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Potato Chips

blueparty Apr 26, 2012 10:45 AM

Who makes the best potato chips, local or otherwise?

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    SmartCookie RE: blueparty Apr 26, 2012 11:04 AM

    Are you talking about freshly made chips in a restaurant, or bagged chips? If bagged, we can only talk about local producers on this forum.

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      blueparty RE: SmartCookie Apr 26, 2012 11:11 AM

      Ideally local, bagged. But I'd like to know about top notch restaurant chips too.

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      mull0263 RE: blueparty Apr 26, 2012 12:31 PM

      The salt and black pepper chips at Cheeky Monkey are great - sliced uber thin and greasy, though I don't think they sell them in larger bags.

      1. mitch cumstein RE: blueparty Apr 26, 2012 03:03 PM

        bagged form zapps cajun crawtater flavor from new orleans, the salt and vinegar from busters are pretty solid, but I always ask for more vinegar...

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          gromit RE: mitch cumstein Apr 27, 2012 06:03 AM

          Second on the chips at Busters.

          I also have to throw in a mention of the "gringo gringo nachos" at 3 tiers. I have no idea whether they make the actual chips, but this plate is a hot mess of kettle chips, barbecue sauce, bacon, peppers, and I can't remember what else. Awesome in just the right ridiculous sort of way.

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          becjust RE: blueparty Apr 27, 2012 04:08 AM

          Herbs, Ketchup chips from Menards. I'm pretty sure these were just a one time promo buy for them, not at all locations. Had a few packs left @ Coon Rapids yesterday. Theses might be an acquired taste but i loved the Old Dutch Ketchup chips from my Winterpeg days, and these are pretty darn good.

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            BigE RE: blueparty Apr 27, 2012 07:21 AM

            Third on the chips from Busters. You get a monster basket and they are fried to order, served with a great onion dip. Stomach is grumbling just thinking about them.

            From the store, I really like Cape Cod kettle chips. Give those a shot if you can find them (I normally get them at Kowalski's).

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              WeZeL27 RE: blueparty Apr 27, 2012 08:06 AM

              I'm addicted to the Kettle Brand sea salt chips that Costco sells (also avail at Byerlys/Lunds and some reg. grocery stores). Huge bag and super tasty, maybe a bit on the greasy for some people, but I love them as they go great with my homemade sour cream/chive dip. It doesn't look like they are local (based in Oregon), but they do have a factory in Beloit, WI.

              One place I found to have (surprisingly) good potato chips is Parma. They are thin cut, freshly fried and covered in some sort of garlic-y salt and they toss some parmesan (I think) cheese and herbs on them.

              1. buenosds RE: blueparty Apr 27, 2012 08:58 AM

                i can only eat 10 bags of Dirty Sweet potato chips, they are that good!

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                  blueparty RE: buenosds Apr 27, 2012 11:03 AM

                  Man, thanks everybody. Going to Cheeky Monkey and Buster's tonight for dinners. I'll have to mail order some of these other ones. Menard's is a surprise outlet.

                2. johnnybgargoyle RE: blueparty Apr 27, 2012 11:21 AM

                  Bagged: Old Dutch, Dutch Crunch Jalepeno Cheddar flavor--utterly addictive.

                  1. johnnybgargoyle RE: blueparty Apr 27, 2012 11:24 AM

                    Poore Bros. makes some dynamite kettle chips as well, but I think you have to mail order them for the Twin Cities.


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                      SmartCookie RE: johnnybgargoyle Apr 27, 2012 12:16 PM

                      Pat's Tap on Nicollet has handmade chips - very good.

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                        mull0263 RE: johnnybgargoyle Apr 27, 2012 01:28 PM

                        Agreed on Poore Bros. - got hooked on those visiting friends in AZ. I believe Boulder Canyon chips are made by the same company and you can find those in many stores around the Cities.

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                        stepawayfromthetable RE: blueparty May 10, 2012 08:25 PM

                        Merlin's Rest has some homemade chips too! I'm from the west coast so I love getting pickle chips here!

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                          getgot211 RE: blueparty May 12, 2012 06:36 PM

                          if you like heat, the apple farm/candy store on 169 in Jordan has Blair's Habanero chips.

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                            blueparty RE: getgot211 May 12, 2012 07:08 PM

                            That store is awesome. What a great excuse to go back. Tried Cheeky Monkey- addicting and simple. Merlin's Rest is always bomb- best bar in town. Buster's is on my list. I'm going to mail order some of these other ones. Thanks everybody.

                          2. johnnybgargoyle RE: blueparty Jun 11, 2012 12:18 PM

                            As a FYI, the Menards in Golden Valley had Poore's Bros. chips in this past Sunday. "Family" sized bags for $3.99. They had the Jalapeno, BBQ, Salt and Vinegar, and one other I can't remember, might have just been "regular" as if it had been one of the more "different" flavors like the Mole, I would have remembered.

                            1. The Dairy Queen RE: blueparty Jun 11, 2012 12:56 PM

                              I like the Chocolate Covered ones from Regina's Fine Candies in St. Paul. I"m sure that's not what you had in mind, but they are really delicious!


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