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foodtourismrocks Jun 12, 2008 11:38 AM

Anywhere to get these delicious belgium fries in Boston?
In NYC I get my fix here: http://www.pommesfrites.ws/

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    Applejakx Jun 17, 2008 08:50 PM

    Anyone like the fries at 28 degrees? I like the mayo they serve with them, or at least did last summer...

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      epeselman Jun 15, 2008 04:04 PM

      Central Kitchen in Central Sq.I would say has the best pommes frites and moules frittes in the city hands down!

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        teezeetoo Jun 15, 2008 06:22 PM

        washington square tavern in brookline makes great fries as does the fireplace in brookline - also had great fries at Eastern Standard Kitchen

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        edebudeliao Jun 14, 2008 10:02 AM

        for outstanding French fries in Harvard Sq, try the ones at Garden at the Cellar -- they're just like McDonald's, but with rosemary

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          winedude Jun 13, 2008 08:07 AM

          You won't get the sauces, but if you're looking for great, fresh cut fries, and cheap too, I'd recommend Flat Patties in Harvard Square, as has been discussed before.

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            rlh Jun 15, 2008 01:09 PM

            Note Flat Patties are fresh cut, skin on, shoestring (very thin) and in my case, freshly fried (once?), but not so crispy and cut into smithereens-virtually all under 3 inches long - not my style or preference.

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            yankeefan Jun 12, 2008 05:48 PM

            Just came back from Boston for work- as always, had the frites at the Publick House in Brookline with the mussel pots. Great Belgian pub, perhaps the best, with a beer selection to die for and Belgian grub that is truly truly top notch.

            I wish we had one in Jersey.

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              steinpilz Jun 12, 2008 06:36 PM

              Glad that you had a good time at the Publick House, it's a great place IMO. I do also like the Triumph Brewery in Princeton, Harvest Moon in New Brunswick, and Basil T's in Red Bank.

            2. greygarious Jun 12, 2008 03:49 PM

              In the 1990's, there were restaurants in this area called Pommes Frites. The original one was a Harvard Square bistro which was, I think, in the Garage. They had great fries and wonderful sandwiches. There was at least one other location, with a more limited menu, in either the Liberty Tree or North Shore mall. Is this place related?

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                itaunas Jun 13, 2008 06:47 AM

                Are you sure this wasn't on Eliot street, in a basement location that is now Takemura (when it opened it was all Japanese as opposed to Shilla, but I think they now also do Korean and changed names at one point), next to the California pizza kitchen there? I think they offered things more along the lines of stuffed fries in baskets -- chili fries, etc, rather than fries in a cone with dipping sauce. I am on the fence in remembering whether they had sandwiches -- that seems vaguely familiar, but I sort of think when they opened they didn't have it.

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                  beetlebug Jun 13, 2008 07:13 AM

                  Pommes Frites is where Takemura (Eliot Street) is now. After PF it was some other Japanese place before becoming Takemura. I remember really liking the PF fries but don't remember whether they were in baskets or cones.

                  Wow, that was over 10 years ago.

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                foodtourismrocks Jun 12, 2008 03:04 PM

                Pomme Frites 's differentiator from french fries is in the dipping sauces and the double frying for extra crispiness.

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                  BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jun 12, 2008 03:34 PM

                  Most french fries are double-fried as well, unless you're talking about, like, McDonald's.

                  I've been to that place in New York too: good sauces, but the frites themselves are absolutely nothing special. I can (and do) make better with an Oxo mandoline and a cast-iron deep fryer with some peanut oil.

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                    hargau Jun 12, 2008 05:03 PM

                    And if your in france even McDonald's are "pomme frites".... Yes i went to McDonalds in France! I like to check them out in other countries. Japans was my favorite but thats a whole different topic... They had a great shrimp-burger.

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                    terrystu Jun 13, 2008 11:34 AM

                    Not true, pomme frites in France are rarely served with any sauce, and practically all good french fries are double fried, whether in the U.S. or Europe.

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                    afty698 Jun 12, 2008 02:46 PM

                    Last summer Orleans in Davis Square was doing a weekly special where you got an order of mussels and pommes frites for around $12. The frites were delicious, as were the mussels. I'm usually not a huge fan of Orleans, but this meal was especially good.

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                      fmcoxe6188 Jun 13, 2008 07:39 AM

                      Actually- Orleans Mussels are one of my favorites in the city. I havent seen this as a meal, but they do have Mussels on their menu as an appetizer normally.

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                      hargau Jun 12, 2008 01:11 PM

                      The best fries are always at the fairs around here. The trucks that cut them fresh and drop them right into the hot oil. So many agricultural fairs in this area every year.

                      also If you call them fries instead of frites you can save about 50% off the price

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                        Blumie Jun 12, 2008 02:37 PM

                        Exactly. Pommes frites = french fries. No difference. And while we're at it, Belgian fries = pommes frites = french fries, except that if a place is offering "Belgian fries," don't be surprised if they're served with mayo instead of ketchup (as is the case at Markt, a terrific Belgian restaurant in NYC).

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                          Chrispy75 Jun 12, 2008 08:20 PM

                          Actually, there is a difference between Belgian frites and American french fries. Traditional Belgian frites use bintje potatoes and are fried twice. Also, in Belgium there are many different types of dipping sauces available, not just mayo.

                          When the Publick House first began serving them they used these type of potaoes, but I am not sure if they still do.

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                            BobB Jun 13, 2008 06:53 AM

                            Double frying is pretty standard, far more recipes call for it than don't.

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                          rlh Jun 12, 2008 03:05 PM

                          Actually, I think many fries/frites are fried, cooled, and fried again to get really crispy - while the fresh cut ones at fairs and trucks are really tasty-but seldom as crispy in my experience - I need the best to be golden brown and crispy - for me they are pretty consistently this way at - yes - McDonalds and Central Kitchen (where they don't seem to have ever been frozen and are cut a bit thicker and served with far better salt).

                        3. Science Chick Jun 12, 2008 12:38 PM

                          Les Zygomates has really yummy frites, as does Sel del la Terre.......nothing as marvelous as those dipping sauces, though!! In NYC, the hand cut fries at Taim are my fav...served w/aoili!

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                            tschuetz Jun 12, 2008 12:10 PM

                            The Beehive has great Pomme Frites...they are sliced really thin and served with fried sage and sea salt. Order the artichoke appetizer alongside them... so you can use the aoili for dipping!

                            I have a few Beehive reviews on my site too: http://www.bostonfoodandwhine.blogspo...

                            1. Angel Food Jun 12, 2008 12:04 PM

                              God I wish there was a spot like that here. Have been to that little place in NYC - yum. I did enjoy the fries at Duckfat in Portland.........

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                                grant.cook Jun 12, 2008 12:27 PM

                                I enjoy the ones at Temple Bar in Cambridge.. between Porter and Harvard on Mass Ave...

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                                  gyppielou Jun 12, 2008 05:56 PM

                                  I WILL drive back to Portland in the fall, not only because it is dog friendly and a fun town, but DuckFat is worth the drive. Dipping those fries cooked in duckfat into duck gravy while sharing a confit duck sandwich.......that's what I'm talking about!!!

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