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Best place for fries and ice cream, together!

C Elise Oct 7, 2009 08:09 AM

This should be an easy one, but you would not believe the soggy, overcooked fries, and the saccharine sweet ice cream that I've delved into lately.

So now I'm on a quest for one of my favorite things in the world; crispy, thin fries dipped into creamy, (not too sweet) ice cream. Salty. Sweet. Crispy. Creamy. How can you go wrong?

The only thing that has come close thus far is shake shack, but we all know what the lines are like there!

Any suggestions? (Around the east village would also be awesome)

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    Nancy S. RE: C Elise Oct 7, 2009 11:16 AM

    Clinton Street Baking Company has very good fries and excellent ice cream. I had both (separately, however) last week. With the ice cream, I can highly recommend the black and white cake and the apple pie -- both were fresh and delicious.

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      windycity RE: C Elise Oct 7, 2009 11:20 AM

      interesting combination. i'm not sure i've tried fries n ice cream but fries and honey are great. (discovered at my Mcikey D days, long long ago.) you could grab the pommes frites and then go to Gem Shop for a scoop or a milkshake even if you like that consistency, but the pommes frites are not shoestring style but rather thick cut.

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        a213b RE: windycity Oct 7, 2009 11:33 AM

        Yeah, my first thought was Pommes Frites and the Van Leuwen truck which is oftentimes right there nearby, but if you have to have shoestring then I am not sure what to tell you.

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          C Elise RE: a213b Oct 14, 2009 09:13 PM

          Yeah, you know I have to say that I was kinda disappointed by Pommes Frites. The rosemary garlic mayo I got was outstanding, but the fries were greasy and all fell apart in my then greasy little hands!

          Have you guys tried cup and cones around the corner there on.... 9th st. (I think)? That place is pretty good.

          This is my original dilemma though... By the time you get the fries to the ice cream, the fried are cold. By the time you get the ice cream to the fries, the ice cream has melted!!! What's a girl to do?

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            a213b RE: C Elise Oct 15, 2009 09:03 AM

            I understand what you're saying, though I will say I've only had one subpar experience at Pommes Frites out of the numerous times I've had them. And I know this past weekend the Van Leeuwen truck was literally parked right in front of it, so there'd be no concerns over the fries being too cold or the ice cream melting. I mean ... it was 5 steps from door to truck!

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              kathryn RE: C Elise Oct 15, 2009 02:05 PM

              Sundaes & Cones?

              Sundaes and Cones
              95 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

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                C Elise RE: kathryn Oct 15, 2009 09:22 PM

                Yes! The pistachio, hazelnut combo I got was gooooood.

                I have to say that I've tried the Van Leeuwen truck; I tried the mint chocolate chip, and I was really, really sad because I was kinda disappointed and I really, really didn't want to be.

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                  a213b RE: C Elise Oct 16, 2009 07:26 AM

                  Yeah ... I didn't love the mint chocolate chip either, but I figured that was due to being spoiled by my wife's AMAZING version she does at home.

                  Sad to hear the rest of it doesn't work out ... I will definitely have to try Sundaes and Cones ... we've walked by it several times and I always note it.

                  BTW, if you're disappointed by Van Leuwen, please for the love of all things good run away from the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck. Maybe I was expecting too much, but it's basically Mr. Softee soft-serve with store-bought toppings. Knowing it had been nominated for a Vendy I cannot even begin to describe my disappointment when I finally tried it.

                  So sad ...

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                    kathryn RE: a213b Oct 16, 2009 08:11 AM

                    I haven't really seen the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck described as anything BUT Mr. Softee with custom toppings.

                    I've had the Salty Pimp: canilla ice cream, dulce de leche, sea salt, dipped into chocolate. It was pretty good!

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                      windycity RE: kathryn Oct 16, 2009 08:22 AM

                      i think it's about expectations - Van Leuwen's markets itself as upscale organic ice cream, and doesn't deliver IMHO. It's crumbly, the texture is off, there's not a great mouthfeel and probably not enough fat content for me. Big Gay Ice Cream truck is Mr. Softee with fun toppings in a fun truck. I don't expect the superlative.

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                        a213b RE: windycity Oct 16, 2009 10:00 AM

                        Oh I agree ... like I said my expectations were far too high. Not having read about it I was expecting something more like artisanal ice cream with inventive toppings and such.

                        It's fun, but perhaps because I didn't grow up on Mr. Softee I don't have the same appreciation, because it tastes like terrible soft serve to me.

                        I was also bummed because, there's nothing done there that I cannot do at home. It's all store bought.

                        Again, for me it was just a matter of having the wrong idea about what it would be.

                        And I agree with you about VL ... not nearly as good as hyped, but when I suggested it it was only in an effort to provide the OP with a means to fulfill her desire for hot fries with cold ice cream.

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                a213b RE: C Elise Oct 17, 2009 07:40 PM

                Just wanted to let you know I had Pommes Frites tonight and they were fantastic. Nice and pillowy interior with a bit of a crispy crunch on the exterior. Had the Roasted Garlic and the Mango Chutney sauces (with a side of Jalapenos) and they were deee-lish!

                They were not greasy at all, and really stood up, so maybe when you went they had an off night?

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                  windycity RE: a213b Oct 18, 2009 06:58 PM

                  They definitely have off nights. I've noticed the fries aren't as great on nights with high humidity. The best sauce is the mango mayo.

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              C Elise RE: windycity Oct 14, 2009 09:14 PM

              I TOTALLY know what you're talking about with the honey and Mickey D's fries...

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              JMJD RE: C Elise Oct 14, 2009 10:04 PM

              OK, I remember Stand having some good shakes (toasted marshmellow) but the fries did not leave an impression. But you might give them a try....

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                kathryn RE: JMJD Oct 15, 2009 02:08 PM

                The fries there are super thin and crispy -- probably not strong enough to dip into ice cream.

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                  uwsister RE: kathryn Oct 17, 2009 11:55 AM

                  Love their sweet potato fries! Not at all soggy.

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                    windycity RE: uwsister Oct 18, 2009 07:01 PM

                    Oooh, Stand has sweet potato fries? Somehow the ice cream hasn't been enough of a draw but I am a sucker for good sweet potato fries. The best I've had have been shoestring cut.

              2. princeofpork RE: C Elise Oct 15, 2009 06:39 AM

                You have to get a large fries and chocolate shake at McDonalds and dip the fries in the shake. Its the best combination of salty and sweet. Dont get too fancy on this one, go old school.

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                  kelea RE: princeofpork Oct 15, 2009 07:33 AM

                  oh definitely! i'm a fan or the fries with a hot fudge sundae though...but yeah old school is the way to go

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                    davisready RE: kelea Oct 15, 2009 11:21 AM

                    I agree with the Fries and Hot Fudge Sundae!

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                      princeofpork RE: davisready Oct 15, 2009 11:49 AM

                      I used to stick a fry in the straw and drink the shake. How good is that?

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                      C Elise RE: kelea Oct 15, 2009 09:17 PM

                      Yes! That's what I'm talking about!!! But- not sure if I could bring myself to tromping into Mickey D's. Surely there's got to be somewhere better than that!

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                    wew RE: C Elise Oct 15, 2009 12:01 PM

                    Pearl on Cornelia has great shoestring fries and a fine praline sundae

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                      C Elise RE: wew Oct 15, 2009 09:19 PM

                      This sounds the best so far, thanks!

                    2. LeahBaila RE: C Elise Oct 15, 2009 12:07 PM

                      Wendy's (no, I'm not kidding)


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                        princeofpork RE: LeahBaila Oct 15, 2009 12:53 PM

                        Those Frostys rock!!

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                        fourunder RE: C Elise Oct 15, 2009 12:58 PM


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                          C Elise RE: fourunder Oct 15, 2009 09:19 PM

                          Really? Do they have any ice cream type item on the menu? I've had their fries (not bad) with oysters and champagne (seriously one of my favorite combos), but I can't remember seeing anything creamy and sweet...

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                            fourunder RE: C Elise Oct 16, 2009 05:28 AM

                            Maybe a little too much champagne and oysters......eh?



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                              C Elise RE: fourunder Oct 18, 2009 06:52 AM

                              Yeah, that wouldn't be the first time that's happened... haha.

                              I'd be more than willing to give it a try. It is all under one roof after all! Thanks so much for the link. I can't wait to see the servers face when I order some after dinner fries...

                        2. DarthEater RE: C Elise Oct 17, 2009 03:05 AM

                          Whole Foods on Houston has il lab and pommes frites under one roof.

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                            kathryn RE: DarthEater Oct 17, 2009 08:41 AM

                            They replaced all the Il Laboratorio counters with Ciao Bella a little while back.

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                            billyeats RE: C Elise Oct 18, 2009 07:12 PM

                            Someone glossed over the Stand idea, but that toasted marshmallow shake is one of the greatest dessert creations in the city. Their fries go quite nicely with it. One of my favorite combos.

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                              C Elise RE: billyeats Oct 22, 2009 07:18 AM

                              What about the concrete (am I spelling that right?) fries combo at the shake shack? I can't believe I didn't think of that!

                              I've had their fries (which I like) but I've never had one of their shakes or... concretes. Can anyone advise to that combo?

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                                C Elise RE: C Elise Oct 22, 2009 07:34 PM

                                DUH! Strike that! I obviously didn't read my original post... my bad.

                                BUT, I really haven't tried the custards there and am genuinely curious....

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                                  windycity RE: C Elise Oct 23, 2009 12:14 PM

                                  concretes are fairly thick but not a proper midwestern style concrete - ie, the type that you can turn upside down and not have anything fall out. but it's also not authentic frozen custard by my Midwestern tastes either.

                                  I think their seasonal flavors are stronger - had a pretty darn good salty caramel a while ago.

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                                    C Elise RE: windycity Oct 24, 2009 07:08 AM

                                    I had no idea that they were a midwestern thing...

                                    I've been very curious about the salty caramel one. Thanks!

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                                      kelea RE: C Elise Oct 24, 2009 10:06 AM

                                      I'm with windycity on this - the salted caramel is delicious!

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