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French Fries - How do you like them?

In my opinion, I think that the best fry is straight out of the fryer, liberally applied with kosher salt. If you need to add anything else right away while it is still piping hot, then its not a premium fry. Of course, a little malt vinegar can go a long way with mediocre fries, and I wonder why more restaurants don't offer it. I can understand a few that are too proud/confused to recognise that their fries suck, but plenty places have blatantly horrible fries that need a little more kick than just Ketchup.

On another note, when I make the frozen kind at home, I occasionally like to throw a little Old Bay on them for a little kick.

Also, 5 Guys Burgers and Fries has probably the best chain fries around. I especially like their liberal portions which allows me to bring some home to freeze (they actually freeze pretty well).

Well, I love french fries, and would love to hear what others have to say on the topic ...

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  1. I like fleur de sel and chopped italian parsley, right after coming out of the oil. The parsley audibly sizzles........
    I serve them with shaved reggiano parmesan and a little garlic and lemon aioli.

    1. apple cider vinegar/salt,
      or
      malt vinegar/salt

      Poutine is a guilty pleasure.

      1. In college, I liked them with salt, butter, vinegar, AND mayo. Yep, true. Now I like them with either just salt or salt and mayo or salt and vinegar.

        1. Fried to a deep golden brown and sprinkled lightly with salt.

          1. You know what I don't like? That crunchy coating that so many fast food type chain places put on their french fries now.

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            1. re: chowser

              Agreed. I would actually get a Whopper once a year or so, but BK fries are awful. Weird batter of some sort...

                1. re: Antonio Montana

                  No, it's potato starch (just dehydrated potato liquid).