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Restaurant w/ just Fries?

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piltdown Jul 31, 2007 03:58 PM

Strange question: Is there a restaurant in LA that just serves fries?

I remember a place like this in NYC--- wondering if LA has an equivalent.

  1. wilafur Jul 31, 2007 04:03 PM

    there was a place open a few years back called hollywood fries in westwood.....i never had the chance to go before it closed.

    i think it was owned by danny glover.

    1. ipsedixit Jul 31, 2007 04:06 PM

      Used to be a place in Westwood called "Hollywood Fries" but it closed down a while ago.

      I recall seeing French Fries only places in some of the food courts at malls, but can't recall their names.

      1. DanaB Jul 31, 2007 04:11 PM

        I don't think there currently is such a place in Los Angeles.

        For several years, we had Benita's Frites, but that has since closed. Hollywood Fries was the most recent incarnation, but it didn't make it either.

        Your best bet is to find a place that has good fries and dipping sauces. Here's a long thread from May on who has the best fries in Los Angeles.

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/384097

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          Suebee Jul 31, 2007 06:33 PM

          I am STILL mourning the loss of Benita's Frites. It is unbelievable to me that there is nowhere similar in all of LA....

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            Das Ubergeek Aug 2, 2007 12:59 PM

            JUST fries? No... not really... but there is a place that specialises in fries with the various dipping sauces (mayos, aiolis, sauce espagnole, Fritessaus, etc.) at the Block at Orange called EuroStation. They also do two kinds of Belgian waffles, and crepes.

            I reviewed it a couple of weeks ago. Service was terrible, but it WAS the second day they were open, so I'm sure they've shaken some of the first-week jitters out.

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            Eurostation Crepes & Waffles
            20 City Blvd E, Orange, CA 92868

            1. re: Das Ubergeek
              goodhealthgourmet Sep 3, 2007 08:52 PM

              there's also a location @ the howard hughes center by lax...

              5777 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045
              <http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&h...>

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                Foodandwine Sep 4, 2007 12:33 PM

                closed, my office is HHC.. it says closed for remodeling.. no one was ever there I think they went out of business. Hope not for them..

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                  goodhealthgourmet Sep 4, 2007 04:59 PM

                  that's too bad. i've actually never even been there, i had just heard about it. thanks for the update!

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          slacker Jul 31, 2007 05:10 PM

          There used to be a place in old town, Pasadena that served just fries. It had a witty name, but I just can't remember it now. Got to go there once before they closed, it was pretty good. Potato, sweet potato fries, all sorts of dipping sauces.

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            maudies5 Jul 31, 2007 06:35 PM

            I am not a great fan of The Brentwood, but they do serve great fries. Go to the bar (or even a table) and order a cocktail and an order of fries. The fries are amazing!

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              ns1 Aug 2, 2007 01:48 PM

              I know it's not what you're looking for, but the fries at 'the little cafe' in tarzana are fantastic

            2. bigtums Aug 2, 2007 09:55 PM

              I think I know the place you're talking about in NY. I miss that place. I use to get my fries with the mango chutney with some takoyaki from around the corner at that little stand. I wish I could find some a belgium fries stand here in LA. I heard a long time ago there was one in Long Beach, but I wasn't able to find it.

              1. maxzook Sep 3, 2007 06:20 PM

                The good news: the Islands chain* has the best fries I've had since in LA since the demise of Benita's. Crispy but not hard ... No dipping sauces but they really don't need them. And the portion is huge; for $3 you get a basket with enough for two.

                Bad news: Everything else on the menu sucks. In answer to your post, I suppose you could go and just order the fries.

                * I'm just going to link the Glendale and Burbank branches since those are the only ones I've tried, since it's a chain I assume the others are of equal quality.

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                Islands
                117 W Broadway, Glendale, CA 91204

                Islands
                101 E Orange Grove Ave, Burbank, CA 91502

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                  JeetJet Sep 3, 2007 08:20 PM

                  McDonald’s. They also sell Coke as it should be. They sell no other “food.”

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                    alnyden Sep 3, 2007 08:44 PM

                    Yes, Islands fries are great. I don't think the burgers are half-bad either. But the fries are truly outstanding.

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                    stacyface Sep 3, 2007 07:45 PM

                    Ah yes, I remember long walks around the mall with friends as a teenager and stopping at Boardwalk Fries, with the toppings you can choose from. :)

                    Oh memories :)

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                      Veggietales Sep 4, 2007 02:57 PM

                      Boardwalk Fries, oh the memories! My first job was at a now defunct Waldenbooks (currently Borders) making minimum wage. With my meager earnings I had to stretch my dollar so I would order the large size fries and order it w/ cheese sauce. I would proceed to liberally douse my cup o' fries with seasoning salt and malt vinegar.

                      I haven't had anything like that since... 10+ years.

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                      krez Sep 4, 2007 03:03 PM

                      The garlic fries at Hamburger Hamlet are pretty good if we are just listing good fries now - the garlic is sauteed, not raw like some garlic fries come.

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                        Oh Robin Sep 4, 2007 03:05 PM

                        Red Robin has great crispy steak fries and they have sooooooooo many dipping sauces there. I recommend the campfire sauce (bbq mayo), chipolte mayo, or of course ranch.

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