WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)- This is the Battle of the Baked Potato!
The potato is a staple at the Big E. But where is the best place to go??
The all-time favorite State of Maine building or the supposed underdog at the Smoke House Grill in Connecticut?
Hiding on the side corner of the Connecticut building is where you the monster potato. It is 50 cents more, but they say it’s worth it!
“Bigger and better, bigger is always better I think,” says Willie Robinson, employee at the stand.
A scoop of butter, all natural bacon, loads of cheese, sour cream, and chives will satisfy any potato lover. However, with their specialty pulled pork or chili, you’ll fall head over heels!
“We have created a masterpiece,” adds Robinson as he hands us over our own potato to try.
Heading up north, lines loop around with hungry patrons just waiting for that very moment when their hands are on the meal!
This one isn’t your average potato either.
“We have a special farm up in Maine that grows specifically for us. They are early picked that’s why they’re so sweet,” explains Manager of the stand, Cindy Weber.
And it is baked with no foil for extra crispy skin.
Now put to the test. ABC40’s Brittany Decker claims that she can devour both potatoes. But she found that the fans at the fair seem to have their favorites.
“I’m from CT I may be prejudiced but this one really does look better,” says Kathy Bachiochi, from CT.
“Once you taste it you’ll come back,” adds Pat Petrucelli, also from CT.
“Who wants to wait in a line when you can eat right away! I may go back for another one; this one is going down faster than I thought,” says Jonathan Nardi as he indulges with his lunch.
It’s just a tradition, Main Potato is the best,” argues Tony Borton of Conway, MA.
“I always come here this is the place I go.. no question- no questions asked,” says another devoted Maine potato-eater, Mark Peletier.
“Maine is where they make the best potatoes. They grow the best so you may as well eat the best,” he adds.
I guess you’ll just have to try them both for youself!