Assemble a sandwich with two eight-inch links of sausage, and generally the result will be much more compact. My kielbasa on rye, with sauerkraut and mustard ($5.50), had an strikingly splayed appearance — the sausage had been not merely split lengthwise, it had been thinly sliced lengthwise, exposing greater surface area and unleashing additional juicy flavor.
Most of Janek's business is in catering and to-go orders, but the shop also has a tiny counter with a trio of stools, whose short-backed, molded plastic seats don't encourage lingering. Just as well: Dispatching a sandwich like this doesn't take long.
Janek's Fine Foods
200 Monroe St. (Hope-Columbia Aves.), Passaic, New Jersey
Closed Sunday and Monday