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Hot Dogs, Chili Dogs, Coneys, Texas Hots

This is one of the hottest topics on my site, particularly the chili sauces. Once people find a coney or Texas hot or chili dog sauce that they like, they are fiercely loyal to it and pine for it if they can't get it anymore.

Many chili sauces for hot dogs started out as what is called a "Greek" style sauce. A lot of the original purveyors of hot dogs with chili were of Greek origin, and they developed the original special chili sauces from Greek & Macedonian sauces used for pasta(Saltsa Kema). The problem for you and me is that Coney Island sauces are usually "secret recipes". You just can't find the recipes. The owners of such places jealously guard their recipes. The recipe is often handed down within families or is sometimes sold. The owners quite often make the sauce themselves in big batches, and they won't even tell their employees the recipe. Sometimes the recipe dies with the owner.

As for "copycat recipes", chili sauces for hot dogs usually contain multiple spices, and that makes it difficult to create a copycat recipe for them. Here are the ones that I have found:

No Luck:

  • Andy & Greg's - Charlotte, NC
  • Ann's Dari Creme - Glen Burnie Maryland
  • The Beacon Drive-In - Spartanburg, SC
  • Charlie's Pool Hall/Mama Velecz' Hungarian Onion Sauce - Alpha, NJ
  • Coney Island Lunch - Cleveland, OH and Columbus, OH
  • Dean's Tavern - St. Paul/Maplewood, Minnesota
  • Fifth Street Coney island, Lafayette, IN
  • The Fireplace Restaurant Texas Franks Sauce- Paramus, NJ
  • Fort Wayne's Famous Coney Island - Fort Wayne, IN
  • Frank's Coney Island - Columbus, Ohio
  • Fresno Coney Island - Fresno, CA
  • Genie's Weenies - Hamtrack, MI
  • George's Coney Island - Columbus, Ohio
  • George's King of Hot Dogs - Fall River, MA
  • Gus's Hot Dogs - Troy, NY
  • Hubba's or Pat's Hubba Hubba - Port Chester, NY
  • Ideal Coney Island - Columbus, Ohio
  • Ja Fa Fa Hots - Cheektowaga, NY
  • Jerry's Famous Frankfurters - Elizabeth, NJ
  • Jim & Tony's Drive In - Kingston, NY
  • Johnny's Lunch - Lakewood, NY
  • Libby's Lunch - Paterson, NJ
  • Louie's Texas Hots - Buffalo, NY
  • Lum's Hot Dog Chili
  • Mama Vicki's - Port Huron, MI
  • New York Hot Dog Sauces from Troy & Watervliet, NY
  • Nu-Way Weiners - Macon, GA
  • Oyeron Coffee Shop - Oneanta, NY
  • Pappy's Diner "All the Way Sauce" - Totowa, NJ
  • Pete's Drive-In - Greenville, SC
  • Puritan Coney Island - Lafayette, IN
  • Remo's Hot Dogs - Gallipolis, Ohio
  • Skins Hotdogs - Anderson, SC
  • Tony's Texas Hots - Johnson City, NY
  • Walker's Point Coney Island - Milwaukee, WI
  • Wiener King - South Dakota
  • Wiener Works Cheese Dogs - Fayetteville, NC
  • Westland, MI Coney Island Chili
  • Worthmore Hot Dog Sauce
  • Zack's - Hudson Falls, NY
  • Zorba's Texas Hots - Depew, NY

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