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Housemade ketchup?

ipsedixit Feb 14, 2011 07:41 PM

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?

  1. aching Feb 17, 2011 11:51 AM

    Have you tried the ketchup at Hole in the Wall Burger Joint? I remember they had some funny signage up basically saying that their housemade ketchup was made with love and the Heinz ketchup next to it was definitely not made with love - but to be honest, it's been so long I can't really remember what it tasted like!

    Hole in the Wall Burger Joint
    11058 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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    1. re: aching
      yinyangdi Feb 17, 2011 06:44 PM

      It as been a couple of months since I last ate at Hole in the Wall Burger Joint but remember the house made ketchup, at first taste, as having funky undertones, and thinking it quite tasty by the end of my fries.

      1. re: yinyangdi
        Dommy Feb 18, 2011 10:19 AM

        Yeah... funky would explain it... I liked the Heinz better... It's funny that they offer both, I think the story is that the owner is in love with Heinz as well...LOL!!


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      TracyS Feb 17, 2011 10:27 AM

      8 oz makes an interesting purple ketchup that's served with their mini kobe corndogs.

      1. deet13 Feb 15, 2011 03:46 PM

        Jufran Banana Ketchup.

        I got hooked on the horrible stuff the first time I went to Luzon, and have been ordering it on Amazon ever since.

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        1. re: deet13
          maxcatsilver Feb 15, 2011 04:13 PM

          There are far better bottled ketchups on the market than Heinz, in all its mainstream corn syrupy glory.

          Try this instead:


          Both spiced and regular are far superior IMHO.

          1. re: maxcatsilver
            Jeryy Feb 15, 2011 04:21 PM

            The Curious Palate on Venice Blvd in Mar Vista makes a really good, nicely complex ketchup. But, the thing about Heinz is, its value is not measured by objective criteria: it's more familiar than mother's milk - it defines the word for me. It's really Proustian in its appeal - a plate of french fries, good or bad, wouldn't make my heart sing without Heinz ketchup.

            The Curious Palate
            12034 Venice Boulevard, Mar Vista, CA

        2. goodhealthgourmet Feb 15, 2011 03:23 PM

          [gasp!] ipse, ketchup? are you feeling okay? i'm worried about you as i sit here dipping carrots in mustard...

          1. yinyangdi Feb 15, 2011 12:47 PM

            I really like the housemade ketchup at Salt's Cure.

            Salt's Cure
            7494 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

            1. WildSwede Feb 15, 2011 12:04 PM

              The house-made curry ketchup at Dog Haus in Pasadena is really, really good.

              Dog Haus
              105 N Hill Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106

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                darrelll Feb 15, 2011 11:48 AM

                I take Heinz and add Tabasco or Frank's Red Hot sauce to the ketchup and I prefer it to the standard Heinz. We used to prefer Heinz over Del Monte because Heinz was thicker consistency and more flavor. To make my own housemade ketchup is a snap. I use tomato paste, dilute with water to desired consistency, a dash of sugar if the paste is sour and add some fresh herbs on hand either basil or thyme, some black pepper and some hot sauce and it kicks 57 no problem.

                1. Dommy Feb 15, 2011 10:18 AM

                  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...


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

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                  1. re: Dommy
                    reality check Feb 15, 2011 11:19 AM

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

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                    OCSteve Feb 15, 2011 10:01 AM

                    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.

                    Haven Gastropub
                    190 S Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

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                    1. re: OCSteve
                      rednyellow Feb 15, 2011 03:11 PM

                      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.

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                      Obessed Feb 15, 2011 09:41 AM


                      2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

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                      1. re: Obessed
                        soniabegonia Feb 15, 2011 02:30 PM

                        definitely Oinkster.

                        2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                      2. wienermobile Feb 14, 2011 09:15 PM

                        Umami Burger.

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

                        Umami Burger
                        4655 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                        1. J.L. Feb 14, 2011 08:59 PM

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

                          Bistro LQ
                          8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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