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Top 10 Fave French Fries in L.A.

noahbites Sep 15, 2009 02:34 PM

Here are LA Weekly's top 10 french fry spots (alphabetically):

1. Church & State
2. Comme Ça
3. Father's Office
4. Golden State
5. Hungry Cat
6. Musso & Frank Grill
7. Nook
8. Oinkster
9. Skooby's
10. Wurstküche


They also listed their two runner up fries as Campanile and Umami Burger.


Anyone have any oversights? I've had a weird soft spot for the ones at Cafe Dahab, but mostly because I'll dip anything crunchy and salty into a garlic dip and be happy.

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    samtron608 Sep 15, 2009 02:35 PM

    i might get killed for bringing up a fast food chain...but something about del taco fries..i cant get enough of them!

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      Burger Boy Sep 15, 2009 03:15 PM

      del taco extra crispy!

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        noahbites Sep 15, 2009 03:18 PM

        They make something edible at Del Taco? Who knew?

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          dendet Sep 15, 2009 03:38 PM

          speaking of fast food fries..el pollo loco are surprising good...

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            ReelMike84 Sep 15, 2009 06:50 PM

            Yuk! El Pollo. Something about the oil they use bothers me.

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              tablefor1 Sep 16, 2009 10:42 PM

              everything about the oil bothers me. duck fat all the way!

    2. Servorg Sep 15, 2009 03:33 PM

      A seriously great list. One other place we really like the fries at is San Francisco Saloon on Pico Blvd. (just a little west of Sawtelle/405 Frwy) in WLA.

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      1. re: Servorg
        noahbites Sep 15, 2009 04:31 PM

        I've driven past there so many times. Is anything else there worth eating?

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          ldodb Sep 15, 2009 05:12 PM

          The burger can be pretty decent. Go for happy hour.

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            mollyomormon Sep 16, 2009 03:52 PM

            Any time you want to grab a burger, I'm in. It can be a little hit or miss, but sometimes they're able to nail it and cook it to rare perfection.

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          BHAppeal Sep 15, 2009 04:52 PM

          I'm surprised Jar didn't make the list. Their fries are terrific, especially teamed with the Lobster bernaise sauce on the side. Agree with Comme Ca being on the list -- their fries are pretty good as well, but not as crunchy on the outside, fluffy on the inside as those at Jar. (I suspect Jar soaks the fries in water for a bit,then twice fries them to get that effect -- I know that is the only way I've been able to get that texture and crunch at home.)

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            baloney Sep 15, 2009 04:57 PM

            Jar's is my absolute favorite. Nothing compares, at least in my mind. But I like Church and State's as well. Also agree with FO's sweet potato fries but disagree with Comme Ca. Didn't like theirs at all, unless things have changed drastically since the last time I've been.

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              rednyellow Sep 15, 2009 08:03 PM

              The one time I tried Comme Ca, the fries were way over cooked, hard, dark awful.

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                Servorg Sep 15, 2009 08:05 PM

                Maybe time to give 'em one last taste test and see if that was an aberration...

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                  rednyellow Sep 15, 2009 08:09 PM

                  The fries I like best in L.A. that are consistently good are at The Kitchen in Silverlake.
                  I like wurstkuche too. At the price Comme Ca charges, and as poor as the rest of the meal was, I wont be going back.

          2. maxzook Sep 15, 2009 05:02 PM

            I would've included 25 Degrees, Laurel Tavern and Boneyard Bistro.

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              hyacinthgirl Sep 17, 2009 11:46 AM

              Laurel tavern's are too potato-y for me, not enough crisp and fry, if that makes sense. But I'll 2nd 25 Degrees. They're addictive.

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              Hackenbush Sep 15, 2009 05:31 PM

              Glad they included Musso-Frank's but they might have mentioned that there are two kinds of fries there. You can order steak fries or shoestrings.

              Skooby's are great, too. I didn't care for the fries I got the one time at Hungry Cat but then the whole experience was so unpleasant that it was like they were doing everything wrong that day. (The chef got my entree wrong. We sent it back. They got it wrong again. We sent it back. They got it wrong again. We sent it back. It finally came out right but lousy.)

              The only other place on the list I've been is Father's Office, which I disliked so much that I don't even remember the fries.

              One place I really like the fries is Tusquella's, the seafood place in Farmers Market. Their fish is only so-so but the fries, when they're fresh, are quite good.

              1. wutzizname Sep 15, 2009 05:47 PM

                Kogi at Alibi. There's crack in them, I'm convinced.

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                  maudies5 Sep 15, 2009 06:18 PM

                  Although, I can not stand The Brentwood, for their mediocre and overpriced food, I have to say that their fries are great ( A good source told me that the secret was that the fries are fried in lard). Whatever!!!

                  1. re: maudies5
                    carter Sep 15, 2009 07:00 PM

                    No heresy there, the best fries can easily be fried in lard - one of the best ways to cook them. Others available, but no apologies required.

                  2. re: wutzizname
                    Dommy Sep 16, 2009 08:37 AM

                    Those are dang good fries....

                  3. 1newyorkguy Sep 15, 2009 06:45 PM

                    I am a father's office supporter. Their fries really are nothing extraordinary, though.

                    1. rednyellow Sep 15, 2009 08:14 PM

                      I also don't care for Golden States or Scooby's. Golden States were under cooked and bland. Scooby's, If I recall, were seasoned, like a seasoned salt kind of flavor. I don't care for that or for any seasoning on fries other than salt and maybe some parsley or other herb.

                      1. ipsedixit Sep 15, 2009 10:42 PM

                        The Bowery deserves to be in the discussion.

                        1. martyR Sep 16, 2009 08:14 AM

                          My favorite fries are at Langers

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                            Dommy Sep 16, 2009 08:38 AM

                            Although I love Skoobys the best... Langers does come in their own special category... I put them ABOVE the Golden State and Unami Burger fries for sure...


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                              Jeryy Sep 16, 2009 09:13 AM

                              Here's a little off the beaten track suggestion - the fries at JRs Barbecue on La Cienaga south of Washington are GREAT. Their barbecue is consistantly good, but the fries are exceptional. Plus the staff and owners are very upbeat and friendly. But sometimes I just go for a take-out bag of fries.

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                            BSW6490 Sep 16, 2009 02:33 PM

                            The best fries bar none are at McCormicks downtown. Need to order then extra hot and well done. As good as it gets.

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                              Lynndsey Rigberg Sep 16, 2009 03:15 PM

                              My favorite new fries are at the most random place....the Korean fried chicken joint near UCLA that fries everything in Olive Oil, fries included. I think the place is called BBQ chicken but it doesn't stand for barbeque - more like "best of best quality". I've never known a place that fries in olive oil....

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                                baloney Sep 16, 2009 05:32 PM

                                Just remembered that Morton's has great fries with their amazing lunch burger. I always go with the burger on my mind and am always wonderfully surprised at how good those fries are!

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                                  kevin Sep 16, 2009 08:12 PM

                                  how much does that burger run nowadays?

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                                  garyis Sep 16, 2009 08:53 PM

                                  hal's in venice. they are thicker than most listed here and are consistently good. something i can't say about skoobys, wurstkuche, golden state and i have never had good fries at comme ca. although not exactly fries i do like the fries and onions and fries combo at the grill and the palm.

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                                    maudies5 Sep 16, 2009 09:17 PM

                                    Reddi-Chick at the Brentwood Country Mart. Yum....

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                                      FKA Andrew Sep 17, 2009 11:07 AM

                                      Love the fries but not their BBQ sauce...

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                                    fredosfishfood Sep 16, 2009 10:59 PM

                                    Dino's! Just about the only place with craveable soggy fries--dripping in citrus chicken juice, of course.

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                                      mdpilam Sep 16, 2009 11:51 PM

                                      Ha, yes. I remember the first time I got the chicken special, and saw the soggy fries on the bottom - I was about to just throw em out, but I had a few, and I was like, OMG! these are delicious. They soak up all that citrus garlic marinade and are great.

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                                        andytseng Sep 17, 2009 01:36 AM

                                        I was gonna say something about Dino's and Pollos El Brasero, but it's less about the fries and more about the chicken dripping it's goodness on the fries.

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                                        schrutefarms Sep 17, 2009 04:07 AM

                                        1) McDonalds
                                        2)Chateau Marmont
                                        4)Diner @ the Standard Sunset
                                        6)sweet potato w/ garlic aioli @ Cobras and Matadors
                                        8)truffle fries @ the Foundation Room (House of Blues Sunset)
                                        10)Cantors (Don't give me grief about this one-I happen to think they're great)

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                                          wutzizname Sep 17, 2009 08:00 AM

                                          Don't apologize for Canter's. Them good greasy steak fries.

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                                            hyacinthgirl Sep 17, 2009 11:48 AM

                                            Absolutely, I was wondering if someone would be brave enough to mention Cantors. I'm behind you, taking on all comers. Great steak fries.

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                                            yummychomp Sep 17, 2009 06:48 AM

                                            did someone forget ISLANDS?- wow...a basket of these crisp skin on with the seasoning is magic...a must ...try it and be pleased

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                                              Servorg Sep 17, 2009 06:56 AM

                                              Islands has pretty good fries, except for this very strange penchant they have for cutting the majority of them up into much too short of a size. Hate that.

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                                                peppermonkey Sep 17, 2009 11:01 AM

                                                i did forget...and i must say they are great with the ranch they have there which i douse with a handful of pepper

                                              2. Ciao Bob Sep 17, 2009 11:09 AM

                                                New Entry in the Fry Wars: RH at the Andaz Hotel. Mighty, mighty good.

                                                1. hyacinthgirl Sep 17, 2009 11:50 AM

                                                  Garlic fries at Carlito's Gardel.
                                                  That and a bottle of wine and I'm happy.

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                                                    CucumberBoy Sep 17, 2009 12:03 PM

                                                    In the "soggy-with-chicken-fat" catagory, I give you Versailles. Man, those fries drenched in that citrus marinade just destroy me.

                                                    Oddly, I have a soft spot for Oki Dog's Bag O' Fries as well.

                                                    Best fries in town are the twice-cooked-in-lard I make myself...


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                                                    mexcook4life Sep 17, 2009 12:59 PM

                                                    Have you tried the fries (in the shape of potato chips) at the Bucket in Eagle Rock PDG they go real well with their mild cardiac burger. Also a great stand in for steak fries is Fat Burger I just wish they had mor locations.

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