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CurlieGlamourGirlie Feb 17, 2010 10:58 AM

The other night my husband and I were watching Cops on G4 I think and it was part of their "Junk Food TV" offerings. Their little logo for Junk Food TV had a fry basket full of crispy, thick fries. Of course now both of us are dying for good fries.

Any suggestions??

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    Scott_R Feb 17, 2010 06:38 PM

    European Republic
    339 New York Avenue
    Huntington, NY 11743-3579
    (631) 692-9330

    for Belgian-style fries.
    Review:
    http://www.exploreli.com/venues/europ...

    Everyone I've taken there for the fries has loved them.

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      wojiparu Feb 17, 2010 08:06 PM

      Waterzooi Garden City

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        dtolman Feb 22, 2010 10:35 AM

        Seconded - the fries (and dips) there are fantastic.

        If you haven't tried the wraps there - they are well worth it - great value and very good as well!

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          CurlieGlamourGirlie Feb 22, 2010 12:34 PM

          I love love love ER. Love their wraps and fries. Alas I no longer work on the North Shore, so it'd have to be a pilgrimage, but one that would be well worth it!

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        stuartlafonda Feb 17, 2010 08:58 PM

        All American

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          sbp Feb 17, 2010 09:49 PM

          Funny you should mention All American. After nearly 20 years living on Long Island, I finally tried the place. Fries were very good. The burger - nothing special. Good, not great. VERY thin patty, so that it pretty much has to be well done. Moreover, the thing with the West Coast style "thin thin thin" burger is that the ratio of meat to everything else is out of whack. The beef is not the dominant flavor.

          Anyway, my vote for best fries is 5 Guys. But you have to get them fresh and eat them in. They don't travel well because they aren't treated with starch, or glucose dip, etc...

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            Scott_R Feb 17, 2010 10:36 PM

            The two times I had the fries at 5G I found them nothing special, like the burgers. About a third of them were underdone and others were mealy (I ate them at the place).

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              stuartlafonda Feb 18, 2010 07:15 AM

              sbp The meat to bun ratio is indeed key, that is why the Double-Double is the way to go at All American. In the DD, the meat will be the dominant flavor. The fries however are the best item they serve. It is fast food so you need to get your fries as soon as they are made as they will,like all fries,deteriorate quickly.They cut the potatoes right there in the little kitchen area and then double fry them the french way, how many fast food places do that?

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                MacTAC Feb 18, 2010 04:04 PM

                X2 on the Double Double...

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              Gastronomos Feb 6, 2014 01:16 PM

              +1

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              budcar Feb 18, 2010 09:40 AM

              So far as diners are concerned, Taby's in Oyster Bay has the best french fries. I think they are frozen. I generally ask whether fries are fresh or frozen because that is the most significant difference to me. Unfortunately, it is rare to find fresh french fries any place on LI.

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                EZ Pass Feb 18, 2010 11:03 AM

                I don't know about All American Burger, but all the other places noted above use fresh potatoes--you can see sacks of them piled up at 5 Guys.

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                  Scott_R Feb 18, 2010 01:21 PM

                  It's been a while since I've been to All American in Massapequa, but they've been cutting them from fresh potatoes as long as I've known the place. The (manually operated) potato cutter is on the left side of the place, near the back. You can it pretty clearly when they operate it.

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                  coll Feb 18, 2010 02:33 PM

                  I was surprised to learn that Country Rotisserie (a small chain, don't know how far west) makes their own. I found out because they had a coupon for a free basket, no strings attached, and when I saw they said house made I had to try. They were nice, thin with skin on, very crispy but no oil flavor. (Obviously using non trans fat oil) I might even go back now and try their chicken and burgers, never would have tried otherwise.

                3. mcf Feb 22, 2010 02:27 PM

                  If you like sweet potato fries, the ones at Dixie's Smokehouse in Kings Park were greaseless and superb on my single visit there.

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                    stuartlafonda Apr 8, 2014 04:57 PM

                    Bumping an old thread...........

                    Fellow 'hound Erica Marcus reports Shake Shack has changed over to fresh cut fries

                    http://long-island.newsday.com/restau...

                    I had them last Saturday and was a little less satisfied then Erica. They were to short and skinny, though very tasty and still much better then all the frozen stuff out there that makes up 99% of the market.

                    For "fast food style" I still go All American one and Five Guys when done right, number two, followed by Shake Shack. The Shack is still my favorite "fast food style" burger so the improvement just adds to my pleasure. By the way, the lines even at peak hours is not terrible and moves fast.Last Saturday at 5, I waited a total of twenty minutes from in the door to food in my hands.

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                      emarcus Apr 8, 2014 05:26 PM

                      Stuart, did you see this, embedded in the Shake Shack post? Our favorite fries on LI:

                      http://long-island.newsday.com/restau...

                      You cannot beat this dinner at Hildebrandt's: fries accompanied by a chocolate ice-cream soda.

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                        Gastronomos Apr 8, 2014 05:43 PM

                        LOVE that y'all included Hildebrandt's fries. Exactly like they are served in Greece. And how my mom made them, hand cut rounds, shallow fried. I can taste them now!
                        But the European Republic fries were not all that great the other day, maybe a place that needs to be revisited...

                    2. coll Apr 8, 2014 06:19 PM

                      Since this has been revived, I'm surprised I didn't mention one of our favorite hole in the walls; Howards Pub in Patchogue (in the Waldbaum shopping center on Sunrise). You have a choice of two types of fries, one being the ubiquitous spicy waffle or something like that. Don't fall for it. Get the house made fries, a big Idaho sliced in quarters and fried to perfection. Or sometimes when he's busy, chopped and fried almost like a hash brown. There is so much we always take the leftovers home for a fry up the next morning.

                      Not to mention, the meal is price fixe, $10 (or maybe 12 now?) for all you can drink wine, beer or soda; an old fashioned salad set up with several dressings, croutons and onions, lettuce, tomato and so on; and an unbelievable burger with the fries, on a hard roll. Or I should say, burger, or grilled chicken breast, or veggie burger, maybe I'm forgetting something, all with a choice of two toppings (various cheeses, mushrooms, onions, I can't remember half of them). If you're in the area and want a totally full, home style meal for two for around $20, do yourself a favor and check it out!

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                        emarcus Apr 8, 2014 06:34 PM

                        Coll, that's why we pay you the big bucks!

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                          coll Apr 8, 2014 06:36 PM

                          You are the best! Ha.....talk about Cheap Eats, right?

                          Oh and to top it all off, the waitresses are fantastic. It's a really happy place, good vibrations.

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                        jackflag Apr 9, 2014 07:22 AM

                        Can't say they are the best, but I really enjoy the fries at Press 195 in Rockville Centre. Pretty good beer on tap as well.

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                          Scott_R Apr 9, 2014 01:15 PM

                          They still serve the beer freezing cold at Press195? I thought it unfortunate that they ruin good beer so.

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                            jackflag Apr 9, 2014 02:19 PM

                            I've never noticed that the beer was too cold. I'll have to go back for further research.

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                              Scott_R Apr 9, 2014 11:18 PM

                              There was a brief chat about it here on Chowhound and the owner participated (due to some bizarre Chow rules about owners talking about their own business, the thread was deleted). It seemed to have been a misapprehension of an article written by Brooklyn brewery's brewmeister. Press195's owner pointed to it as support for the position to serve beer at just above freezing temps, but the article actually noted that craft beers should be served at a range of higher temps (the particular beer in question having a serving temp of about 50 degrees).

                              They hadn't changed things when I'd gone back some time after (including freezing the glasses), but it's been quite a while since.

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                                phantomdoc Apr 12, 2014 11:17 AM

                                Old Joke:
                                Why do the English drink warm beer?
                                The refrigerators are made by Jaguar.-

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                                  Scott_R Apr 12, 2014 12:19 PM

                                  Almost as old: why do Americans drink cold beer? To numb the palate to the fact that the beer has no taste.

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