausage, a good way to start is with the assorted sausage appetizer, at the incredible loss-leader price of $1.50/person. These sausages are extraordinary! The pale fresh pork (and veal?) bratwurst is flecked with herbs and seasoning, with a gentle flavor that is soul-satisfying, while the coarser-ground pink bauernwurst, with a punchier flavor, spurts juices as the taut natural casing is pierced. Other sausage possibilities include a smoked version of the bratwurst, as well as knockwurst, weisswurst, cajun sausage, bockwurst, smoked curry sausages… the selection varies.

Other lunch options might include roast pork with sausage stuffing, various schnitzels, the stuffed beef dish called rouladen, goulash, and that pink German loaf meat called leberkase. All entrees are $6.50, which includes two sides, or for the amazing price of $7.50 you can get a sampler plate of four or five entrees and four sides (the online menu, in the now locally requisite nod to Rochester’s signature dish, calls it the “German garbage plate”). And don’t ignore those sides, which may include red cabbage or kraut or spaetzle. Especially good is the loose German potato salad, loaded with smoky bacon; we’ve never had better.

Service is old-world sweet and caring, and all the while you can observe customers picking up hams and roasts and bacons to bring home. The original market goes back to the early 1900’s, we were told, although Mr. Fischer’s tenure here is more recent.

What to Eat
Swan Market, Sausage Platter
Sausage Platter
At only $3.00 (or $1.50 per person), the sausage platter is a serious bargain!
Noodles with Gravy
German Potato Salad
Swan Market, Fresh Bratwurst
Fresh Bratwurst
The fresh bratwurst is gentle and easy to love.
Swan Market, Bauernwurst
Bauernwurst (farmer sausage) is a coarse-ground pork sausage. Note that these sausages are served heated, but not pan-browned or grilled. With sausages this good, the taste of the sausage itself is showcased.
Sausage Appetizer
Sampler Platter
Swan Market, Ju00e4ger Schnitzle
Ju00e4ger Schnitzle
The jager schnitzle comes topped with a tasty brown mushroom gravy. In the background is the excellent German potato salad and the bread dumplings.
Imported Draft Pitcher
Spaetzle with Gravy
Swan Market, Sandwich Meats
Sandwich Meats
Peruse the selection of cold cuts at the front counter. They carry kaiserfleisch, beerschinken, yachtwurst, gelbwurst, zugenwurst, both sour and regular head cheese... Which is which? Your guess is as good as ours.
Swan Market, Bread
A basket of good, chewy, earthy German rye breads is presented when you sit down.
Swan Market, Rahm Schnitzle
Rahm Schnitzle
We loved the flavorful cream sauce loaded with mushrooms for this rahm schnitzle.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Wednesday8am - 5pm
Thursday8am - 5pm
Friday8am - 5pm
Saturday8am - 2pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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