The best condiments have a perfect balance of salty, sweet, and spicy flavors and short ingredient lists with few or no preservatives. Such high-quality mustards, relishes, and dressings are widely available, but sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between ho-hum products with low-quality ingredients and the perfectly balanced topper. Here are 11 easy-to-find replacements for the condiments you'll find in any fridge.
Peter Luger Steak House Old-Fashioned Sauce
There are plenty of replacements for A.1. Steak Sauce that do away with its acidic, corn-syrupy taste. The best are, of course, from steak houses themselves. One standout is Peter Luger's Old-Fashioned Sauce, made by the 125-year-old establishment many say is still New York's best steak restaurant. The sauce has a horseradishy spice and rich brown color, and it enhances rather than hides the flavor of steaks, chops, or chicken, but those who frequent Peter Luger's say it really excels on the big slabs of tomatoes served there. [$38 for six bottles; peterluger.com or premium markets]