Flo’s Hot Dogs
Cape Neddick, Maine
Anyone who has driven down Route 1 in southern Maine has probably noticed the line out the door at Flo’s, a low-slung red hot-dog shack that Florence Stacy bought in 1959. Steamed dogs are the lure, of course, but half of their charm lies in the house relish—thick with onions, molasses, vinegar, tamarind, and a list of secret spices. One taste and you may never go back to mustard and ketchup again. Suggested Retail Price: $7.95 per bottle Where to Find It: Flo’s in Cape Neddick; many gourmet and specialty shops around New England; and online at: floshotdogs.com
If you think you can’t find finger-licking Southern-style barbecue sauce handcrafted in New England, DennyMike Sherman will prove you wrong. After learning the tricks of the trade from a Texan friend 40 years ago, he’s been making sauces and rubs for the baked beans-and-chowder crowd ever since. Each bottle is handcrafted in Maine. Suggested Retail Price: $5.95 per 8-ounce bottle Where to Find It: Throughout New England at many Whole Foods; shops including Idylwilde Farm in Acton, MA; Rosemont Markets in Portland and Yarmouth, ME; and online at: dennymikes.com
CHARRED ONION KETCHUP
Northwoods Gourmet Girl
At the southern end of Moose-head Lake, Abby Freethy has been making pantry staples one jar at a time since 2005. Her charred-onion ketchup (just one of her 23 products) shines with the flavor of bright, fresh, sweet tomatoes; smoky onions; and a rich texture you won’t find on your average supermarket shelf. Suggested Retail Price: $7.50 per 14-ounce bottle Where to Find It: Specialty shops, including Breton’s in Greenville, ME; Leroux Kitchen in Portland, ME; Joppa Fine Foods in Newburyport, MA; and online at: northwoodsgourmetgirl.com
For four generations the Raye family has been making mustard according to the traditional stone-ground method, a process that preserves the natural flavors of the mustard seeds and spices in every jar. Today, with a whopping 25 flavors to choose from—including classic yellow “Down East Schooner”; grainy, Dijon-tangy “Old World Gourmet”; and “Winter Garden,” with a blend of celery, dill, and garlic—your burger never had it so good. Suggested Retail Price: $3.25 per 4-ounce bottle
Where to Find It: Specialty stores around New England, including Fairfield Cheese Company in Fairfield, CT; Belfast Coop in Belfast, ME; Cindy’s Fine Food Emporium in Westerly, RI; Boston Chowda Company in Haverhill, MA; most Whole Foods; and online at: rayesmustard.com
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