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Jul 25, 2009 09:40 AM

Fries in Montreal

Where do you go for the best fries in Montreal? In the past on this Montreal board, people have asked for fish & chips suggestions, but I don't think specifically for fries.

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  1. I've always liked the fries at La Paryse

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      1. re: eat2much

        Agreed, but not as great as the ones at Patati Patata!

        1. re: passthatversace

          Patati Patata is closed until August something for vacation... saw a sign on the window today :o

          1. re: afoodyear

            yes, i learned that the hard way two days ago, when i made the trek up st. laurent blvd only to find out it was closed :(

        2. re: eat2much

          Definitely, they are so addictive!

        3. re: bomobob

          I was actually really, REALLY dissappointed in the fries at La Paryse. Yummy burger but the fries were subpar imo.

          I love the mcKibbins fries. A classic with mayo. Might want to check Ne Brasa while you're there.

          1. I think it all depends on your definition of the perfect fry. Mine is double-fried, very crispy on the outside and very fluffy on the inside. No batter, no seasoning except for salt. Not easy to find. I seem to remember the fries at L'Express being pretty good. I know the ones at Leméac are worth a try. I have an idealised memory of the fries at Lux. I remember them as being perfect, but I don't know if that's just me being nostalgic.

            I also have a soft spot for brown, greasy and sweet fries, because that's what I grew up eating. There are a number of places that do those well.

            I will however go out on a limb and say that I don't particularly like the fries at APDC. They seem to be a compromise between the Quebecois and Belgian styles and that just doesn't do it for me. In fact I don't really like anything deep-fryed at APDC because it always tastes greasy and/or burnt.

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            1. re: SnackHappy

              Just the mention of Lux brings back fond but fuzzy memories of late night binges of burgers (served with English muffins instead of buns) and delicious fries with mayo on the side. Just what the doctor ordered after bar hopping along Bishop Street and then St-Laurent. Lux was fantastic (or it could have been all the booze).

              1. re: SnackHappy

                Lux's fries were indeed pretty close to perfect, as I recall! That was our go-to restaurant for many was such a shame when it closed.

                1. re: cherylmtl

                  I had a love-hate relationship with Lux... as a poor student I was appalled the first time I went and paid close to 5$ for one of their funny burgers.... do remember the fries being quite good and it was always fun to peruse the mags at 4am. I feel they tried too hard to be cool.

                  oops... just noticed how old this thread is... oh well, interesting to think about Lux anyway

                2. re: SnackHappy

                  I was at L'express this past week and yes, the fries are amazing. I had a huge pile on my plate and I swore I would eat only half of them...NOT! I just kept scoffing them until there was nothing left on my plate. A tad shameful since my company were polite ladies that left half their food, indeed!
                  "I also have a soft spot for brown, greasy and sweet fries"
                  In that category, my fave are from La Quebecoise.

                  L'Express Restaurant
                  3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W2M4, CA

                  Québécoise Hot Dog
                  3520 Rue Ontario E, Montreal, QC H1W1R5, CA

                  1. re: hungryann

                    L'Express' fries are certainly noteworthy - though I think they should put a note on the menu that they're fried with peanut oil... perhaps I just know too many people with nut allergies that wouldn't think to find it in their frites.

                    1. re: afoodyear

                      never found any good fries in montreal, even the old french frie truck with real potatoes thickly cut provided memorable fries but after a summer in Belgian eating their fresh fries with mayo (potatoes were growing near our apartment in Brussels, I have never seen a potato field in montreal area!) montreal has never come up to mark including Patati Patata. I cannot recall having good real fries here but will keep my eye on this column in case i get a longing for oldfashioned fries.
                      . We in Montreal have put up with mediocre and bland, fake fries for too long, I avoid them here whenever i can, negotiating for baked potato, salad, any substitute!

                      1. re: afoodyear

                        The standard for frites used to always be peanut oil ... anyone with a serious food allergy should always ask.

                      2. re: hungryann

                        L'Express fries are thin(just a guess)?

                        1. re: BLM

                          No, regular size I would say:not thin, not thick.

                    2. Noteworthy fries:

                      L'Express - I did not realize they were done in peanut oil. I thought maybe they were fried in duck fat they were so delicious, and had such a depth of flavour. But I love those fries. Too bad they don't do take-out.

                      Sparrow: really yummy fries, with what appears to be house-made mayo. Yum.

                      Schwartzes fries: something about them. They can on good days be sublime. On bad days, they are at least a mandatory item in the smoked meat sandwich meal.

                      Banquise: not bad, not bad. But I usually have them in poutine form, which isn't the same as naked fries.

                      I recently had a bag of the soft sweet Quebec-style fries near the Douglas Hospital in Verdun. I have no idea where they were from, but boy they hit the spot, greasy, salty, mushy, potatoey goodness. Now I don't know how they'd stand up on a regular eating day, but that day they were awesome, and I thought, so that's the appeal.

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                      1. re: moh

                        Add a splash of vinegar to the Quebec style fries and it's pure heaven but like you say, you gotta be in the mood for them.

                        1. re: hungryann

                          I detest them. Does nobody like any of the Frite Alors outlets or franchises? I very much enjoyed the crunch frites I treated myself to on my birthday, a couple of months ago. I know Frite Alors places vary greatly in quality - mine were from the little stand at Jean-Talon market.

                          I only allow myself frites a few times a year but will try Patati Patata and Romados, especially since they aren't far away.

                          1. re: lagatta

                            Frite Alors Park Ave has never disappointed with fries. It's our go to place in the neighbourhood. Poutine's great too, if a bit pricey.

                            1. re: lagatta

                              I've had terrible fries at the Frites Alors on St-Denis & in the Old Port. And I mean, terrible.

                              1. re: nonpareils

                                I've never had fries at any other location than Parc Ave, where the only quibble is whether you get a healthy sized serving or a skimpy one.
                                Frites Alors could suffer from being a chain without the same kind of control over food and prep as a traditional chain (ie Golden Starches), so there could be a higher degree of variation between spots. Just my guess.

                        2. Patati Patata for thin fries and Romados for thicker ones. Both equally as good and unsurpassed.

                          1. Decarie Hot Dog fries ;p with salt and vinegar of course...

                            Romados 2nd on my list though.

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                            1. re: J1836

                              For cheapie fries I definitely like the Romados ones (they have some sort of yummy seasoning salt on them too). But they're a little on the soggy side. I expect proper frites to be crispy and nice for dipping in mayo.

                              1. re: eoj

                                Romados fries are overrated to me. I heard good about them but they don't even look like real fries to me, they look more like oven baked fries... Not that they are bad, it's just that I don't really consider them fries.

                                1. re: Ghostquatre

                                  they are nothing like oven baked fries. they are often very crispy - maybe they don't stand up to styrofoam but i've always been satisfied with their crispyness. my complaint against them is that they are too salty. i like the seasoning they put toooo much - it's a slap in the face alright