In no particular order, here are our five favorites.
1. Tri-Sum Original Style Potato Chips
Leominster, Massachusetts, tri-sum.com
Tri-Sum offers only one chip flavor, but they do it right! Light and crispy, these actually taste like potatoes. Fun fact: The chips were first delivered by horse-drawn cart in 1908.
2. Zapp’s New Orleans Kettle Style Voodoo Potato Chips
Gramercy, Louisiana, zapps.com
For NOLA flair, it’s gotta be Zapp’s! This tangy, crunchy cult fave tastes like a Cajun take on barbecue.
3. Ballreich’s Marcelled Potato Chips
Tiffin, Ohio, ballreich.com
These ridged chips are named for the wavy Marcel hairstyle that was all the rage in the 1920s, when the company was founded. Put the grooves to good use by serving with dip.
4. Better Made Red Hot Barbeque Potato Chips
Beloved since the 1930s, Better Made chips use primarily Michigan taters and come in three barbecue flavors. We’re partial to the hot ones, which pack a punch.
5. Mrs. Fisher’s French Onion Potato Chips
Rockford, Illinois, mrsfisherschips.com
Formerly called “Mr. Fisher’s Potato Chips,” the name was changed when the Fishers split up during the Depression and the Mrs. took over. Our top pick has a bold caramelized-onion flavor—sour cream and onion for grown-ups.