In 1970, Sheboygan battled Bucyrus, Ohio for the title of Bratwurst Capital of the World. After a grueling duel, the Sheboygan Press reported on August 14, 1970, that Judge John Bolgert had rendered an official decision bestowing the title upon Sheboygan and barring all other claimers from using it.
The landmark decision noted “…that based upon the findings of fact herein above stated that the citizens of Sheboygan through their sausage makers, bakers and backyard chefs have established their right to the herein litigated title not only by virtue of claim but also by virtue of performance.” Judge Bolgert concluded, “It is the judgment of this court that Sheboygan is and of right ought to be Bratwurst Capital of the World.” …and so it is.
In Sheboygan, we take our brats seriously.
First, we fry them on a grill. And no, we absolutely do not grill brats on a grill; we fry them–period. Many a visitor and transplant to Sheboygan has been confused by the well-known phrase, “fry brats.” But know for certain that we are not utilizing the word “fry” incorrectly, nor are we spelling it incorrectly when we write, “I fryed brats,” in reference to how one spent a weekend. That is just simply how it is done in Sheboygan. We fry brats, and having fryed them to perfection, we dress them on a round (not oblong) Sheboygan hard roll and sprinkle with onion and brown mustard. There you have it! The Sheboygan brat, fryed and dressed, that earned the title Bratwurst Capital of the World.
The Sly’s Sheboygan Special plate is a perfectly fryed Miesfeld’s double brat on a City Bakery hard roll served with baked beans and homemade potato salad for only $5. You can’t beat it!
Sly’s is a friendly neighborhood spot favored by the locals for down-to-earth conversation, cold beer and drinks, great food, awesome chili and BRATS! …fryed and served Sheboygan style. Owned and operated by locals David and Janet Sly, in a nostalgic twist of Sheboygan history, Janet is the daughter of Carol Buschmann, original member of the Chordettes. (For those of you racking your brain on this one, the Chordettes sang Mr. Sandman and Lollipop!)