Stop into just about any Utah burger joint and you’ll find fry sauce. Part-ketchup, part-mayonnaise, this condiment is so beloved that many Utahns ask for a side of mayo when they travel out of state because they can’t eat their french fries without it.
Arctic Circle, a Salt Lake City-based burger chain, claims to have invented fry sauce in the 1950’s. The dipping sauce was a hit, and restaurants throughout Utah have put their own spin on it ever since. Arctic Circle’s recipe is “a lot more than just ketchup and mayo,” and is a closely guarded secret. The Training Table restaurant uses barbeque sauce in theirs and Crown Burger’s sauce more closely resembles Thousand Island dressing.
Even national chains such as Chik-Fil-A have accommodated local tastes by stocking commercially packaged fry sauce in some stores. However, don’t ask for fry sauce at McDonald’s or In-N-Out. They don’t have it.
Personally, I love fry sauce. I don’t care for ketchup and would rather eat my french fries plain if that’s my only option. I like the creamy, fatty yumminess of mayonnaise and the combination of the two are just right for me. Just thinking about all those calories makes me feel guilty, but if it’s about calories, you probably shouldn’t have ordered fries in the first place.
I do NOT make my own fry sauce when I visit a place that doesn’t have it and I don’t even ask outside of Utah. However, when I make french fries at home, I will usually stir some ketchup and mayo together.
I think I know what we’re having for dinner tonight.