Route 11 Potato Chips — Addicting!
When one of my former magazine editors told me I had to try Route 11 Potato Chips, my ears and appetite perked up.
And when he told me that none other than celebrated Chef Jose Andres was a big fan (he even calls for them specifically in his recipe for a Spanish tortilla), well, how could I not order some?
Now, I don’t normally buy or even keep potato chips in my house. Yes, they are too much temptation to have on hand. So the thought of actually mail-ordering potato chips from Mount Jackson, VA was rather mind-boggling.
But I took the plunge with these, ordering a 1.5-tin of the Lightly Salted variety of chips — and yes, paying for it myself at $23.
When they arrived, I opened the tin, and pulled out a chip to try. Then, I immediately emailed my editor, haranguing him — because I couldn’t stop eating them.
Yes, they are that good.
Edward Cohen started the chip factory in 1992, growing it by word of mouth. Now, it’s won accolades nationwide. The factory even offers tours to the public, where you can watch the chips kettle-cooked.
What makes these thin, delicate, super crisp chips so incredible? The fact that the potato flavor really comes through so strongly. Indeed, the only ingredients in the Lightly Salted variety are potatoes, sunflower oil and salt. You know the flavor you get from a great, thick fried potato plank at a fine restaurant? That’s what these chips possess.
Route 11 also makes chips in other flavors such as Dill Pickle, Sour Cream & Chive, and Salt N Vinegar. But you can’t go wrong with the simple Lightly Salted.
Just don’t blame me if you can’t eat just one.