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Sep 6, 2006 07:47 PM

Frites: Thin or Thick?

This past weekend SO took me to a Frites place in SF that he frequently waxes poetic about... Supposedly a REAL deal Belgian place....

Well when the cone was placed before me, what I found were thick fries. Not steak fries, but they were thicker than Mc Donald's fries (I left the camera in the car so couldn't take a picture... ). I was expecting super crisp thin fries (Like or Thinner than McDonalds). Where my expectations wrong? Aren't real Beligan frites supposed to be skinny?


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  1. I've never met a thick fry that called itself a pomme frite.

    1. I'd say McD's size is good. no more than 1/2inch thick though, and even that is pushing it.

      1. Most recipes I have seen call for 1/4", but I have seen ones that call for 1/8" and 1/2". I like them to be 1/2" because you get a real nice crisp (and sometimes blistered) outside and a fluffy, partially hollow inside.

        1. Pommes Frites in NY does a fairly thick fry. And they're wonderful and really hold up to the stuff one puts on them. Certainly good plain as well.

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          1. re: LoDega

            Pommes Frites in NYC are thicker than the usual, and they are very good. Excellent variety of condiments too. I guess if they are good, then size doesn't matter.

            1. re: Infomaniac

              "I guess if they are good, then size doesn't matter."

              Words to live by? (shrug)

              1. re: LoDega

                my mind wasn't in the gutter when i typed that.

              2. re: Infomaniac

                Actually, I think the size really does matter because the thicker fry, the more potatoey (the ones we had at SF were like this) and less crisp it is... It's a totally different taste with the dipping sauce too...


            2. Real Belgian frites are not thin but they're not thick like British chips, either. They're sort of medium, maybe around 3/8". Crisp outside but soft in the center. Here's a good discussion:


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                1. re: LStaff

                  THANKS! That is pretty much what they looked like! And now since it is real deal... this is the restaurant we went to...



                  1. re: Dommy

                    I think Luka's fries are better than Frjtz's.

                    1. re: Dommy

                      No matter how many times I asked for frites "extra crisp" from Frjtz, (and from both locations)...they always came.. pale and flaccid!

                    2. re: LStaff

                      Yep! They should be tinner than McDonalds, but not matchstick.

                      Great site LStaff!