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Is there a reason no one has posted about the fries at Neptune Oyster? Or, where does one find great fries in Boston?

So I finally made it there tonight. Had some nice oysters, really enjoyed the hot lobster roll, but was surprised and impressed most with the French fries! Perfectly cooked, right size, nice flavour, I could have eaten these all night and into tomorrow. They seemed to be made of a different potato than most, and boy did it work for me. I was a little disappointed I didn't see them as a stand alone on the menu.

Where else does everyone go for great fries?

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  1. Lots of places have decent friens, but Sel de la Terre, Brasserie Jo and Petit Robert Bistro have have excellent ones and I think they are addictive at the Beehive, although I haven't yet read the posting about why someone would never go back to the Beehive.

    1. River Gods on River Street in Cambridge. Their burger is among the top 3 or 4 in the area, but it's the fries that make this one great. The usual attributes: crisp outside, moist inside, clean potato taste, piping hot of course.

      But it's the aoli for dipping that blows them into the burger/fries stratospherre!!

      The rest of the menu deserves a separate post. What a great neighborhood place!

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      1. re: Win

        I adore the fries at River Gods. And their kimchee hand roll. And their seasonal, somewhat kitschy, decorations.

        1. I just had fabulous rosemary truffle fries at the Garden at the Cellar in Cambridge. Completely addictive.

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          1. re: Dea

            Will Gilson's yummy fries do not last long on the table.

            1. re: Dea

              I was about to post about these too! These fries are AMAZING. Just thinking about them is making me hungry now. My sweetie is not a fry person at all and he started actively stealing fries off my plate as soon as he tried one. I finally ordered him is own side order to keep him from eating all of mine!

            2. Vlora on Boylston has great fries...crispy outside, soft inside, great flavor

              1. I envy your metabolism. I love the fried clams at Neptune Oyster, and usually polish off a fair amount of lemon and tartar sauce as well, condiments I don't often resort to.

                It might be time to invite a friend, and add fries into the mix. Or maybe check them out on my own!

                Rosemary truffle fries sound delicious. I can't keep a bag of really good rosemary potato chips in the house.

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                1. re: chowfamily

                  Don't envy too much, my belly has a metabolism-envy issue and is deciding on therapy.

                  Oysters and a side of fries there would be a great option.

                  1. re: sailormouth

                    Be still my heart!

                    Maybe oysters, fried clams, and a side of fries...

                    I tried to order the fried oysters without the beef tongue, but was rebuffed. Probably just as well.

                    Fried food has to be selective for many, so the maximum ratio of deliciousness to calorie and cost in these reports is greatly appreciated!

                2. fries at Zaftig's :) and some potato pancakes to accompany them ;)

                  1. The best fries I've had in the Boston area are the house cured pommes frites at Temple Bar.

                    Most other french fries that I've tried are made from fresh, not cured potatoes. Fresh potatoes "are rich in sugars," says Malcolm Gladwell. "If you slice them up and deep-fry them the sugars will caramelize and brown the outside of the fry long before the inside is cooked. To make a crisp French fry, a potato has to be stored at a warm temperature for several weeks in order to convert those sugars to starch."


                    Not many restaurants take the trouble to cure their potatoes before frying them.

                    1. fries with truffle oil at the capital grill. they are good, but spendy!

                      1. Vlora for the pure quality of the fries, never mind the toppings that it comes with (it don't need no fancy toppings!)

                        I've also had some mighty fine truffle and cheese fries at Squealing Pig.

                        545 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

                        Squealing Pig
                        134 Smith St, Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120