Brisbane Times: LNP Senator reveals best hot chip shop in Queensland

The best hot chip in Queensland been decided.

The one chip to rule them all comes from The Lynd Oasis Roadhouse in Conjuboy, about four hours north-west of Townsville.

The title was awarded to The Lynd Oasis Roadhouse by LNP Senator James McGrath, via his website.

The Lynd Oasis Roadhouse.

The Lynd Oasis Roadhouse. Photo: Facebook

Senator McGrath exposed his "spit-flecked hatred" for the beer-battered chip, citing Oasis Roadhouse as the top establishment to grab the best good old-fashioned plain chip in the Sunshine State.

"The Oasis Roadhouse at The Lynd, at the intersection of the Kennedy (the Hann Highway) and Gregory Development Roads, has edged out Karumba's Ash's Cafe for the best chips in Queensland," Senator McGrath posted.

Oasis Roadhouse owner Karley Royes, who runs the fast food restaurant with her mum Pauline and sister Laurell, said she wasn't aware her cafe had been awarded such a title.

LNP Senator James McGrath prefers the good old-fashioned plain cut chip.

LNP Senator James McGrath prefers the good old-fashioned plain cut chip. Photo: Facebook

"I wasn't aware, that is a very nice surprise, very lovely," she said.

Bizarrely, it's not the first time someone has compared Ms Royes's chips with those found at Ash's Cafe in Karumba, some eight hours drive away.

"Someone came through and said we have the best chips here, and they are on par with the Karumba chips," she said.

While Ms Royes herself isn't adverse to the beer-battered chip, her mum refused to have them in the shop.

"We did try beer battered chips. I didn't mind them myself but my mother doesn't like them at all, so we decided to go back to the McCain chips, we find they are the best," Ms Royes said.

So what makes the perfect chip?

"We use McCain's 10mm straight cut chips and we cook them in golden leaf oil," Ms Royes said.

"It has a lot to do with the chip and also the type of oil you use.

"Sometimes it may depend on the server as to how well they are cooked. Sometimes they get a little overdone but on the whole we have trained most of the girls now to get it most consistent."

And additions?

"We normally do plain salt - we have the belief that we shouldn't put too much salt on - you can always add salt but you can't take it off."

After being told that Karumba's Ash's Cafe had been knocked from the top of the chip list, owner Yvonne Tunney said she was just happy the top two titles were both held by cafes in the state's north.

"I think it is wonderful that he even thought to mention it and I think it's great that the two are on the Gulf of Carpentaria," she said.

"The next time he comes we will have to work harder and get our No.1 spot back."

When asked what made Ash's Cafe hot chips so noteworthy, Ms Tunney remained tight-lipped.

"They are just cooked with love. You have got to buy the business to buy the secrets," she said.

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