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Housemade ketchup?

I'm on a bit of a ketchup kick.

May all time favorite is Heinz.

In my opinion, Heinz simply is ketchup perfected. And then some.

But then I've been sort of challenged to find a housemade ketchup that is better (to me, anyway) than the classic Heinz iteration.

So, 'Hounds, what say you?

What places make really great in-house ketchup? Good enough to give Heinz a run for its money?

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  1. I enjoyed Chef Laurent Quenioux's housemade "green" ketchup at Bistro LQ, served with the amazing cheese tray.

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    Bistro LQ
    8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

    1. Umami Burger.

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      Umami Burger
      850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

      Umami Burger
      4655 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

      1. Oinkster

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        Oinkster
        2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

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        1. re: Obessed

          definitely Oinkster.

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          Oinkster
          2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

        2. I'm with you on Heinz. I don't know if it's just because that's what I grew up or if it really is the best, but I really don't care.

          Haven Gastropub in Orange has pretty good housemade ketchup.

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          Haven Gastropub
          190 S Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

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          1. re: OCSteve

            Same here. Heinz or Del Monte are what I expect it to taste like and places that make their own just don't do it for me. I'd love to be proven wrong somewhere, just hasn't happened yet.

          2. Generally I'm with you... I don't like most housemade ketchups including Umami... their flavor profiles are always off. But the one that is closest to Heinz, but still gives off a good flavor is at Chili Addiction on La Cienega... I'd even take theirs over heinz...

            --Dommy!

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            Chili Addiction
            408 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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            1. re: Dommy

              Umami was the first name I thought of, too. But, I'm not a fan, you're right Dommy, the flavor profile is off.