One of America's favorite snack foods, the potato chip, will officially turn 158 years old this summer on August 24 -- the anniversary of the date when George Crum, the chef at a resort in Saratoga Springs, New York, became frustrated by a customer (reportedly millionaire Cornelius Vanderbilt) who kept sending back his french-fried potatoes for being "too soggy," so he cut up a spud into paper-thin slices, fried them until they were hard and crunchy, and sent them out to the table.
The customer loved them, and the "chips" became Crum's signature dish.
The Kansas City metro has been, for more than 72 years, the home of Guy's Snack Foods, a potato-chip manufacturer that dates back to 1938, when founder Guy Caldwell began selling peanuts that he roasted himself . He later added potato chips to his repertoire, and he reportedly invented the barbecue flavor chip. The company, formerly located in Liberty, Missouri, survived two high-profile bankruptcies and several lawsuits. It's now operated out of a facility in Overland Park.
Local restaurants, to name a few, serving house-made potato chips include Stroud's, J. Gilbert's Steakhouse and The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange, and O'Dowd's Little Dublin has its pub crisps. And where do you go, Fat City readers -- for potato chips?