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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

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    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.

              http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/04/ho...

              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
            Fairfield
            1539 Black Rock Tpke
            Fairfield, CT 06825

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

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            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.

              1. If you find the reciepe, please let me know. We have tried to replicate but t just was not the same. I heard on the radio there is a Cricket in Tucson, AZ, but the address that someone gave me looks like a house on Earth map. I tried calling but there was no answer. Probably closed due to the economy. The name is Marias Hot Dog, 5820 S Hillerman Dr., Tucson, AZ 85746. Tel: 520-294-2102. If I find out anything I will post the results. Cricket's long dogs with the works (hot relish, mustard and sauerkraut) were the best. Thanks

                1. There has to be someone out there that worked at the Cricket and knows the recipe. I have tried everything and it doesn't even compare to the sauce they used on their hot dogs. Does anyone know of another popular website to post this message?

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                  1. re: emilymary

                    Try here.

                    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid...

                    It appears one of the poster's Mother was one of the recipe makers?

                    Couldn't hurt to try.

                    1. re: emilymary

                      I just tried a sauce I found in the grocery store called Tallarico's and it is the closest I've come to satisfying my craving for the Cricket hot dog sauce. I was raised on Cricket hot dogs - my Grandfather, Dad and Uncle used to work at Avco. I moved away and everytime I visited the first stop was Cricket. I tried their Hoagie spread which they say is great for hot dogs. Just saw they have a chili sauce too sold at ShopRite. As we all know the sauce wasn't an actual chili but maybe this is the secret ingredient. Let me know what you think once you try it!

                      1. re: Lwestgate

                        I just know it was delicious on hot dogs. Is Tallarico's a sauce sold at Shop Rite? If so, I will look for it. I just found out the the owners last name was "Fogg" and the daughter Robin worked for them. My husband that grew up in Bpt. and was a Bpt. Police Captain remembered the name. Now at least I have something to go by. Thank you so much. I had a friend that worked at Avco. I live in Trumbull.

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                        Shop Rite
                        1990 W Main St, Stamford, CT 06902

                        1. re: emilymary

                          I was born and raised in Bridgeport but haven't lived there in 25 years. Never visited without going to Cricket until they closed. I have been searching for a comparable hot dog but no luck. I purchased Tallarico's sauce (hoagie spread for hot dogs) at Giant Supermarket and then went on line to see if it could actually be the sauce I've been looking for and found it available at Shop Rite online. I will order their chili sauce to see if it's closer than the hoagie spread.

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                          Shop Rite
                          1990 W Main St, Stamford, CT 06902

                    2. There is a Facebook site for Cricket's. Sauce recipe is in there!

                        1. re: JoCLy52

                          I went into Facebook but found nothing on the Cricket. I know it's a red relish but it was also spicy. I am still trying to find it. Thanks for all your help.

                        2. Emily, Try I remember the Cricket in Stratford, Ct in the Facebook search. If that doesn't work I'll post the recipe for you!

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                          1. re: JoCLy52

                            Chowhound was the only thing that came up.

                            1. re: JoCLy52

                              I found it when I clicked on one of the mom's on Chowhound. I sent them a few messages asking for the recipe so I hope they answer. She was actually related to the owners. Thank you soooooo much.

                              1. VICTORY! Please share so we can compare the recipe I found. Will do same..

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                                1. re: JoCLy52

                                  I cannot believe it!! You are great!! Thank you so much. I found it and got the recipe. Can't wait to make it.

                                2. Emilymary you got the recipe. Great. Would you care to share? I live in AZ and cant get to Salerno's Apizza. Thanks.

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                                  1. re: novdec

                                    Sure, no problem. I got this recipe from someone whose relative worked there. Here it is: Saute' 1.5 tblsp. garlic powder, 1.5 tblsp. crushed pepper and 2 medium onions chopped in 2 cups vegetable oil. When the onions are soft, add 3 cans tomato soup and 1-28oz can tomato puree. Stir and simmer 1.5 hours. Refrigerate overnight. I didn't make it yet but let me know if it's the same. Thanks.

                                    1. re: emilymary

                                      The recipe is for the Cricket in Stratford to go on hot dogs. It's not from Salerno's pizza.

                                      1. re: emilymary

                                        Did anybody actually make this yet?

                                        1. re: stormshadow

                                          Not yet but I will when I get the grill out. I'll let you know.

                                      2. re: emilymary

                                        I worked there for years and made that sauce by the gallons. There is no tomato soup or even cooking involved. I'll look for the recipe.

                                        1. re: Stefkoz

                                          Thank you so very much. Have really been missing the long dogs w/everything on them. It broke my heart to hear they were gone. I always made getting the long dogs the first thing I did when I went back to CT

                                          1. re: Stefkoz

                                            Thank you in advance! Still longing for the Cricket sauce after all these years

                                      3. Saute in 1 cup vegetable oil 1.5 tablespoons garlic powder, 1.5 tablespoons crushed red pepper and 2 medium onions chopped until the onions are soft, add the 3 cans tomato soup and 28 oz (large can) tomato puree, stir and simmer for 1.5 hours, refrigerate overnight.

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                                        1. re: JoCLy52

                                          Thanks for necromancing this thread. I drive by the old dirt plot all the time (being a Little League coach for 2 boys) and I tell them the Cricket story all the time.

                                          BTW, I never had the Cricket hot sauce...it this hot? 1.5TB crushed red pepper seems like it might be tame (for a hothead). I'll give this a whirl soon (and add more heat if needed).

                                        2. I worked at the Cricket from 1966-1972 (estimate). I never made the sauce, just worked everything from window to grill, BUT, I've seen others mention ingredients and ONE ingredient I NEVER saw was tomato soup. And I put away ALL incoming food deliveries. It DID NOT have tomato soup as an ingredient. That would kill the zesty/tangy taste.

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                                          1. re: fredoates

                                            I made the sauce and it tastes like tomato soup. There has to be a better recipe. This was the best sauce. Do you know anyone that made it? Was it homemade or did it come in a can? Thank you.

                                            1. re: novdec

                                              Their are so many people that claimed to work there but no one will post the recipe, so I gave up

                                          2. You will be very surprised to know the "sauce" is only 3 ingredients. Mayo, ketchup, and an insane amount of crushed red pepper flakes. I've had the unfortunate task of making this before but it was in large batches so I can't say normal proportions but I would do equal parts mayo and ketchup and as much pepper flakes as possible. Let it sit to really incorporate. And do not touch your face or skin!

                                            1. kings court milford has it

                                              1. King's Court in Devon purchased the recipe from the owners of the Cricket and serves it on their"King Dog"

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                                                1. re: MassiveMike

                                                  Confirmed today with my parents that the Cricket sauce lives on at Kings Court in Devon, CT! We had King Dogs (MROS for Cricket aficionados) and beer. Great service provided by Debbie. Try it yourself and spread the word!

                                                2. Old post & I've never been to Cricket, but Charlie's Hot Dogs in Troy, NY. makes an awesome hot dog sauce. Check their website. You can order online.