Kelly the Culinarian: Food find: Utah's fry sauce

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Food find: Utah's fry sauce

As a good Irish girl, I love potatoes in any context. Especially with ketchup. But on our cross-country journey, we encountered something new to serve up with fries. I was starving one afternoon so we stopped at the first place we saw off the Utah highway. It was an A&W that was also a gas station, grocery store and movie rental place.

It was a small town.

Anyhow, the food itself was nothing too special. They have a new burger called the Papa burger, which is two patties with cheese and all the fixings.


But the "fry sauce" was something new. It was served unrequested with our food. The sauce, which was orange in color and thick than ketchup, was made with mayonnaise, ketchup, buttermilk and sugar, according to the package. It was also packaged in Utah, which led me to believe (rightly so) it was a regional item. This article explains its origin and composition.

I found the sauce to be a bit tasteless. Also, reading the ingredients before trying it out probably turned me off from the product as well. Tim didn't mind it, but said he'd prefer honey mustard sauce. Maybe you need to be from Utah to enjoy its complexities.


For me, I'll just stick with ketchup.

4 comments:

WokandSpoon said...

Hi Kelly,
Thanks for stopping by my blog! You know what - we used to have A&W in Malaysia when I was growing up there and my mum used to take me there as a treat! I loved the big mugs of root beer that you could get - plus the chicken and chips! yum!
As for the fry sauce - it looks a little like thousand island dressing! Probably just the same colour!

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wheresmymind said...

Personally, I dig the sweet/sour sauce from McD's for my fries! Of course, that is the one time every 5 years I go there :)

Kalyn said...

Kelly, very fun to find someone blogging about fry sauce. The best fry sauce in Utah is at Hires Hamburgers in Salt Lake. It's made fresh from mayo, ketchup, and is rumored to have a bit of pickle juice too. Yea, it's a Utah thing. But the packaged kind is awful.