Lay's Flavor Contest Is Back, So We've Created Some Houston-Inspired Flavors Of Our Own

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We think Houston's doing the world a "flavor" with these inspired combinations.
Last month, potato chip brand Lay's brought back its "Do Us A Flavor" contest, which invites fans all over the nation to submit their ideas for the next great potato chip flavor. What's in it for the fans, you ask? Well, a $1 million grand prize, for starters. Plus eternal glory and ultimate bragging rights in front of all your annoying friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Now through April 5, 2014, entries can be submitted for three potato chip forms -- Lay's Original, Lay's Kettle Cooked and/or Lay's Wavy -- with up to three flavorings of your choosing for each entry. And this year, the company has upped the finalists from three to four, meaning four flavors will be created and brought to store shelves for fan voting.

Well, since this is all too exciting and we want to revel in the fact that Houston has one of the most badass food scenes around, we've come up with a few chip ideas of our own, based on some of our favorite dishes in Houston.

Here are Five Houston Dishes that Should Be Lay's Next Flavor:

5. Tex-Cajun Poutine

Based on: Tex-Cajun Virgin at BB's Café
Chip form: Original (crispy, light crunch)
Chip flavors: Roast Beef, Chile Con Queso, Gravy

Because poutine -- that's fries drenched in gravy and topped with crumbles of cheese curd, for those who have been extremely missing out -- is so popular now, it may be an obvious flavor choice. But not when you add spicy queso and chipped roast beef à la our favorite late-night snack at BB's Café. We'd flavor the thin-cut chips with a rich gravy, slow-roasted beef and jalapeño-and-chile-studded queso.

It's like a gravy-drenched roast-beef po-boy and queso-smothered fries in one. God, we want BB's right now.

4. Bangkok-Style Salt & Vinegar

Based on: Bangkok Fries at Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar
Chip form: Kettle-Cooked (thick-cut, extra crunch)
Chip flavors: Curried Pork, Hoisin, Sriracha

Ever heard of salt and vinegar chips? We'll replace the salt with caramelized pork and replace the vinegar with sweet and acidic hoisin sauce. Now add a bit of Sriracha and pile in hints of yellow curry, sesame and cilantro, just like Boheme's famous fries.

Each chip would strike that perfect balance of sweetness, acidity, saltiness and spice.

3. Pecan-Smoked Oyster

Based on: Oysters Gilhooley at Gilhooley's Raw Bar
Chip form: Wavy (crispy, crunchy ridges)
Chip flavors: Oyster, Smoked Pecan, Garlic-Parmesan

These chips would taste like the ocean...with a little bit of Texas flair. Gilhooley's namesake oysters are sprinkled with Parmesan and garlic butter before being smoked in a pecan wood-fired barbecue pit.

Mimic these flavors and you'd have a chip that's sweet and smoky, nutty and buttery, garlicky, and, of course, fresh-out-of-the-sea briny all at once. One can only dream.

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Location Info

BB's Cafe

2710 Montrose, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar

307 Fairview, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Gilhooley's Raw Bar

222 Ninth St., Dickinson, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pondicheri

2800 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

LA Crawfish

1005 Blalock, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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