Sunday, April 26, 2009

Condimental Divide

Ketchup vs. Fry Sauce
Ketchup vs. Fry Sauce, originally uploaded by Jack Black's Stunt Double.

My first month in Wyoming, me and some coworkers were eating lunch and someone was dipping his fries into a pinkish sludge. I asked him what it was, and he replied "It's Fry Sauce".

My initial thought was to say "Oh, we had that back in Pittsburgh, but it was redder, and we called it 'ketchup'." but instead I asked him if it was any good, and he gave me a taste.

I was underwhelmed. It wasn't bad, but it was no alternitive to ketchup. I might be biased, because the Heinz factory is in Pittsburgh, but when I want sauce on my fries, I reach for the red stuff. Anyway, I was in Ogden, UT on a pleasure trip and on the way home, I decided to stop into one of those Arctic Circle restaurants that the Utah natives keep taking about.

Arctic Circle is pretty much like a Dairy Queen Brazier store. Like DQ, they have burgers that are better than those of most fast food places. Unlike DQ, these guys claim to have invented Fry Sauce. Admittedly, the stuff in Arctic Circle did taste a lot better than the little condiment tubs from the Grocery Store Deli, but again, the greatest strike against it is that it dilutes perfectly good ketchup with Mayo.

I think it's one of those Utah things that just can't get any traction outside of the West. I've never heard of this stuff until I moved out to Wyoming, and I think if I asked for it in any restaurant back home, the staff would just give a confused look (I'll have to try that next time I'm home).


ninjaterp said...

They sell Extra Mild salsa in the stores and they cut ketchup with mayo. What does this tell you? Do we need to smuggle you some Frank's Hot Sauce?

Fuzzy said...

Heh, no I have my own bottle of Frank's in the Fridge, but thanks.

Tiffany said...

I don't mix ketchup and mayo, but I do find that garlic mayo is a darn tasty french fry condiment. But only if the garlic is strong.

Emmett said...

It's an insidious plot by the damn French and their Belgic minions ... they use mayo and are sneaking it in through "fry sauce" ...