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Monday, August 10, 2009

Snacktion: Bacon Potato Chips from the Streets of the Mission

Posted By on Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 12:13 PM

J. Birdsall
Surprisingly delicate, with a subtle taste of bacon.

Name: Real Bacon Handmade Potato Chips

Brand: Who's Your Daddy

Origin: San Francisco

Found at: Um -- weekends, somewhere on the streets of the Mission.

Cost: $3 for a bag that weighed in at just over 2 ounces on our kitchen scale. Bill told us he doesn't weigh the chips, just packs them into the bags.

Ingredients: Not listed. We're guesing russets, bacon, salt, and oil.

J. Birdsall
Back story: Earlier this summer, street-food vendor Bill (last name withheld for obvious reasons) had an epiphany: Slice spuds, and fry them in oil bobbing with bacon slices. WYD bacon potato chips made their first appearance in Dolores Park on July 3rd. Bill told us he was overwhelmed by the response.

Tasting notes: Extraordinarily delicate -- the chips are thin as a Fast Pass, which allows them to go deliciously brown during frying. Definitely not greasy (well, not excessively so), with moderate salt and a thoroughly subtle hog smokiness. Each bag contains both a big hunk and tiny, frizzled pieces of bacon. but despite the double-pork goodness, the taste is subtler than a lot of chocolaty bacon sweets we've choked down (only to revisit as bacon burps).

Buy 'em again?: First chance we get.

Extra credit: Part of the new wave of underground Mission street vendors, Who's Your Daddy is cagey about broadcasting its whereabouts. Follow WYD's Twitter updates to find out where you can score. Bill told us his Web site should go live any minute now -- we'll update to let you know when.

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