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Jun 20, 2010 04:19 PM

Cricket in Stratford, Ct.

Can anyone help me find the receipe for Cricket's hot dog sauce? It closed and isn't there anymore (near the Stratford Airport). They had the best hot sauce that they put on their hot dogs and I want to make it at home. Anyone know?

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  1. Emilymary, I was on leave from the Air Force and went home to Bridgeport to visit family. Hit the local hot spots (The Greeks, Salerno's Apizza, The Windmill..etc) and was devastated to find Cricket's out of business! I am now retired and have tried to find thier receipe and technique on line but no luck. There has to be a former employee/manager out there! Please! For the sake of humanity..sanity..memory..good'ole days

    Salerno's Apizza
    1398 Barnum Ave, Stratford, CT 06614

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    1. re: JoCLy52

      And Salerno's is still going strong! Iv'e never been to the Windmill - is it worth checking out?

      1. re: RatherBeFishing

        I havent been there in awhile so it is up to you. "Back in the day" it was a decent place to go to grab a bite and a cold one. If you check it out let me know how it goes.. Thanks v/r John

      2. re: JoCLy52

        I believe it was a red relish. We asked around because everyone was talking about it, and a gentleman that used to deliver to the Cricket told us about the red relish. I don't know if they added any special ingredients to it though...We serve the relish at Bun N Burger in Stratford and it really is tasty!

      3. LOL - Memories of picking up dogs at The Cricket and driving over to the airport to watch the planes take off and land! Good Luck.

        1. R.I.P. for sure. Didn't they use the same hot sauce that Danny's still uses today?

          Also, The Windmill is what it is. A great, local "dive" tavern with a worn in feel and trusty menu of good, solid "pub" food. Only thing missing is Millers products. Otherwise it's as good as it's always been.

          BTW, they do up a traditional Oktoberfest menu this time of season. Well worth checking out for good German-style food and pitchers of Spaten OFest.

          [I grew up less than a block away from The Windmill, FWIW. Still visit with my father in law for grub and suds more than on occasion.]

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          1. re: LorenV

            LorenV, Come to think of it, I never associated Millers with the Windmill..being young at the time. I can recall some of the ads now. The Millers were on the corner next to Salerno's if I remember. Got any Danny's/Cricket's sauce ideas? I also think about Pleasure Beach and the Harbor Hut, brought many shiners,bunker and greasy burgers/fries to fuel my quest for the "Big One" off the pier and jettys.

            1. re: JoCLy52

              Yes, Millers was on the corner. Now the lot is just a plot of dirt. Sad.

              BTW, Danny's uses Kuhn's famous CT chili.


              1. re: LorenV

                Thanks! Now to see how to get Kuhn's shipped to Bossier City, La to share the wealth. Too bad about Millers..

          2. I'd love to know this as well. I know it was definitely a sauce and not a chili, as they also had two types of chili; w/ beans and w/out beans.

            The Windmill definitely "is what it is". Now is certainly a good time to check it out, if the Oktoberfest food situation is still going on. I love it there, it's kinda stood still in time. Never, ever had a bad meal there either.

            You can find Kuhn's chili here, or at least I did a year or 2 ago. Was 8 bucks a quart. Freeze it in ice cube trays for nice individual servings to throw on a dog or your bacon, egg and cheese in the morning:

            Five O Food Stores
            (203) 330-8452
            1539 Black Rock Tpke
            Fairfield, CT 06825

            Sorry to thread jack; this seemed like information worth sharing.

            Five O Food Stores
            1539 Black Rock Tpke, Fairfield, CT 06825

            Black Rock Cafe'
            850 Franklin St Ste 5, Wrentham, MA 02093

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            1. Thanks to all of you that are trying to get this recipe. Please don't give up. Someone out there has to know what ingredients they used. Those good old days when Conte's was in Seaside Park.