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Excellent tortilla chips from an unexpected source

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Jenny Ondioline Mar 13, 2014 09:28 PM

I don't know if this is something they're doing at all Star Markets, but the store in Packards Corner has recently begun selling house-made tortilla chips in their produce department. (And yes, they're definitely house-made: I've seen the clerks in the hot deli department standing over the deep fryer with batches of hot chips cooling on a rack next to them.)

I picked up a bag to go with some homemade guacamole tonight, and am pleasantly surprised to say these are the best tortilla chips I've had in years: substantial but not heavy, with a perfect level of crispness and, crucially, a lot of corn taste. A light hand on the salt, as there should be. Frankly, they were good enough that we kept eating the chips after the guacamole was gone.

I'm thinking next stop is a plate of nachos, but frankly, these would do nicely in any application that I normally fry my own tortilla chips for, like tortilla soup or migas.

I noticed that I was not the only person carrying a bag through the store as I shopped. Give them a shot next time you're in a Star Market.

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    bear RE: Jenny Ondioline Mar 14, 2014 03:38 AM

    Well, now, that is an unexpected source. I guess my cheater chilaquiles just got a little easier, and we'll have migas a little more often for weekend breakfast.

    I've enjoyed the La Nina chips from Whole Foods lately (and their excellent tortillas from Dave's Fresh Pasta when they can keep them in stock), but freshly fried corn is a thing of beauty. Thanks for the heads-up, Jenny!

    1. Boston_Otter RE: Jenny Ondioline Mar 14, 2014 06:19 AM

      Star Market has some surprising things in their deli/produce area; ever since my neighborhood Shaws became a Star, they started carrying the house-made guacamole, pastries, and a bunch of other items... I'll have to look for the tortilla chips.

      My personal guilty pleasure is their house-made salt & pepper chicken wings. They can be sort of dry and nasty if they've been sitting on the hot bar too long, but if they're reasonably fresh, they're pretty terrific for grocery store chicken wings.

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        andieb RE: Jenny Ondioline Mar 14, 2014 06:21 AM

        This sounds great. They are upping their game..

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          hyde RE: andieb Mar 14, 2014 01:10 PM

          have to admit, im a sucker for the fried chicken if i see them putting it out fresh, and last week it was 4 bucks a pound.

          Work dinner for two nights, solved.

        2. BobB RE: Jenny Ondioline Mar 18, 2014 08:55 AM

          Good to know - thanks for the tip!

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            LilBrownBat RE: Jenny Ondioline Mar 18, 2014 09:40 AM

            Thanks for the heads up -- I love me some fresh made tortilla chips!!!

            1. drewinmrblhd RE: Jenny Ondioline Mar 21, 2014 06:47 PM

              Just picked up a few bags at the Marshfield location and also some of the in-house made guacamole, both were awesome. I thought the in-house chips from Whole Foods were good but Stars are much more on the traditional side. Whole Foods seemed more like salted and fried pita. The Star/Shaws chain needs to reinvent themselves as they seem to be closing stores in the burbs. I will be back for more!

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                kimfair1 RE: Jenny Ondioline Mar 30, 2014 08:27 PM

                We generally shop at the Brighton Stop & Shop, but have to make runs to Shaw's/Star when we need certain items that S&S doesn't carry anymore. On our last trip we tried the tortilla chips, and they are as excellent as advertised! Much nicer than any commercial tortilla chip I've had.

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