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Helen's Sausage House

4866 North Du Pont Highway, Smyrna, DE - (302) 653-4200
Posted By Michael Stern on 6/27/2007 8:32:00 PM
If you are hungry and rushing north towards the Delaware Valley Bridge any time between four in the morning and lunch (or on Sunday, starting at 7am), call Helen’s and place a sandwich order. That’s the way the truckers do it, and in this case, the truckers are onto a very good thing. Helen’s Sausage House is a roadside eatery with huge sandwiches at small prices.

The sausages Helen serves are thick and crusty giants with plenty of Italian zest. They spurt juice when you bite them, and a normal sandwich is two in a roll (although wimpy appetites can get a single). With fried green peppers and onions, this is a truly majestic arrangement of food – a little messy to eat with one hand while driving, but nevertheless, one of the great sausage sandwiches anywhere.

Helen’s offers all manner of breakfast sandwich on bread or rolls, made with eggs, bacon, scrapple, and fried ham; as well as lunch-time sandwiches of steak, cheese steak, burgers, hot beef and hot ham. Other than the sausage, the one must-eat (and must see!) meal is Helen’s pork chop sandwich. When the menu says jumbo pork chop, you better believe it. This slab of meat is approximately three times larger than the puny pieces of white bread that are stuck on either side of it. It isn’t all that thick a chop, but it is tender, moist, and mouth-wateringly spiced.

While most of Helen’s clientele stop by for sandwiches wrapped to go, it is possible to dine here. Place your order at the counter and carry it to one of a few tables on ground level opposite the instant-order counter, or proceed up a couple of steps into a dining room decorated entirely with pictures of Elvis. This is Roadfood extraordinaire!

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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It is assumed you want a double when you order a sausage sandwich, although singles are available. Two in a bun with peppers and onions is a well-nigh perfect sandwich: meaty, spicy, and super-succulent.
"It is assumed you want a double when you order a sausage sandwich, although singles are available. Two in a bun with peppers and onions is a well-nigh perfect sandwich: meaty, spicy, and super-succulent."
Michael Stern





Our favorite part of the sausage sandwich is those crusty ends, which is chewy and incredibly flavorful.
"Our favorite part of the sausage sandwich is those crusty ends, which is chewy and incredibly flavorful."
Cliff Strutz


The bread in this sandwich is merely an aid for picking up the extra-large pork chop, thus eliminating the need for utensils and making this excellent seat-of-the-car-(or-of-the-truck)-cuisine.
"The bread in this sandwich is merely an aid for picking up the extra-large pork chop, thus eliminating the need for utensils and making this excellent seat-of-the-car-(or-of-the-truck)-cuisine."
Michael Stern


If you dine in, a knife and fork are provided with a pork chop sandwich, but they are not absolutely necessary. Using the bread as a mitt, the pork chop can easily be eaten out of hand, This one was dressed only with hot sauce.
"If you dine in, a knife and fork are provided with a pork chop sandwich, but they are not absolutely necessary. Using the bread as a mitt, the pork chop can easily be eaten out of hand, This one was dressed only with hot sauce."
Michael Stern


Though not huge, the sausage sandwich packs a wallop.  The flavor explodes in the mouth on first bite!
"Though not huge, the sausage sandwich packs a wallop. The flavor explodes in the mouth on first bite!"
Cliff Strutz


Wanting to try something different, we ordered the fried bologna with egg.  The bologna is sliced thin, which allows it to get extra crispy.  Good sandwich, but not on the level of the sausage.
"Wanting to try something different, we ordered the fried bologna with egg. The bologna is sliced thin, which allows it to get extra crispy. Good sandwich, but not on the level of the sausage."
Cliff Strutz



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Orders are placed at the counter and assembled quickly, either wrapped to go or on a paper plate for dining up a couple of steps in the Elvis room.
"Orders are placed at the counter and assembled quickly, either wrapped to go or on a paper plate for dining up a couple of steps in the Elvis room."
Michael Stern


If you love excellent sausage and Elvis, you will enjoy dining in Helen's small eating area.
"If you love excellent sausage and Elvis, you will enjoy dining in Helen's small eating area."
Cliff Strutz


The most striking piece of Elvisiana decorating the dining room is an 8/10th size statuette of the King in the corner. We suspect Elvis would very much have liked Helen's food.
"The most striking piece of Elvisiana decorating the dining room is an 8/10th size statuette of the King in the corner. We suspect Elvis would very much have liked Helen's food."
Michael Stern


While common south of the Mason-Dixon line, images of happy pigs are rare on restaurant signs anywhere else.
"While common south of the Mason-Dixon line, images of happy pigs are rare on restaurant signs anywhere else."
Michael Stern


Although sausages are the star attraction, Helen's other sandwiches are not to be ignored, in particular the pork chop and the cheese steak.
"Although sausages are the star attraction, Helen's other sandwiches are not to be ignored, in particular the pork chop and the cheese steak."
Michael Stern



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