My grandfather, Thomas Armstrong, was born in Tangipahoa, Louisiana, and later in life moved to St. Joseph Missouri. The Armstrong family came from the township of Gorton in the state of Donegal, Ireland, bringing with them many Irish Cuisine recipes. My family blended these traditional Irish recipes with the traditional cajun spices of the bayou, creating a variety of unique dishes. Maggie’s Irish Potato Seasoning was, of course, one of them.
In the small town of Stewartsville, Missouri, Maggie’s restaurant opened in 1996.
Within a short time, its foods became famous, drawing visitors far and wide. The most iconic dish: Maggie’s Irish Potatoes. People loved them so much that the little restaurant, which only seated 50, would sometimes have events of 500 people or more! When that happened, we would close the state highway so we could put tables and chairs out on it. Customers didn’t mind — as long as they got their Irish potatoes they were happy! Through the years, we have found that the seasoning for the potatoes was so easy to use and complemented so many other recipes that we had to share it with the world.