best french fried potatoes in san francisco?
- steve h. Nov 2, 2007 04:47 PM
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oola Restaurant & Bar
860 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107
1515 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709
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.