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Bring Back Carl's Jr Original French Fries from the early 80's

Petition Carl's Jr to bring back the original French Fries from the early 80's. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, krinkle cut style.

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  1. Ooh I miss those crinkle fries of my youth! My mom used to love the deep fried burritos they used to serve too.

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    1. re: Oh Robin

      Yes, the Crispirito is worth bringing back too.

    2. Ah yes, those were the days. I'd get the fries and my mom would get the deep fried zucchini!

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      1. re: kivarita

        They still have the zucchini! Still delish!

      2. I am so with you on that. They were the best. Pup n Taco (anyone remember that place?) used to serve the same kind of fries.

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        1. re: bananna slug

          Ooh... chicken burritos from Pup n' Taco... yummy. I miss Naugles too.

          1. re: bananna slug

            Pup and Taco....oh what a wonderful memory...went there with my Grandma when I was a kid in Los Angeles....hot dogs and tacos together...the greatest....

          2. Weren't those like the Pringles of french fries? There was something so artificial about them.

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            1. re: monkuboy

              yah--but therein laid their wonderfulness. pressed and formed reconstituted potato parts, lightly fried. yum! :)

              1. re: annagranfors

                Crunchy crinkle cut fries on the outside and soft almost mashed potatoes on the inside....they were the best! The only thing even close is Del Taco and still sadly they fail to bring me to that fry nirvana. Bring back the Carl's Jr OG fry!

                1. re: bubbles4me

                  I too, was going to mention Del Taco's crinkly style french fries. Not totally the same but enjoyable none the less. Make sure you get them in one of the large drink cup sizes! Yum. BnF approves of Del Taco French fries along with a #9 Double Del Burger Meal! Hey, can you pass me some portion pak serve ketchup packs please? Thank you.
                  EAT EAT EAT, Like BIG n FAT.


            2. Is this the petition? count me in... why did they have to change the fries??! they were the best..

              1. Bring Carl's Jr. to Canada!

                1. Oh man, those were the absolute best. Does anyone know of anyplace that serves similar fries?

                  1. While you are at it request the return of the all star hot dog.

                    1. Yes, bring back the Frispos, the original Carl's Jr. French Fries! They were delicious!

                      1. Well if you're bringing those back, how about bring back all the Hardee's restaurants that were converted into Carl's Jr's.??? Please? I loved the Hardee's... but could even try a Carl's Jr.'s because their ads are so freakin' horrible.

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                        1. re: Firegoat

                          Firegoat wrote:

                          >>ads are so freakin' horrible<<

                          Amen. I hate that announcer's voice -- that smarmy, SWM, twenty-something know-it-all, sarcastic-but-not-in-a-good way vibe. "If it doesn't get all over your face..."

                          I won't eat at Carl's because of those commercials. What a rebel, huh?


                        2. OP's post was from November 2007, which was I believe before they made the change of around 6 months ago or so to a horribly fake tasting "natural cut" fry or something like that.

                          I'll take the early 80's fry, or even the ones they had before the recent change (which I really liked), over the new ones.

                          The new ones are so horrible tasting IMO I just can't go to CJ anymore. Since I don't eat beef, the only sandwich I could get there is their chicken sandwiches. The chicken breasts they serve also seem fake, and are a weird rubbery texture.

                          1. Are these the different than the crosscut "waffle style" fries Carl's had? I liked those, if they've been replaced by the "natural cut" fries from Hardees that is truly a shame.

                            Personally, having tried both Carl's (in CA) and Hardees (in FL) I like Carl's a lot more. Their burgers are better, they have more variety, and Carl's stores have Green Burrito which I wish they'd transplant to FL.

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                            1. re: aynrandgirl

                              Yes they were different. My first job was working at Carl's Jr. They were made from a dehyrdated potato like product called "Frisbo." They were little pepples shapped into crinkle cut fry shapes. I second the Crisperito request. I could attribute half my acne scars to that delightful little fried burrito.

                              1. re: aynrandgirl

                                To each his own, but they were not very good. As if french fries aren't already one of the highest profit margin foods that any restaurant serves, this was essentially the, "hot dog," of the potato world. Potato dregs, dehydrated, rehydrated, shaped into the form of a crinkle cut, "fry," and then cooked in hot oil. When they did serve these, and I would up eating there, I would simply opt for anything else or nothing at all. There is no way that they will bring these back as they do not integrate at all with Carl's currently desired image of higher quality, higher priced, old fashioned ("hand cut fries", "hand scooped shakes") fast food. These may be an older product, but they definitely weren't old fashioned, instead a result of cost saving industrial technology and processing gone awry in the '70s and '80s. Exactly what resulted in the current disfavor/distrust of fast food establishments and store bought processed foods in general. There may be some appeal to a few in this product, but it was decidedly low rent, and I do not miss this or foods like this, at all. Of course, I do respect the OP's right to interpret the information his/her palate sends to his/her brain differently than I do. ;)

                                1. re: PommeDeGuerre

                                  By "not very good" are you referring to the waffle-style fries? They are very different than "crinkle-cut" fries, which I agree are generally quite bad.

                                  The problem here is that the "natural cut" fries that Carl's took from Hardee's aren't higher quality. They're typical frozen french fries, and they're not very good. They might look a little different than typical frozen fries, but they don't taste like it.

                                  1. re: aynrandgirl

                                    No, I'm referring to the crinkle cut fries that the OP was addressing. Those that they served in the '70s and '80s, and that he/she wants brought back. I'm not debating whether or not you like or dislike their current fry selection, just that Carl's thinks that image-wise it's a bit higher end. Nothing inherently wrong with frozen foods by the way, if done properly. One of the few "natural" ways of preserving something without adding anything.

                              2. Is it just me or is anyone else getting tired of those coated french fries? A really good french fry is getting harder to find.

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                                1. re: Big N Fat

                                  like Burger Kings fries? It burns my you know what that I have to buy a sandwich or tenders at BK and then drive to mcyd's of wendys to get fries. If I was on a deserted Island with 25 pounds of BK's fries and a stray dog, I would feed the fries to Fido and then eat him.

                                  1. re: joe777cool

                                    Exactly like Burger King's fries, joe. Those came to mind.

                                2. Oh, I thought I was losing my mind. I'm couldn't find anyone that remembers these french fries! Count in me in!!

                                  1. me too! the original carl's jr fries were the best!

                                    1. Oh ya baby! loved those frys! I know they are available...there is a sandwich shop in Porterville CA that sell them...tooo bad Im 300 miles away now!

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                                      1. YES BRING THEM BACK!!!!! I even tried calling the main office and of course no one knew what I was taslking about! Must have been WAY before their time!! I would be there everyday to get those fries!!