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Chip Butties, Anyone?

A new British spot called Limey's Pub has opened in Framingham, and they are serving chip butties, which are basically French fry sandwiches. Anyone try the place yet? I'm always up for disgustingly unhealthy dishes, so I may have to head out there one of these days.

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  1. They shouldn't be french fry sandwiches exactly. Something more like a real chip butty would use a thicker cut fried potato, for example what seem to be called steak fries over here.

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    1. re: chickendhansak

      I'm not sure what type of fries they use for it. I've heard of them being done using both types. For what it's worth, this Virgin Media page shows it as using regular fries.


      1. re: hiddenboston

        At home, anything goes. At a place with any sense of tradition, no "regular fries" but rather hand-cut or at least thick-cut frozen ones.

    2. If they use handcut fries and are willing to toss a couple eggs into the deep fryer and serve it with a side of Campbell's baked beans, I'm so there. ;-)

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      1. re: LStaff

        They do use handcut fries. Not sure about the eggs and beans. :-b

        1. re: LStaff

          Heinz vegetarian baked beans. Baked Beans on toast, man. yeah.

          1. Oh man...I've had chip butties in the UK and in NYC (Chip Shop and A Salt and Battery). Yum. In the same vein, a lot of gyros we had in Greece had fries stuffed into them. The veggie gyros always had fries subbed in for the lack of protein. Double yum.

            1. The bygone and not-much-lamented The Battery in Brighton did chip butties with a decent roll and their not-very-good chips, which were round, thin, and fried in oil that wasn't quite hot enough, or in oversized batches, resulting in a limp, greasy chip.

              I know some people thought those chips were authentic, but they didn't impress my buddy from Loughrea, and he never has a bad word to say about any kind of food, especially when someone else is paying.

              In any event, fried potatoes aren't my favorite thing to eat between bread. Were I to eat a chip butty, I think I would prefer the fried potatoes crisp on the outside. What else goes on the roll, like ketchup or aioli, would probably be pretty important, too.


              1. I'm not a chip butty fan, but if they do a bacon butty (one of my top three favorite sangwiches) I'd be there in a flash, despite the astoundingly lame name.

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                1. re: yumyum

                  Poutine butty.

                  You could flog that in the north of England -- chips and gravy is a staple.

                  1. re: chickendhansak

                    The punters would be all over the poutine butty, but I like mine with beans and HP sauce. ;-)

                    1. re: yumyum

                      You've taken me back to the child's nightmare of the sauces mixing on the plate. Beans and HP Sauce (or beans and gravy) kept strictly apart. Thankfully I only had a mild case of that.

                      1. re: chickendhansak

                        We are brothers from another mother as I couldn't stand the grilled tomato to touch the egg on a full English. I think we better get together! ;-)

                        1. re: yumyum

                          It's OK as long as the yolk is well done! It did take me some time to accept the runny yolk. As long as there's something to mop it up with.

                        2. re: chickendhansak

                          Funny, I was for strict sauce segregation as a little kid, too. I was also a plate-turner.


                          1. re: MC Slim JB

                            Funny, I STILL hate my food touching on my plate! ; ) Never have had a chip buttie, but have had TONS of french fries & gravy (especially after the bars close) growing up in Southie from the local chinese places.

                  2. If they make them with deli meats or kielbasa and cole slaw it would be in-line to become the home bar for Steeler fans (the fish version of this is excellent and common during lent). Done right there is nothing wrong with a chip butty, but there is definitely more interesting British snack food and I think a Permani's sandwich is better bar food. :-)

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                      1. re: hiddenboston

                        I am sure they could add a fried egg if that were a dietary necessity. :-) The one bummer is in Pittsburgh they seem to love seasoned fries which pop up in a lot of versions and I am not a huge fan, but much better tailgate food than mini banh mi sandwiches (sorry MC Slim JB). :-)

                        1. re: itaunas

                          I have to say, I was the only one who really enjoyed the sardine banh mi at my last tailgate. The beef on weck was a much bigger hit.


                      2. re: itaunas

                        Anyone know of place around here that makes primanti bros. type sandwich ?

                        I guess I will just add that to the long list of food truck concepts I would love but probably never see in this area.

                        1. re: LStaff

                          Trina's does fries and slaw on a burger...but that's about as close as you're gonna get.
                          Pretty easy to make at home, though.

                          1. re: LStaff

                            LStaff don't know of anything, but the South Coast has the Chourico and Chips sandwich another health food option for hiddenboston and I have had a fish sandwich with the cole slaw served with the sandwich (maybe the stockyard or something???) but its New England style slaw which is a bit different from Primanti's. (BTW, LStaff has the right spelling and I what I posted above is more like the phonetical spelling.)

                        2. How do I hide this post from my husband and son? Otherwise, we'll be eating there soon. I'll let you know how the chip butties are.