French fries – the aroma alone of a fresh batch of fries can ignite feelings of desire and hunger within you. Perfectly golden and crispy, there is just something about French fries that bring you to a special place. Some like them salty, others like cheese fries. They come straight cut, ridged, waffle-cut and curly. Seasoning and frying time play a critical role in making a perfect batch of fries. They can easily be overdone or made soggy from too much oil. So what makes one French fry better than another? We did the research for you and uncovered the best French fries around the country. So keep on reading to discover the top 10 restaurants in America serving up the crispiest, most golden and tastiest French fries for your dining pleasure.
Serving up authentic Belgian fries, otherwise known as Pommes Frites, this East Village shop specializes in this treat and boy have they done their homework. This European approach to fries is done right, with the potatoes fried twice. An array of sauces are available to take your French fry experience well beyond the typical ketchup and mustard we are so accustomed to. Try a sweet mango sauce, black truffle mayo or a peanut satay sauce. Don’t be afraid to try a new combination with these deliciously golden and crisp fries, done right every time.
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This sandwich shop and café in Portland, Maine is best known for its Belgian fries. Local potatoes are used and are of course fried in duckfat. They are then coated with their seasoning salt and served in a paper cone along with your choice of dipping sauce ranging from truffle ketchup to Thai chili mayo. They also serve up their own version of Poutine, topping the delicious Belgian fries with locally sourced cheese curd, duck gravy and fresh chives. The entire menu here is outstanding so pair these fries with any salad or Panini that grabs your eye. And you can wash it all down with one of their stellar milkshakes.
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HopCat first opened in Grand Rapids, Michigan with the goal of bringing good beer to its patrons, and they have been nationally recognized for the quality and variety of beers they supply. But they have also been voted to have the Best Fries in the area, so they obviously know what they are doing beyond the world of beer. Of course, beer does come into play with the well-known Crack Fries prepared here. These addictive fries are battered in light beer and sprinkled with black pepper seasoning. Toppings such as cheese sauce, jalapenos and onion are available, although they are delicious straight up….with a cold beer to wash them down of course.
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No list of the best French fries is complete without the potato state of Idaho being represented. And what better way to represent Idaho than with the Boise Fry Company? The company’s slogan of “Burgers on the side” shows exactly how serious they are about their French fries. The Boise Fry Company is also a sustainable company with a focus on health. They use GMO-free sunflower oil for all of their fries, and all of the fries are free of preservatives, MSG and trans fats. In addition, all sauces and toppings are made in house rather than processed. Pretty impressive! You can choose from six varieties of potatoes (including purple and sweet) and then choose your cut, with such options as shoestring and curly. The sauces and dressings available are varied and innovative, such as malt vinegar, Thai sour cream and blueberry ketchup. The combinations are endless so you are guaranteed a unique experience each and every time you step up to order. A true French fry adventure!
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This French-American café and bar in Seattle serves up delicious food, fabulous cocktails and quality wine. The menu here does contain house cut fries, but if you look a little closer you will see another French fry option as well – the Souffle Potato Crisps. These small puffed bites have received rave reviews ever since Luc first opened its doors and started serving them. They are anything but simple to make, and when you bite into them you can taste every bit of effort and attention to detail that went into making them. If you have the opportunity to dine here, the Souffle Potato Crisps are something you absolutely must order. The taste and texture are divine, and you will not find this rare kind of French fry in many other places. So take advantage!
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This neighborhood bar and grill on the East side of Cincinnati has been serving up fine food and drink since 1980. The French fries here are prepared Plain, Texas or Cajun style, but the highly recommended ones are the Sweet Potato. These crinkle-cut fries are served with a side of apple butter and are the perfect pair for any burger or sandwich on the menu here. And with the haunted reputation this establishment has, you better eat up all of your fries before a friendly ghost snatches them up!
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Started by three local University graduates, Saus brings made-from-scratch food to Boston. As the name implies, a big focus is on the condiments, with over 15 unique homemade sauces on the menu. They also make their own ketchup, mayo, hot saus and gravy. The fries here are the Belgian-style, double-fried and served in a paper cone. As delicious as they are alone, it is impossible not sample some of the amazing sauces whipped up here. Whether it be Bacon Parm or Truffle Ketchup, all of these sauces add a new flavor dimension to your fries. If you want to be adventurous you can try some of the extremely innovative sauces, such as the Pindasaus which contains peanut butter, soy sauce, sate saus and chili paste. Or go for the Poutine menu where you can top your fries with pork belly or a deep-fried egg. Talk about a wow factor!
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Serving up cuts of more obscure meats, the Green Pig Bistro in Arlington aims to prepare food that is hearty but not heavy. They also focus on sustainability and quality technique when preparing their French-American cuisine. When it comes to French fries at the Green Pig, the Poutine is a must. The crispy fries here are topped with Tillamook cheddar and a duck liver gravy. I bet that is something most of us have never had before, so it is a no-brainer that if you are here it is a must-try. In fact, I am sure your whole meal here will be full of firsts that you will never forget.
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Voted the best burger in Houston, the fries are another reason to stop into the Hubcap Grill. The double-fried French fries come in regular or sweet, but then there is an entire section of the menu dedicated to Specialty Fries. From Buffalo Fries to Pizza fries, you will not know where to start. But since you’re in Texas, the best place to start is the Country fries, topped with country cream gravy and bacon bits. Or if you like your fries spicy, go for the Hell fries, topped with cayenne and chili powder with Sriracha mayo sauce and jalapenos. Given the long list of both burgers and fries served up here, you can keep coming back again and again mixing and matching up new duos. A mouth-watering sensation!
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Serving up classic American food, Steuben’s is a certified Green business that focuses on sustainability as much as it does quality. When it comes to French fries, the ones on the menu here are sure to catch your eye. The Gravy Cheese fries made at Steuben’s are covered in brown gravy and melted mozzarella. And if that’s not enough for you, patrons can add on various toppings, such as fried eggs or green chiles. These fries are a meal in and of themselves, and they live up to Steuben’s efforts to deliver the kind of food that keeps you coming back for more and more.
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