Even Herbert Grönemeyer sang about "currywurst” being the typical Ruhr Valley speciality. Of course the sausages have to come with the classic side dish: Chips. However: Chips are not considered fast food in the Ruhr Valley, but rather a cultural asset. To help you be able to go and casually order at the Frittenschmiede or Frittenranch (High German: Imbissbude) on your next trip to the Ruhr, without being outed as a tourist, here is a crash course on how to buy chips.
from Mantaplatte to Pommes Schranke
Schimanski-Teller, known locally as Manta-Platte: The classic and favourite dish for many Ruhr Valley residents. It is currywurst with ketchup and mayonnaise on chips - excellent!
Bottroper Schlemmerplatte or Schlachtplatte, according to Frittenwiki, is a local variation on the Schimanski-Teller, when you order it in the northern Ruhr Valley.
Pommes Schranke: This poetic metaphor means Ruhr Valley chips with mayonnaise and ketchup. Referring to the local football team - not just in Essen - people sometimes speak of Pommes Rot-Weiß.
Asi-bowls/ Asi-plates: To Ruhr Valley folk, this is a small bowl or plate of chips with currywurst. According to Frittenwiki, you can choose any sauce you like to begin with.
And a boilermaker with your currywurst
The drinking culture in the Ruhr Valley has its traditions too: Every Ruhr pub sells a "Herrengedeck” or “boilermaker”, a Pilsken (Pils) draught beer served with a “shot”. Any time of day. Cheers, bon appétit and have fun ordering!