Chesapeake Bay Chip Company: more than just chips
by Sarah Bowis
The Deadrise Deli nestled within the Chesapeake Bay Chip Company in Kilmarnock features more than just homemade kettle cooked potato chips. An all-day breakfast menu features burritos, a fried bologna sandwich, bagel and lox and sausage biscuits among other mouthwatering choices. An all-day lunch menu includes an Italian sub, classic reuben, Angus burger, chicken wings and chili. In addition, daily specials have become a much anticipated feature of the deli.
Founded in 2014 in a cinderblock building on School Street that last served as a paint store, the Chesapeake Bay Chip company is owned and operated by Nate Myers. As long as Nate can remember, potato chip making has been in his blood. Nate’s family opened and operated Bon Ton potato chips in York, PA in 1954. As a child, Nate remembers walking through the manufacturing plants, pulling hot chips off the line to eat. It’s a memory he hopes to someday pass along to his own children and others. Many may recognize Nate as the previous owner and operater of Nate’s Trick Dog Cafe in Irvington.
I met co-worker and friend Lisa for lunch on an April afternoon. We were both hungry and ready to eat. We reviewed the menu board and specials and sampled three of the craft beers featured on tap. Lisa chose the Schlafly Summer Lager, a craft beer out of St. Louis, and I chose the Lunch IPA (India pale ale), also a craft beer, from Maine Brewing Company. Typically I’m not an IPA fan, but this particular IPA was lighter and was great for lunch, hence the name! Beers are served in a stainless steel mug to keep it cold and available for purchase for $6.25.
Knowing the Chip Company loves to smoke its own meats when possible, we decided to split the reuben, and was told by our server it was a regular menu favorite. Lisa suggested we try the collard greens “because when you come in a place like this and they offer collard greens, you order collard greens.” I am a fan of turkey sandwiches, so I was quick to order the hot turkey bacon swiss sandwich which was offered as a daily special. As a side, I quickly opted for a bag of the homemade kettle cooked potato chips. Another special that intrigued us both was the homemade corn chowder-if you spot this on a future specials’ menu, you have to try it, trust us. The homemade corn chowder was probably the best corn chowder we both have ever tasted. It had so much flavor and depth it was hard to believe they gave it a simple name like corn chowder. A delicate smokey flavor with bacon, potatoes, onions, corn and red peppers along with spices created a dynamic soup or side option. We both hope and suggested this becomes a regular menu option. The collard greens took me by surprise. Typically not a fan, the greens were thick, not shredded, and also featured a smokey flavor with bacon pieces and “a little magic,” according to our server Allison.
The reuben came on toasted rye and pumpernickel bread piled high with cured, in-house shaved corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese and topped with Russian dressing. The reuben was crunchy, meaty, gooey and prepared to perfection. The hot turkey bacon swiss sandwich special came on toasted marble rye bread and featured smoked turkey, lettuce, tomato, red onions and mayo. Lisa and I shared our sandwiches and both had plenty to take home to enjoy for dinner. Meals are served on an old fashioned lunch tray, which according to Allison, Nate discovered upon visiting a closing restaurant supplier warehouse one day. It’s nostalgic and creates great conversation.
Though the Chip company just opened October 2015, they are already working hard to expand and update the menu and beer selections. Summer salads, beer brats, pancetta, sausages including andouille are some of the new features you’ll soon want to taste. The Deadrise Deli, sells select meats, smoked salmon and salads by the pound.
Nate has twelve beers on tap and is ready to expand those tasty refreshments. Sadly there is no dessert option at the Chip Company; however, Nate plans to offer a new take home option that might be just as tasty, a mini 6-pack of growlers. Those of you new to the term, a growler is a glass bottle you purchase that gets refilled every time you visit. Just make sure it’s washed.
The restaurant has limited seating—it only seats about 15—but does have bar seating with a television.
All day lunch: Sub, sandwhiches, wings, burgers, soups and salads.