It’s chip truck time – the time of year when we crave the warm, brown-paper-wrapped-cardboard-boxes filled to the brim with steaming potato-ey goodness.
This year, we also have an excuse to indulge guilt-free – the Great Potato Abundance of 2020 means all hands (er, potatoes?) are on deck to help put a dent in the potato population. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.
Equally salty, sweet, crisp and chewy, the search for the perfect French fry is on. Make sure no potato gets left behind using this list of local chip trucks.
109772 Highway 7, Tweed
This can be your go-to for an outstanding order of fresh cut and deep fried potatoes. And naturally, and while a regular order of fries can hit the spot why not take it up a notch? Try this chip “bus” specialty: loaded fries served covered in cheese, bacon, green onions, and chopped tomatoes.
198 Madawaska Blvd., Arnprior
This chip stand is a community icon, and has been in business at the same location in Arnprior for 60 years, which is a testament to how good these fries are. When you make fries this good, you don’t need to make anything else – you won’t find anything else on the menu but fries, fries, and more fries. Tip: Don’t go for the small size, get as big as you think you can handle, then top it off with salt, ketchup, and vinegar, the works! These fries can handle it.
220 Hastings Street N., Bancroft
How about a side of fish with your fries? This fish and chip truck in Bancroft is elevating your average fry to the next level. Hand cut, crispy, these fries will definitely be a contender. You won’t need to worry about getting overloaded with potato angst – you can order their “Just a Few” size (10-12 fries) to make sure you get the right portion size.
198 Hastings St. N., Bancroft
These fries are dark, crispy, and just a little bit sweet – so basically they could be the perfect fry you’ve been looking for all your life. Known as one of the best poutines in the region, you won’t find anything to complain about with their diverse menu or the homemade extras that add that something special to your experience.
115 William St., Smiths Falls
This is not your average chip wagon. Located in the heart of the Rideau Canal you can pick up your fries and eat them in one of the most scenic waterfront settings around. Enjoy made from scratch, piping hot fries and try them with grated parmesan for a fun and flavourful twist. T’s Chips caters to those with allergies, and their fries are also gluten-free and nut free.
1168 Stanhope Airport Rd., Haliburton
A fry stand like one from the good old days, this chip stand is no muss, no fuss fry bliss. Dan-the-man will make sure your potato-eating challenge continues in Haliburton. Pick up some fries and head for the nearby Stanhope Municipal Airport and watch the air traffic while you eat. Remember to bring cash as Dan’s doesn’t have debit.
453 Ottawa St., Almonte
If you’ve travelled in England and loved their fish and chips wrapped in newspaper you’ll love finding a slice of the Brits in the small town of Almonte. The Cheeky Chippy serves up fresh cod in a crispy beer batter, and is a must-try for anyone looking for a global fish and chips adventure. Their hand cut chips are a must try, and you can add a battered dill pickle for only a dollar.