Looking for something to do this weekend? Consider planning a visit to your local chip stand or make it a road trip and stop at some of the other top spots on our list! The outdoor setups already lend themselves to distancing so you can safely enjoy their endless menus of tasty treats.
These small, mom n’ pop stands and trailers serve up some of the best Canadian classics. Think poutine and freshly caught fish n’ chips as well as corn dogs (“POGO“) and burgers. Many even offer vegetrarian and vegan options. They are know to draw crowds from near and far and just may make you dream of cheese curds and gravy.
We have done the dirty work and interviewed patrons, talked to owners and straight up taste-tested fan-favourites throughout Northeastern Ontario. Check out our list below of the Top Chip Stands in the North. You’re going to want to pin, print and plan out visits to these locations this summer!
The Top Chip Stands in the North:
We start our tour in the small but mighty town of Sturgeon Falls Ontario. It may just be the stellar selection of chip stands that put this place on the map. If you’re driving anywhere near this area, be sure to stop in for some fresh cut fries and to fill up on well-priced fuel while you are at it. We spoke to Kate Lepage, owner (with husband Bruno) of RIV Chip Stand to learn more about what makes Sturgeon Falls such a sought-out “chip stand destination”.
“The fresh cut fries, that’s what makes people come here. We cut them to order. That’s what makes all Sturgeon Falls chip stands, stand out”.
When asked about the neighbouring chip stands in Sturgeon Falls and what some people tout as a ‘rivalry’, Lepage said, “I wouldn’t really call it a rivalry. Sturgeon Falls is more of a destination. It’s a nice drive, whether you’re driving through or taking your motorcycle. It’s a good stop”.
Riv Chip Stand
235 Main St., Sturgeon Falls, ON
Fan Favourite’s: Fresh cut fries, poutine, hand-dipped pogo’s and hamburgers. Of the burgers, owner Kate Lepage noted, “we get our patties from an Ontario-local farm called VG meats. The beef is raised locally without antibiotics and it makes a big difference. We sell a lot of burgers now.”
Monique’s Chip Stand
276 Nippissing St., Sturgeon Falls, ON
One of the famous chip stand’s in Sturgeon Falls, Monique’s is located on the “other” side of the highway. Loyal fans of this local concession stand love the friendly service and great eats.
Fan Favourite’s: Pogo, poutine, fresh-cut fries, the funnel dessert
21 Channel, Killarney
With the catch-phrase, “just one bite and you’ll be hooked too”, it’s no wonder Herbert Fisheries is a sought-out destination. We’re writing about the top destinations in the North, but this concession stand and fishery is straight up world-famous for it’s fish n’ chips. It’s the only item on their menu and crowds come from miles just to dine along the docks of the Killarney Channel. While the road to Killarney is bumpy and long, it’s well-worth the drive once you’ve tried the Fish & Chips!
Fan Favourite: Fish & Chip meal.
TJ’s Snack Shack
3761 Trout Lake Rd, North Bay, ON
Any true North Bay resident knows that TJ’s is the place to be for great food and great views! With delicious offerings and wonderful service in a beautiful waterfront location on Trout Lake, you’re sure to enjoy your experience.
Fan Favourites: Fries, jerky, poutine. Plus, great salads, a kids menu and vegan offerings.
104 Highland Rd, North Bay, ON
One of North Bay’s newest chip stands, you can find the friendly yellow Potato Headz stand at the North Bay Museum in the heart of town. Already known for its friendly staff and great food, it’s sure to be a popular summer destination.
Fan Favourite: Tornado Potato.
593 Notre Dame Ave, Sudbury, ON
The Silver Bullet has been a staple to the chip stand scene and a Sudbury landmark for over 25 years.
As noted on its website, “The Proulx family has always made it our mission to provide Silver Bullet customers with an exceptional “chip stand” experience; mouth-watering food made with the freshest products, sourced locally, and served with a smile”.
Fan Favourites: “legendary burgers, Sudbury’s cheesiest poutine and the perfect pogo”.
1436 Bellevue Ave, Sudbury, ON P3B 3G2
The Trough used to be located on Manitoulin Island but has since moved to the Minnow Lake area of Sudbury. It is received rave reviews since it opened it’s concession trailer doors. Owned by a chef, it offers hand crafted foods from an expansive menu. Gluten-free dieters can rejoice as it offers great GF items, including GF gravy! Regulars love it for its patio space and big portion sizes.
Fan Favourites: Jerk chicken sammie, poutine and chicken wings.
Stop drooling and start the car! And when you get to your chip stand, be sure to snap a picture and tag us + use the hashtag #NorthernHospitality!
Did we miss your favourite chip stand? Let us know so we can add it to the list and share with the Northern Heart + Home community!