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best french fried potatoes in san francisco?

zuni's string fries get my vote. thin, perfectly fried, perfectly seasoned. can't routinely pick 'em up with a fork so prepare to get your fingers a little messy.

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  1. Ah, the great French fry question. Not only is "best" subjective, but people have different personal preferences when it comes to french fries. Although like you (and my brother in law), many people swear by the fries at Zuni, I like French fries that actually have a potato center -- my ideal French fry is about 3/8 of an inch in diameter.

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      bigger can be better. where do you recommend i go for these 3/8 inch masterpieces you refer to?

      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        I'm with you. I want a potato center in my fries.

        I'm a big fan of Nopa's fries.

        1. re: Pistou

          hard to find good fries. thanks for the tip.

          1. re: Pistou

            I also liked the fries at Nopa. I had them for the first time recently, and they were the best fries I had had in a while.

          2. re: Ruth Lafler

            I'm with you Ruth, and my favorite are the steak fries at Stavin' Marvins on the south side of Geneva just east of Mission.

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              Just curious . . . do you measure your fries?

            2. I think that the "shoe strings" at Zuni are just too thin and really prefer a classic French
              pomme fritte. They are sliced no greater than 1/2" wide and DOUBLE fried. That is they are fried normally, then oil is drained and after setting a bit, they are fried again. A dash of salt and you're in heaven....

              Le Central makes them and they are divine.

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              1. re: doxxie lover

                > DOUBLE fried. That is they are fried normally, then oil is drained and after
                > setting a bit, they are fried again.

                FYI, this is the standard technique for making french fries. One pass at a relatively low temp (~325) to cook the potato and boil off some moisture, a second pass at high temp (~375) to crisp the outside.

                Nearly everybody that makes fries does this, otherwise they're pretty soggy. Even the mass-produced frozen fries are typically parcooked in oil before freezing.

              2. Oola has ones with just the right amount of parmesan and truffle oil. I think you can get them at happy hour at a real steal of a price.

                If you are ever in the East Bay and looking, Cesar's has fried potatoes with sea salt and herbs (like sage). Comes with a delicious garlic aioli. The strips of potato are mind bogglingly flat. Makes me wonder how they cut them.

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                Oola Restaurant & Bar
                860 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107

                Bar C├ęsar
                1515 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

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                1. re: emery_jc

                  Yeah, Cesar's are in the same vein as Zuni's. By the time you add in the salt and herbs, you really can't taste any potato at all!

                  Anyway, I don't know where to get really great french fries, so I'm happy to read any suggestions.

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                    Ya know, don't make this stop till I try them again, but for a good classic, uh, American ... French fry, I was surprised by the fries and the Ground Round near Pinole. Frying is their thing at this lone West Coast outpost of the troubled chain. The potatoes had a nice soft center and crisp exterior ... served with Heinz catsup as required.

                2. I'm a huge fan of Luka's in Oakland, and the ones at Absinthe.

                  1. I like the fries at Hayes Street Grill.

                    I also like the feta garlic fries at Lakeside Cafe on Ocean Ave. near Junipero Serra in SF.

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                    Hayes Street Grill
                    324 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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                    1. re: Nancy Berry

                      Link: Lakeside Cafe

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                      Lakeside Cafe
                      2529 Ocean Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132