You may not recognize the name but we know you'll recognize the packaging of those crispy, flavorful Route 11 Potato Chips that come in such flavors as Chesapeake Crab, Salt 'n' Vinegar and the tangy Dill Pickle.
This year during your travels, take the scenic route to your closest-to-home potato chip factory (11 Edwards Way, Mount Jackson, Va.), roughly two hours from D.C.
Along your way to the Shenandoah Valley this year, take the scenic route (Highway 81) to visit the factory. You'll cross the Shenandoah River, travel through covered bridges and eventually be at the big red front door. It's open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. You can see the entire potato chip process (except the peeling) on your visit. Call 540-477-9664 for the fry view
It will be 20 years this April since Route 11 made their first batch of the ultimate lunchtime side dish. Their goal has always been to be a waste-free facility. They do this by giving all potato peelings to local farmers who have very hungry cattle, and give away their extra oil to locals who use it for biodiesel fuel.
The eco-friendly chips are known for their crunch, and are usually bursting with flavor to suite any one's tastes. The Dill Pickle flavor was even featured on Oprah and the Today Show, so it must be good, right? If you can't get enough, you can purchase potato chip tins
and cases on your visit, as well as Route 11 signature dip mixes.
Published at 10:18 AM EDT on Mar 19, 2012