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Aug 8, 2006 03:27 PM

Favorite fries?

Two reasons for posting.

1) Where can I get get the best fries around?

2) Are the fries at Sel de la Terre still as good as the absolutely delicious rosemary-scented ones I had a few years back?


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  1. I really don't care that much about fries, but for some reason I am compelled to order them whenever I get anything from Urban Gourmet in Ball Sq. Somerville. They must cook something else that's super delicious in the same fryolator. They are crispy outside, soft inside, and have a trace of garlic to them. Although, I've gotta say that otherwise, Urban Gourmet seems to be slipping a bit this summer, which is a shame since it's my local go-to place. I think the owners have been out of the kitchen more and the service shows (cold grilled veggies when they're ordinarily freshly grilled or at least heated, etc.

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    1. re: vanna f.k.a. babette

      I try to stay away from fries, but from recent memory...I'll choose the sweet potato fries at Firefly's in Marlborough. I haven't been to the Framingham location.

    2. Fries at the North Street Grille in the North End are excellent and plentiful.

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      1. re: beetlebug

        Second these, and they're also sprinkled with rosemary.

        1. re: Rubee

          I generally try to avoid eating fries anywhere - but those Rosemary fries are addictive. I sometimes order a menu item at NSG based on the fact that it doesn't come with fries! How sick is that?

          1. re: Northender

            I do the same but for a different reason, I can't stand smelling like a frylator afterwards, they need to do something about the ventillation in that joint.

      2. The fries at River Gods in Cambridgeport are very, very good.

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        1. re: newhound

          I second River Gods! I was just there last night gorging on them, with their fantastic roast-garlic aioli.

          28 Degrees' fries aren't too bad, either, though their aioli could use more flavor. And the fries themselves are a bit too thin and underdone for my liking. Just preference, I guess.

        2. Cajun Cheese Fries at the Cambridge Deli and Grill (on River Street, across from River Gods). So good, but you'll have to wait until September 5 -- the deli is on vacation. Frowny face.

          1. Plough and Stars on Mass ave in Cambridge has a basket big enough for 3-4 people with some homeade aioli deliciousness for 4.50. The basket and a draft guiness is the meal of champs. Stay away from fries? puh-lease!

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            1. re: wisconsingal

              Have to say that I found the fries at Plough and Stars mediocre, at best. They tasted like frozen to me.

              1. re: bella_sarda

                Lately I've found the Plough's fries a bit under-fried. The first few times I visited after they reopened they were really great. They still taste nice and potato-ey -- but are pale and not crisp enough. They didn't seem pre-frozen to me, although they might have been. I think I'll start asking for them well-done and see what happens.