Now, Utz has purchased a small chip maker in Connecticut, and I just received a sample courtesy of a friend. Thse are superb chips, extra well done (they are just this side of burnt), made from russet potatoes fried in cottonseed oil. They are being produced under the name "Utz Hanover Home Brand." They are not officially available on the Web site, but if you call you can get them to ship you some.
Another fabulous chip I've been eating lately comes from Troyer Farms (www.troyerfarms.com). Apparently this is the only potato chip manufacturer that grows its own potatoes. It makes a difference -- the chips have a more pronounced potato taste than any others I've tried. It's subtle -- if you don't focus you won't realize you're eating a great chip.
These are the three best chips I've had from a bag. Of course they can't compare to fresh potato chips. Has anyone ever tried the Chippery? I recall there was a Manhattan branch of this Canadian company, though I don't know if it's still open. Fresh potato chips made all day. Also a few of the steakhouses do fresh potato chips, as does the Seagrill (fried in duck fat).