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Any hounds know of a local retail grocery coney island sauce for hot dogs in the Detroit Metro area?

We've been using Castleberry's for FAR too long. Not going to buy a four pound brick from NCI or a thimble-serving @ $3.99 from Tony Packo's. And, of course, don't want to follow an "add minced beef hearts" home cooking recipe. All suggestions and point-tos welcome.

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  1. http://store.nationalconeyisland.com/...

    FWIW Beef heart does play a BIG part in the Detroit Style Coney Island sauce. I think generally it is a 2:1 ration of ground chuck to ground heart. You may find a decent butcher that could order you a heart and grind it up with the chuck.

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    1. re: JanPrimus

      Saw the 1.5# packages of NCI coney sauce at Nino Salvaggio's today. $6.49 vs 5.95 on their web site, but of course you save the shipping. They also had the NCI-label hot dogs. This was at the Clinton Township (Hall Rd) location.

      1. re: gooddog

        Thanks for that mention, and being on the look-out for me, gooddog. Your post got me to thinking (always a dangerous thing!). I frequent maybe 10 local coney island restaurants...I'm recognized and treated well at all of them.

        So. I think my next visits on my "coney route", I'll start asking if I can buy a couple of cups of sauce out of the kitchen. Only two answers to that request: "Sure", or "No".

        1. re: RedTop

          Or just get a bowl of chili "no beans" to go. I can't speak for all of them, but I think at most coney places the chili you get in a bowl is the same as the chili on top of the dog, no?

        2. re: gooddog

          I think they sell the National sauce (and dogs) at Hollywood markets as well, somewhat cheaper than at Ninos IIRC.

        3. re: JanPrimus

          Thanks for the feedback, Jan. But cha gotta know that the majority of my coney consumption is at diners in the metro area. At home, we put coneys on the table maybe once per month. That's why I really don't want to get into a recipe and cooking loop. Then too, things tend to get lost for ages in the dark recesses of our freezer.

        4. Castleberry's is a saving grace for Detroiters no longer living in Detroit.

          1. Steiner's meats 3651 E. 12 Mile, Warren has National Coney Island sauce by the pound for $2.99/#. They also had dogs. BTW this is a pretty cool butcher and prepared meal shop. Lots of goodies ready to go and cut meats.

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            1. re: goatgolfer

              Steiner's is very much a "just the basics" Warren kind of place, but I'll have to second them, as they are a high integrity, long time family meat shop. Just don't get Paul started on the topic of ill illegal immigants trying to disassemble a hog as it swooshes past them on a chemically bathed, industrial conveyor. He can't comprehend butchering that isn't done by butchers. The ground meats that go into Steiner's prepared chili and sloppy joes, etc., surely are of top quality---not expiring crappy stuff. They'll even advise you that you can cook their hamburger meat medium rare. Meijer won't advise that....

              1. re: vtombrown

                And, about the Coney Sauce?

                1. re: goatgolfer

                  point taken. indeed, i've not tried their coney sauce (in spite of the thread title)---only their chili and sloppy joe sauce, of which both were easily edible. i just couldn't resist adding a comment about the shop mentioned. if i get there this weekend, i will get some coney sauce and report back.

                2. re: vtombrown

                  I'm on the road--on my way to Steiner's in about an hour. Thanks for the mention goatgolfer. And the amplification, vtom.

                  1. re: RedTop

                    Sorry RedTop. When I finally went to try the coney sauce first hand, it turned out to be a repackaged sauce from National Coney Island. Not homemade. Hope you didn't drive too far. Perhaps you found other things at Steiners to your liking. They have a LOT* of meat in the back, and will gladly custom cut/grind/etc. for you. *not exotic, just standard beef/pork/poultry. VTB

                    1. re: RedTop

                      Ok. vtb is sorry that the coney sauce wasn't an original by Steiners's Nor was it something else, chili, taco, nor ch>?/?) . We definitely got that. But, as to whether you got your recognizable coney sauce, how did it go? I'm not sure why vtb doesn't make another thread about the sauce thing,, but, I would like to hear about the coney sauce.

                3. I wanted to revive this thread to see if anyone has any more recent experiences on finding coney sauce in the area. Any chance anyone has found a source for coney sauce in the Ann Arbor area?

                  What about the Detroit area? I've seen other references online that Cattleman's in Eastern Market may carry some version of it.

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                  1. re: GreatLakesBetterFood

                    Are you looking for something other than National Coney Island sauce? That's pretty ubiquitous

                    1. re: coney with everything

                      If that's the best option that's available, then that's what I'm looking for. Does pretty ubiquitous mean that you can find it at most grocery stores in the area? I don't live in the Detroit metro area, so I might have to have someone make a store run for me and I'm trying to figure out where to send him.

                      1. re: GreatLakesBetterFood

                        I've found the National sauce at both Kroger and Holiday Market, so I assume it would be available at most of the others. This the same sauce that a lot of the local Coney Islands are buying.

                        1. re: Dblcorona

                          I'm quite certain Hiller's Markets has it as well.

                        2. re: GreatLakesBetterFood

                          I've seen it at Meijers, Hillers, Value Center and pretty sure Westborn...so I think most stores will stock it.