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Best French Fries?

OK, where can I get really good fries? I'm talkin' handcut, thick, crispy on the outside (without coating them!) but soft on the insides, just lightly salted, NO hotlamping ...

Peter's and Boogie's are terrible (not handcut and wilty to boot), Diner Deluxe are too breakfasty and herby, Chicken on the Way comes close ...

Opinions? There was this tiny place in Seattle that served (only) Belgian style fries with flavored mayo ... oh how I miss them.

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  1. There is a place in Vancouver that is the same - I think it is called FRITZ...oh the selection of dips is what makes the fries!

    1. Victoria's Brasserie L'Ecole...crisp but with some texture, dusted with parmesan and scented with white truffle oil

      even better with some of Chef Brennan's duck confit

      1. I know that place in Seattle and I miss it so much as well! It was the highlight of my weekly shame sessions at the dog training centre next door. I haven't found anything comparable here. pleae share with me if you do.

        there was a place in vancouver that does the same thing really well. I haven't been there for a little while but it was an institution. It is on Commercial Drive, if you are familiar with the city.

        1. We just had some amazing frites at Quarry Bistro in Canmore- though even though their house-made ketchup is delightful, I couldn't help wondering how amazing they would taste with mayo, pref curry or aioli. Best fries I've had in Alberta- now let me second and third and fourth FRITZ in the Couv- I would frickin' kill to get them in Calgary.

          Apparently tubby dog has fries now- if they're as good as their onion rings, watch out.

          1. Try the Fries at Buffalo Bob's Pub - it's on 51 ST SW, north of Richmond Road (in the little Plaza with the DOMO station).

            Not overly thick, but skins on and well cooked. Ask for them to go easy on the salt.

            PS- This place can get VERY smoky, so you may want to wait until Jan 1, 2007 if you the smoke offends.

            1. Pubs too often have great fries... so yeah I'll look forward the Jan 1!

              1. OP: Since your message references Peter's and Boogies, im assuming you are referring to Calgary.

                For fries similar to Chicken on the way but better, try Burger Inn on 4th Street and roughly 19th or 20th Ave SW. They are skin on, handcut, fresh and not hotlamped. Double brown bagged, with salt and malt vinegar - yummy.

                For Belgian style frites - i enjoy the ones at Divino (good aioli, and grated parmesan on top). The skinny fries at Saltlik are pretty good as well.

                1. Divino's has what I think are the BEST and most authentic 'frites'...double fried yada yada. totally amazing, they have been hot and fantastic each time I have ordered.

                  Also Holy Grille has pretty tasty fries too, and also offer sweet potato versions that are pretty popular.

                  And here I go: I am sure I'll get whipped for this one, but I think Earls fries are good. Its probably my favourite size, thickness. And the Glencoe Golf Course has tasty fries....but that is probably not relevant.


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                  1. re: misscheeks

                    I'm not a big fan of the Earl's fries ... to skinny for me, or they were last time I had them. I usually get a salad instead if I am there.

                    1. re: misscheeks

                      Holy Grill- what a great place, with such nice guys running the joint. I just wish they were open for dinner.

                      1. re: John Manzo

                        ooooooh ... I just had lunch at Holy Grill -- the "classic burger" and the beet fries. Delish! The fries did look good -- I'm going back to try them. I was a big fan of this place many incarnations ago when the crazy Italian guy was running it (with more or less the same menu, scratch)
                        I'll have to try Divinos -- I haven't been since they moved (I always had the lamb burger ...)
                        Don't you think that 17th Ave needs a Belgian fry place?!

                        1. re: dpeacey

                          OMG, we were just talking about this today.

                          We had lunch at Burger Inn (which probably explains the fries conversation)- very good fries!

                    2. I really like the sea salt fries at Cactus Club on Macleod Tr. Especially with the garlic mayo to dip in. Yummm!

                      1. Tapenade Mediterranean Bistro in Steveston in Richmond doesn't sound like a good french fry place but these are to die for. They call them pommes frites on the menu and I think there cooked in duck oil or something but they are differnt. If you go try this meal with pomme frites

                        The "Aix en Provence" Sandwich $10
                        Cured ham, tomato confiture, chevre, caramelized onions, basil pesto, filone baguette, organic field greens or pommes frites

                        1. I love the fries at the White Spot. I live in Toronto and miss the Spot terribly.