For House Speaker Tip O'Neill's ancestors in Ireland, potatoes were a
dietary staple, the only means of survival. The potato blight struck,
and they migrated to America. So the side dish that O'Neill discovered
at the fashionable Prime Rib restaurant in Washington boiled his
ancestral blood: fried potato peels at $2.50 a portion. "Two-fifty!" he
exclaimed. "And there's no potato!"
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