November 1, 2017
At Otto’s Sausage Kitchen, Business Has Been Smoking for 95 Years
STORY BY ANGELA SANDERS
IMAGES BY AARON LEE
Standing in the white-tiled back room of Southeast Portland’s Otto’s Sausage Kitchen, sisters Heidi and Christie Eichentopf stare at the ancient Buffalo Chopper’s massive blade. Along with the old-school meat hopper and smokehouses blackened by eight decades of alder smoke, it’s horror-movie gruesome.
“We tried to convince Grimm to film an episode here,” Christie says. The producers didn’t take the bait. But it’s hard to believe that Otto’s Sausage Kitchen would have had the time to interrupt its production of more than 40 types of sausage — 166,400 old-fashioned hot dogs last year alone — for a television show, anyway.
Otto’s Sausage Kitchen is named...