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Monday, June 14, 2010

Who's Your Daddy Bacon Potato Chips Have Vanished. Here's Why

Posted By on Mon, Jun 14, 2010 at 3:39 PM

click to enlarge Bill Horst's bacony chips were on the verge of breaking out bigtime. - JOHN BIRDSALL
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  • Bill Horst's bacony chips were on the verge of breaking out bigtime.
Wonder why you haven't seen Who's Your Daddy bacon potato chips at Pal's or Bi-Rite? Street-food vendor-turned entrepreneur Bill Horst told us that, after a back injury, his chip production has been "put on hold."

Horst started hawking his bacon chips in Dolores Park last July. Within six months, Horst had gone legit, morphing from a home-based business in S.F. to one doing production out of a licensed kitchen. Who's Your Daddy chips were a favorite at Mission sandwich shop Pal's Takeaway, they were a runaway hit with nationwide buyers at online food marketplace, and, in February of this year, Bi-Rite Market began stocking them. Who's Your Daddy was one of the first vendors in last summer's wave of new Mission food vendors to formalize.

Pal's owner Jeff Mason says it's been over a month since he got his last drop-off from Horst. "He'd bring in, like, 12 bags, and we'd probably go through them in a week," Mason said. "They were expensive, but people liked them." A banner on Horsts' Foodzie page indicates the chips are out of stock.

Horst declined to say when he thinks he might be able to restore production.

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