Mysteries of Night Hawk

The package says: “Charbroiling… it’s what has made the Night Hawk Flavor Unique for over 35 years!” But that’s no mystery and it’s not the solution to any mystery.

The mystery is why the “steak sauce packet” is included in most items. I’ve never consumed one; I’ve never seen one consumed; I’ve never met anybody who will admit to having seen one eaten, let alone admit to having personally downed one.

Night Hawk Frozen Foods is closely held and is the fourth-largest employer in Buda, just down the road. How far from Austin these staples of the traditional local diet are marketed can only be guessed. San Antonio? Killeen? In the absence of an official site, at least there’s an on-line tribute to the wonders of Night Hawk.

Judging by what goes first from the shelves at H-E-B, it’s the Steak ‘n Taters that are most popular, followed closely by Steak ‘n Mac and Steak ‘n Corn.

If you’ve ever eaten the contents of the steak sauce packet (or observed someone doing so), let us know! In the meantime, here’s Night Hawk mystery number two: just exactly when does a seeker of potato rounds accompanied by grill-marked, charbroiled chopped beef have to get to the H-E-B to be there after the frozen case is stocked and before the shelves are swept clean?

3 Comments so far

  1. Rob Booth (unregistered) on July 10th, 2005 @ 12:06 pm

    I just ate a sauce packet on the steak. It’s some kind of flavored butter. Mmmm. Butter on steak. Oh-oh-oh-oh.

  2. myka (unregistered) on December 14th, 2005 @ 7:15 pm

    oh my gosh i ate the steak sauce packets, they are good! STEAK AND MAC FOR LIFE

  3. Rantor (unregistered) on December 15th, 2005 @ 3:48 pm

    There’ve been saucy changes in the Steak & Tate (Chopped Steak ‘n Taters) recently, and not noted on the outside box. Whereas the sauce used to be in that packet and could be set aside, now, as the clear covering of the tray tells the consumer, the sauce is applied directly to the meat. I had to change to balls and pucks (otherwise known as Charbroiled Bites ‘n Taters), which don’t have sauce at all: six balls of steak plus a generous number of tater discs, which don’t hold together as well as the tater balls in Steak & Take, and the ratio is less meat and more taters. Not that the sauce is bad, mind you.

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