New Asheville restaurant serves homemade recipes fast food-style – Citizen Times

A new family-owned and operated restaurant with thick fries and other dippable counterparts has traveled the world to land in Asheville.
On Sept. 16, Golden Chips opened at 1800 Hendersonville Road in Dingle Creek Crossing shopping center, at the former address of Jimmy John’s.
The eatery was designed with a fast food concept for convenient grab-and-go counter service and a few seats for dining in. However, Golden Chips differ from the average large conglomerate as the small business’s menu features homemade family recipes made by the family on-site.
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“Everything’s going to be made to order. Everything is fresh. We hand-cut our fries. Our chickens, we hand batter them,” co-owner and manager Giancarlo Caridi said. “It’s family operated so we put a lot of effort in it. A lot of love and care in our products, so people love it.”
Golden Chips operates with a staff of Caridi’s relatives — Patricia Caridi (mother), Giacomo Caridi (brother), Glenda Rivera Caridi (sister-in-law), and Merely Robertson (sister) — who are partners in the business, as well.
Belgian-style fries are the foundation of the menu, but the family continues to develop it with homemade recipes.
“We call it Belgian style because we double fry them and thick cut so that’s going to make them soft inside but crispy outside,” Giancarlo Caridi said.
Golden Chips’ fries are served to dine-in guests in a cone-shaped container with a side of mayonnaise-based sauces, which is a trend in Europe, he said.
“We started with fries. Fries and sauces. The concept was you grab your fries and you just keep walking and keep eating them,” he said.
Golden Chips’ fries are presented in a handmade wooden holder with a slot for the sauce.
Yuca fries were added at the suggestion of his sister-in-law, who is from Honduras, and they were a hit, he said. And the popularity of sweet potato fries in the U.S. led to it being included in the offerings.
An assortment of signature sauces complements the dishes. The most popular is Creolaise, a Louisiana-inspired sauce. Samurai is made with pink mayo – a mayo blended with tomato paste – and Tabasco. Chipotle, made with pink mayo and chipotle peppers, is another favorite for those looking for a bit of spice. The aioli is a garlic mayo sauce.
Even the honey mustard is made with a house recipe.
Classics barbecue, ranch, cheddar cheese, tartar sauce and ketchup are available, too.
Customers shared their love for the sauces leading to the decision to add more dippable foods to the menu. New Orleans-style battered chicken tenders and fish fingers were introduced. The menu continues to evolve and grow.
“My mother cooks this wonderful chicken salad, so we’re going to do chicken salad sandwiches,” he said. “My sister-in-law, she does flan, so we’re going to have homemade flan.”
Fried or grilled chicken sandwiches, grilled chicken tenders and fresh green salads with fried/grilled tenders are coming soon, too. New sauce blend testing is ongoing.
In 2014, Golden Chips debuted as a food trailer in the family’s native country, Guatemala. A brick-and-mortar restaurant briefly operated in a mall but eventually closed.
In 2016, they opened a location in the French Quarter in New Orleans, where the family resided, but it closed during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic due to low customer traffic and high rent, Caridi said.
Caridi’s nephew moved to Asheville and suggested the family follow suit.
“I love the town. Guatemala has mountains, too. I was like, ‘Oh, wow, this is like home,’” Caridi said. “The people here were very nice and super welcoming. They actually support local stuff.”
Golden Chips is open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
“Come and try us. We put a lot of effort in(to) our products. (We) always check the quality,” he said.
Where: 1800 Hendersonville Road, Asheville
Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily
Info: For details, visit facebook.com/goldenchipsavl.

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