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Mild Sauce - Only in Chicago?

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  • xbeetfarmx Nov 3, 2003 12:12 PM
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So this is my first post to chowhounds. Hi!
One of my favorite things about Chicago, is something called "Mild Sauce" My cousin said its something only found in Chicago.. You get it at the neighborhood pizza, gyros, beef stand etc.. And the best place I've ever had it is at The Bismark II.. It is on Western (2400W) and Hirsch (1400N) in East Humboldt Park. Anyone else have heard of this sauce? It's kind of a cross between hot sauce, ketchup, and barbeque. It's such a perfect union of flavors - and its for fries of slathering on your pizza, or possibly wings.. Anyone else have this in their neighborhood place?

The Bismark II
1400 N Western Ave
Chi, IL 60622

The Bismark has pretty good pizza, nothing to faint over, but I was wondering more about mild sauce. The Bismark is just a rad neighborhood place to snack at.

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  1. I've never heard of this sauce, but it sounds great :)

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    1. re: leek

      count me in as as someone who's lived in Chicago their whole life and has never heard of "Mild Sauce"?? Am I missing out?

      1. re: west side

        I too have lived my entire life in Chicago (north side)and this is the first I've heard of mild sauce.
        Another south side only thing seems to be the breaded steak sandwich (ala Ricobene's).Oh yeah,and what about those tiny water glasses that south side taverns always seem to include with a bottle of beer.
        What else is done differently on the south side? or west side for that matter.

    2. I’ve never been to Bismark but my understanding of "mild sauce" is that it’s generally cheap barbecue sauce. Sort of like diluted ketchup with extra spices, sugar, and vinegar. Don’t misunderstand, I’m not putting it down. A squirt of mild can do wonders for some food, most notably chicken from Harold’s (hot and mild is the way to go). Somewhere I wrote down the brand of sauce that Harold’s uses. I think you can find a variety of similar sauces by the gallon (really, really cheap) at places like Moo & Oink. It seems to me the term "mild sauce" is more common at fast food places on the south side. Order a steak hoagy and you’ll find it often comes with a squirt of mild. I’ve certainly been asked if I’d like mild sauce on my fries but never yet on my pizza.

      1. I AM FROM CHICAGO AS WELL AND FROM MY EXPERIENCE, MILD SAUCE IS USUALLY FOUND IN THE MORE "URBAN" PARTS OF THE CITY. IT IS A MIXTURE BETWEEN KETCHUP, HOT SAUCE & BBQ SAUCE. THE BEST I'VE EVER TASTED WAS AT BABA'S ON PULASKI & MADISON. SMOTHERED ON FRIES AND A LITTLE ON TOP OF THE PHILLY CHEESESTAEAK, ONE OF THE BEST.

        1. Oops. Edited my reply.
          This thread is from '03.

          1. I am a west side native. You can find Mild Sauce in almost every restaurant in, every hood on both the Westside and Southside of the city. On the Westside you can get it at restaurants like Coleman's (Cicero near Chicago Ave.), Uncle Remus (Madison & Central), Auntie Remus (Madison & Keller), Toy's(Van Buren & Laramie), Harold's (Southside) and a host of others places in Humbolt park and other areas. If you see a Vienna Beef sign in the hood, nine out of ten they have it. Get it on EVERYTHING!!!!!