Chip Trucks We Have Known





Almonte- Photo sent by Jayne Munro Ouimet and Rita Giles- Lanark County Genealogical Society

Why do we love buying food from food trucks and chip stands so much? The origins of the chip truck are a haze in the memories of nearly everyone I know. Most of them figure the truck was just always there – like a mushroom that sprouted overnight. Just the smell of salt, vinegar and oil can evoke vivid childhood memories. But, when the good ones disappeared so did their product, as their secrets were as closely guarded as the Colonel’s secret recipe of eleven different herbs and spices.



Carleton Place – Mike Muldowan-Photo —Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum




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Wes’ Chips (Arnprior, ON)


Wes’ Chips (Arnprior, ON)–Number 4 out of 10!

Wes’ Chips has been a tradition in the Ottawa Valley since 1960, when Wes and Monique Dodds bought an old Ford truck and began selling fries out of it on old Highway 17. As they experimented with different potatoes and oils over the years, the chip truck’s reputation for perfect fries grew. Today, the truck takes up permanent residence on Madawaska Boulevard.

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The Day Mike Muldowan’s House Burnt Down

In Memory of Mike Moldowan — The Man Behind the Fries

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — Or Mike Muldowan’s Fries

1963 Rule of Thumb for a Strong Physique — Straight Outta Carleton Place High School

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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  1. Mike’s Chips were a tradition when I moved here. When I lived in the Glebe, I always made sure to hit the sausage wagon in front of the Bank of Nova Scotia at 4th and Bank.always seems to taste better in the open air!


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