Best wurst news: Sausage fans are rejoicing over the news that Dittmer's Gourmet Meats & Wurst-Haus has reopened, just in time for late-summer grilling action. This old-fashioned butcher shop had been on hiatus for more than a year and a half, ever since a fire destroyed its longtime shop in nearby Mountain View. The new Dittmer's has been built not many blocks away, in Los Altos, where the Bubert family -- father/founder Dittmer, son Mark and daughter Petra -- found a roomier building. Now, the clientele devoted to Dittmer's since 1978 can again find smoked-on-site bacon, hams, spare ribs and salmon; choice- and prime-grade steaks and chops; and a staggering array of 40-plus varieties of sausage made in-house: from brats and bangers to Danish Medisterpoise and Venison Andouille. And for those who can't imagine going much longer without a Dittmer's Thuringer salami sandwich for lunch, the shop's popular sandwich bar, with its wide variety of German cold cuts, is scheduled to open soon.
Details: Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, until 5 p.m. Saturdays. 4540 El Camino Real, Los Altos. 650-941-3800; www.dittmers.com.
European fare: It's time to recap some of the newer entrants in our United Nations of dining. Downtown Campbell's BYR of Belgium is a casual spot that serves a wide array of Belgian beers and traditional fare such as stoofvlees (a beef stew made with beer), meatballs, chervil soup -- and waffles with toppings. Creative waffles have included a savory number with crumbled bacon, goat cheese and raspberry jalapeño sauce, and a sweet one that combined Nutella, apple spread and butterscotch chips. Details: 193 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell; 408-340-5549.
In downtown San Jose, the Little Cheese Shoppe has opened at the San Pedro Square Market. Find Mozzarella di Bufala with heirloom tomatoes and pesto on focaccia; Spanish Serrano ham and Manchego cheese on a baguette; fresh chevre topping a green salad with figs and toasted walnuts. Or you can mix and match origins on a cheese and charcuterie plate. Details: 100 N. Almaden Ave., San Jose. www.littlecheeseshoppe.com.
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