Having eaten sausages in a number of German cities and Bundesliga stadia since, I can honestly say that none has lived up to that of Freiburg, not even the currywurst of the Borussia Dortmund press room.
Freiburg fans are now enduring a similar feeling with the travails of the current season a major let-down after the last campaign.
A homely, cosy kind of club, no one begrudged Freiburg their remarkable 2012/13, especially as they played some good football in achieving it.
Their fifth-placed finish - and with it a return to European competition for the first time in more than a decade - was just desserts for Christian Streich and his men, but, like many small clubs who have over-achieved before them, they are now finding success can often prove a curse.
Just as it was a surprise to see them near the top of the table, it is something of a wonder to find them languishing in the relegation zone with three points from their first six games, the club's worst ever start to a Bundesliga season.
Though when you look at who went through the door marked 'Ausgang' at the Badenova Stadium this summer, the eyebrows should fall.
Cédric Makiadi, Jan Rosenthal, Daniel Caligiuri and Johannes Flum all departed. The first two underpinned Streich's strategy, the latter duo had progressed from the youth academy to the first team, just like their coach.
Add to that Max Kruse, and 23 goals of the 45 the side scored last season disappeared in a hail of cash. The heart of the team was not so much ripped out, but surgically removed and served - presumably with some fava beans and a nice Chianti - to Bundesliga rivals.
"It'll take a bit of time until all the newcomers get used to the way the team plays," explained Streich.
Time, though, is the commodity most sought and so rarely given in football, even if his success of last season will have bought Streich a couple of extra lives. Club president Fritz Keller insisted on Wednesday his coach was "untouchable" in terms of being removed from his post.
Though Wednesday's derby win over Stuttgart in the DFB Pokal will have helped his cause, Streich quickly needs to give his side confidence - that other priceless, elusive luxury.
"Unfortunately we have again thrown away the lead," grumbled Streich after last weekend's draw with Hertha Berlin, which followed their Europa League debut in which they led 2-0 before being pegged back to draw at Slovan Liberec."We played too many simple balls, and lost our calm."
"We had the chance to build some confidence in Europe, and we made some stupid errors. I'm lost for words," said forward Mike Hanke before quickly refinding his power of speech.
"We played brilliantly for a half, then we made mistakes that shouldn't happen at this level."
While the signs are unmistakable that the team lacks self-belief, all is far from lost, not least for the facile reason that the season is in its infancy.
Also, however, befitting the intelligent transfer dealings of recent past that brought in the likes of Rosenthal, Kruse and Karim Guedé, Freiburg have stocked up smartly during the summer.
Hanke showed at Borussia Moenchengladbach he can still prove a useful front man, while his generally assured first touch is perfectly tailored for Freiburg's game.
Czech pair Vladimir Darida and Vaclav Pilar will not only help each other settle, but should add a healthy dollop of potency to the Freiburg attack even if question marks remain over whether Pilar can recover the state-of-grace he enjoyed at Euro 2012 and perhaps even just recover full stop from the knee injury that has prevented him playing a single Bundesliga game since his move to Wolfsburg last January. Meanwhile, Francis Coquelin and Gelson Fernandes should bring extra craft and graft to the midfield.
With a squad that will be stretched wafer-thin between now and Christmas due to the exertions of the Europa League group stage on top of domestic demands, do not expect a quick fix.
An early-ish Europa League exit should be enough to ensure Freiburg remain in the top flight, even if memories of their last European season of 2001/02, which ended in relegation, must trouble the sleep of even the most hardy fan. But if you are a Freiburg supporter, despair not. You still have the best sausages in Germany.
Ian Holyman - Follow on Twitter @ian_holyman