Burgers, Fish & Mac: Potato Chip-Topped Meals in the D

By: Amber Ogden | March 13, 2015
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While everyone is eagerly anticipating St. Patty’s Day next Tuesday, did you know there’s a holiday between now and then that you may not even be aware of? Tomorrow is National Potato Chip day!

Seeing as how the city of Detroit ranks first in the nation in potato chip consumption per capita, I think it’s safe to say that most of the city’s residents should be looking forward to this holiday.

There is no shortage of potato chips or local brands in the D, from Better Made to Uncle Ray’s. Who would’ve ever thought, everyone’s favorite snack food was the result of a silly prank? (More on that here).

If you can’t get enough of these salty, crunchy snacks, here’s where you can celebrate National Potato Chip Day in the D appropriately:

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Wright & Company, 1500 Woodward Ave., Detroit, features a menu full of modern small plates, and the snacks include Fresh Potato Chips made in house. They’re served topped with white Cheddar cheese, bacon and scallions.

There are obviously other snacks and plates on the menu, but it’s not National Charcuterie and Cheese Platter Day, now is it?

The Metropolitan Café, 52969 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Charter Twp., opens at 11 a.m. for lunch every day of the week (except for Sundays, when its closed). Whether you’re there for lunch or dinner, go this Saturday! That way, you can try out the homemade Kettle Chips.

These crispy, fried chips are sprinkled with rosemary salt and served with a bleu cheese dipping sauce. Lay’s® will never be the same.

The Lodge Diner at MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit, offers more than just homemade chip appetizers. Now that I’ve got you and your appetite intrigued, we’re moving onto the main courses! The Lodge Diner is open 24 hours a day, so you can get your potato chip-food fix no matter the day or time.

Here, it’s in the form of a burger—the Ultimate Burger, to be exact. Eight ounces of beef, tomatoes, lettuce, pickle chips, bacon, bistro sauce and your choice of cheese are all piled up high on a homemade potato chip sourdough bun. Going to the casino never sounded so enticing!

Hamlin Corner, 386 N. Main St., Royal Oak, is approaching its two-year anniversary, and with an item this mouthwatering on its menu, there’s no question that the establishment will be sticking around for the long haul.

The restaurant’s Buffalo Mac N’ Cheese includes aged Cheddar cream sauce and a Better Made BBQ chip crust. If you’re there on Saturday to celebrate National Potato Chip Day, you’ll also get to enjoy live music. Don’t forget to order one of 50 draft beers on tap, too!

Lazybones Smokehouse, 27475 Groesbeck Hwy., Roseville, was responsible for the maple bacon paczki a few weeks ago, so certainly they have something to celebrate National Potato Chip Day as well. But better yet, this item can be found on the menu year-round!

Forgo the pile of barbecue this time, because today you’re going to want to order the “Better Made.” This grilled brisket burger is topped with pulled pork, Cheddar cheese and Better Made potato chips. It’s the best of barbecue, burgers and side dishes all in one bun.

Griffin Claw Brewing Company, 575 S. Eton St., Birmingham, is obviously known for its beer, but during lent season, you’re especially going to want to find your way here. Michigan Lake Perch breaded with Better Made potato chips makes for the best fish fry around.

It also helps, of course, when you wash your meal down with a Platinum Blonde Lager or Norm’s Raggedy Ass IPA. Beer can only improve National Chip Day, after all.

If you’re still in the mood for potato chips, keep your eyes peeled for Chocolate Covered Potato Chip to be added back into the rotation of ice creams at Treat Dreams, 22965 Woodward Ave., Ferndale.

Whether you celebrate National Potato Chip Day with an appetizer of homemade crispy, salty snacks or go all-out with an entrée, enjoy!