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utz potato chips?

patz Sep 16, 2008 03:32 PM

I hope all the native LAers can help me with this - my SO and I were watching Mad Men and they were filming an ad for Utz potato chips. He said something about Utz and I asked "is that a real brand?" He couldn't believe that I've never heard of them. My first defense was that I've never been a fan of potato chips. My second was that these aren't sold or easily found in LA, where I'm from (he's from DC). we thought the best option was to turn to the CH experts. Are Utz sold in LA? Is this a recent phenomenon? Or did I spend the majority of my life being chip-ignorant?

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    LisaN RE: patz Sep 16, 2008 04:06 PM

    I've seen a couple of flavors, once at a SuperWalmart in Canyon Country but this was a while ago

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      LisaN RE: LisaN Sep 16, 2008 07:43 PM

      Now that I think of it. Sometimes Sam's Club has them. Usually a bag of chips with different potatoes, red, blue etc. Utz organic pretzels, Utz pub mix and Utz Cheese balls!

    2. ipsedixit RE: patz Sep 16, 2008 04:13 PM

      Utz are an East Coast potato chip, never seen them on west of the Mississippi.

      If you really want to try some, order online directly from the company http://www.utzsnacks.com/ , or try Amazon.

      I got sort of addicted to them when I spent a few days in Columbia, SC. I'm partial to the Grandma Utz variety, basically because it's thicker and its fried in ... lard!

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        OCAnn RE: ipsedixit Sep 17, 2008 08:26 AM

        Lard sounds tempting...turns out if I buy the 6 assorted bags, it'll cost $33 (w/shipping). I'm tempted....

      2. MaxCaviar RE: patz Sep 16, 2008 04:16 PM

        They are sold in Orange County. I think they made a big push westward recently. I wish they brought Drakes Cakes with them. I am not a HUGE potato chip guy but their salt and vinegar chips are superb. I grew up with them in PA and was happy to see them follow me to CA.

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          ReelMike84 RE: MaxCaviar Sep 16, 2008 05:50 PM

          I may be mistaken, but doesn't South Street sell Drake's?


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            MaxCaviar RE: ReelMike84 Sep 17, 2008 09:18 AM

            I've never heard of this place. How are the cheesesteaks?

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              Arthur RE: MaxCaviar Sep 17, 2008 06:38 PM

              The cheesesteaks at South Street are passable, but no better than that.

              And South Street sells Tastee Cakes (sp?), not Drakes. And no, they are not the same.

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                MaxCaviar RE: Arthur Sep 19, 2008 11:46 AM

                They sure ain't the same.

                Do you know of any good cheesesteaks in OC other than Philly's Best?

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                  Wonginator RE: MaxCaviar Sep 19, 2008 02:54 PM

                  Frank's Philadelphia in Costa Mesa

                  John's Philly Grille in a few locations, notably 2 in Huntington Beach.

                  Philly's Famous in Tustin.

                  Frank's Philadelphia
                  2244 Fairview Rd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

                  John's Philly Grille
                  16061 Goldenwest St, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

                  Philly's Famous Cheese Steaks
                  648 E 1st St, Tustin, CA 92780

                  John's Philly Grille
                  20379 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

                  1. re: Wonginator
                    MaxCaviar RE: Wonginator Sep 19, 2008 03:29 PM

                    Frank's Phila. and Philly's Famous I've been too and like. I will have to give the other 2 a shot. I never get sick of cheesesteaks. Thanks!

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                Das Ubergeek RE: MaxCaviar Sep 19, 2008 09:36 PM

                So good you'll be sharing with the porcelain god later.

                Seriously, this place is a must-miss. Go to Philly West on Olive St. in Burbank instead. And THEY have (had?) Utz potato chips and Tastykake products.

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                  ReelMike84 RE: Das Ubergeek Sep 21, 2008 06:37 PM

                  Do you mean Philly's "Best"?

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                    Das Ubergeek RE: ReelMike84 Sep 21, 2008 10:31 PM

                    Is that the name of it? Probably. It's on Olive across from the Tallyrand.

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