Coney dog sauce straight from the '60s Recipe Finder

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Harold Lauer from Spearfish, S.D., was looking for a recipe for the Coney dog sauce that was served at many A&W drive-ins in the 1960s.

John Van Meter from Baltimore’s Dickeyville neighborhood sent in a recipe for the sauce that was given to him by his late sister. He said the recipe is attributed to Hank’s A&W root beer stand in Wabash, Ind. He sent the recipe to me exactly as it read, but he thought it needed a little tweaking, which I did without much difficulty.

I tested his recipe on a day when my house was full of hungry football-watching boys, and it was a resounding success. I served the sauce over good-quality grilled hot dogs, and I put out bowls of grated cheese and diced onions for everyone to use as toppings. This made for great football food and would be ideal to take tailgating because the sauce can be made in advance and reheated or kept warm in a slow cooker. The recipe makes a large quantity of sauce, and if you run out of hot dogs, it makes for a very tasty, albeit beanless, bowl of chili.


Mary Kilby from Timonium, Md., would like to have the recipe for the banana cream pie that was served at the now-closed Toddle House restaurant chain in the 1950s.

Ellen Priebe from Baltimore is looking for the recipe for the chicken chow mein that was served at Jimmy Wu’s or the White Rice Inn in Baltimore.

Looking for a hard-to-find recipe or can answer a request? Write to Julie Rothman, Recipe Finder, The Baltimore Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, or email . Names must accompany recipes for them to be published.

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