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Best FRIES in San Diego???

DFB Aug 18, 2008 11:58 PM

So where do you love to eat FRENCH FRIES!!! when you go out in San Diego? I love Islands' fries. Most of there food isn't incredible, but the fries are great----skin on and everything, extra crispy!!1 good place for the fam too

so where do you get your french fries?

  1. honkman Aug 19, 2008 12:08 AM

    The frites at Cafe Chloe you get for the steak et frites. They put the steak on top of the frites and the fat will add a nice taste to the frites.

    1. ibstatguy Aug 19, 2008 11:10 AM

      I like Chloe's as well as Ave 5, Bertrand at Mister A's, I know I'm forgetting one or two other places

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        Maxmdwinter Aug 19, 2008 01:57 PM

        My faves:

        1. The Pearl Hotel - crispy topped with salt, cracked pepper and herbs
        2. The Glass Door - thin shoestrings lightly salted
        3. Cafe Chloe - yeah, they've been great for a few years now
        4. McDonald's (Hillcrest) - because it'd be sort of unAmerican not to include it

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        1. re: Maxmdwinter
          lovesfood11 Aug 19, 2008 02:19 PM

          Claim Jumper shoestring fries

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          ginael Aug 19, 2008 04:20 PM

          This is a great question. I love the pommes frites at Vagabond. They are crispy, skinny, and covered in rosemary (or is it basil?). As for a vice, the french fries at Wendy's are delectable too!

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            Aengus Aug 19, 2008 05:30 PM

            I like Belgian Frie.

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              honkman Aug 19, 2008 06:03 PM

              I really like the numerous dips at Belgian Fries but was surprised that a place which is specialized in fries has only average ones, IMO

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              mimosa Aug 19, 2008 05:35 PM

              Agree on Cafe Chloe and also like the fries at Farmhouse and Pamplemousse. OTOH, not so keen on the sweet potato fries I've had lately at a couple different spots like Urban Solace. Had them someplace else but can't recall where.

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                Fake Name Aug 19, 2008 07:16 PM


              2. kare_raisu Aug 19, 2008 07:24 PM

                I know its not SD, but if you find yourself in Ensenada - go to Muelle 3. Order the ode to potato plate - tortilla espanola and papas fritas.

                I have never tasted better french fries in my life.

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                  daantaat Aug 19, 2008 09:00 PM

                  thin, shoestring fries--Cafe Chloe (LOVE their trio of dips!)
                  thicker cut--Oceanaire
                  fast food--Jack in the Box curly fries

                  I was grossly disappointed in the fries at Tapenade and Cavaillon--nothing special at either place.

                  I may be spacing on some other places....

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                    encinitaseater Aug 19, 2008 09:18 PM

                    About the only time I eat french fries are at fast-food joints with a burger. So ... at the expense of having to turn in my Chowhound membership card, I gotta throw a shout out here to In N Out Burger. They're always freshly made, crispy, and have that real potato taste. I know it's not fine cuisine, but for french fries, they're really good, am I right?

                    1. re: encinitaseater
                      ibstatguy Aug 19, 2008 09:25 PM

                      In n Out animal style fries...

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                        jensvp Jan 6, 2009 09:56 PM

                        I love the animal style fries at In n Out.

                        Although part of me wishes I had never found out about them! I used to just get the burger and pass on the fries and now half of the time I go I get the burger and the animal style fries! Too much food but sooooooo good!

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                        Cathy Aug 19, 2008 10:05 PM


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                          gpdexter Aug 19, 2008 11:17 PM

                          It's weird, encinitaseater. I cannot eat In-N-Out fries by themselves. I find them lacking something. But strangely, they work perfectly in concert with a burger and shake. It's what keeps me going back there.

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                            encinitaseater Aug 20, 2008 10:58 AM

                            I can see that. It's a whole meal, I guess. :) And yes, animal style fries are amazing. Is it lunch time yet? ;)

                          2. re: encinitaseater
                            cmhuang Aug 19, 2008 11:19 PM

                            i like mine well-done at in-n-out.

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                          DougOLis Aug 19, 2008 11:51 PM

                          Do any restaurants use duck fat for frying in San Diego?

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                            cstr Aug 20, 2008 09:38 AM

                            Oh my, nirvana! I've had them but, not in SD.

                          2. abacal Aug 20, 2008 05:51 AM

                            Bleu Boehm makes delicious fries with lavendar!

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                              ibstatguy Aug 20, 2008 07:13 AM

                              agree, have been there a couple of times in last week and had them both times

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                              Lynnester Aug 20, 2008 11:58 AM

                              Avenue 5. Was there last night. The fries and burger were great.

                              1. jmtreg Jan 7, 2009 09:29 PM

                                The fries at Tioli's Crazee Burger are addictive - they may not be the best in town, but they're damn close. Oh, and the fries at the Ritual Tavern excellent.

                                1. Steve Green Jan 8, 2009 07:43 AM

                                  We love the fries at Hodad's -- crunchy outside, with a creamy, almost-baked-potato inside. Oh, and be sure to get a burger with those. :o)

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                                  1. re: Steve Green
                                    sdaints Jan 8, 2009 09:58 PM

                                    The Hodad's fries aren't bad but I think they are way too thick. I have lived in other cities where there are lots of places with great cheese fries. I don't mean a place that dumps nacho cheese on fries. I don't see this offered much in SD. Are there any places who do it right? It is a great combination.

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                                    epicureous eggplant Jan 9, 2009 05:43 AM

                                    Garlic Cheese Fries at Gaglione Bros

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