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Best french fries near Harvard Square?

mahler5 May 1, 2010 02:55 PM

Can anyone hazard an opinion? Please describe your french fry aesthetic when offering a suggestion.

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    Blumie Jun 17, 2010 07:50 AM

    The fries that come with Central Kitchen's steak frites are pretty addictive: thin, crisp, salty, soaking in the meaty juices.

    1. steinpilz Jun 17, 2010 03:33 AM

      I'll add my usual vote for Casablanca, not so thin and more crunchy.

      1. Science Chick May 6, 2010 09:29 AM

        I've not tried them myself, but the fries at River Gods outside of Central Sq. are usually well regarded. They are on my list..........

        River Gods
        125 River St, Cambridge, MA 02139

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        1. re: Science Chick
          jennkay36 Jun 17, 2010 03:19 AM

          The All Star Sandwich Bar in Inman Square serves them by the basket. Very straight-forward-lovely-brown-crispy-on-the-outside, soft on the inside. Not exotic with parmesan-truffle-poutin, but a great straight-forward fry.

          All Star Sandwich Bar
          1245 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

          1. re: jennkay36
            celeriac Jun 17, 2010 08:07 AM

            While All Star doesn't have parmesan or truffle on their fries (thank goodness), they do offer both poutine and chili-cheese version. Their chili is pretty slamming, but it does result in a fairly messy, soggy eating experience.

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          suzysue2 May 6, 2010 09:10 AM

          The fries that come with the steak frites at Rendezvous in Central are off the hook, thick ultra-crunchy, nice potato-y inside. I am pretty sure you have to order the the steak to get them though, which is also delicious.

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          1. re: suzysue2
            celeriac Jun 17, 2010 08:06 AM

            Hmm... I seriously disagree with this, but I guess different strokes for different folks. Great steak at Rendezvous but the fries seem like oven fries, and more of the steak fry school... ok, but not really a fry in my book. While I thought the food there was great, this was the weakest link for me. Central Kitchen across the street has them soundly beaten on that point.

            Central Kitchen
            567 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

          2. MC Slim JB May 3, 2010 11:22 AM

            I like the Belgian twice-fried pommes frites style.

            Not available standalone, I don't think, but Harvest does nice fries with their steak-frites and poutine at the bar.

            The Russell House Tavern does very nice frites, too, a huge portion for $6.


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            1. re: MC Slim JB
              tatsu May 7, 2010 03:37 AM

              Seems like frites are standard "gastropub" fare.

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              Canadian Tuxedo May 3, 2010 11:14 AM

              I'm a fan of all off the offerings at Charlie's Kitchen--regular, beer, and waffle.

              Plus they have a large, interesting beer selection with a fair amount of rotation.

              Plus, in this weather, the Beer Garden is a nice touch.

              1. greenzebra May 3, 2010 09:48 AM

                The rosemary-truffle fries at Garden at the Cellar are quite good.

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                1. re: greenzebra
                  yumyum May 3, 2010 09:57 AM

                  This. And also clover's rosemary fries are great.

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                  another_adam May 2, 2010 12:43 PM

                  If Clover manages to open up a spot in Harvard Square, that promises to be the go-to place for relatively crispy thin fries with salt or rosemary (or maybe they'll diversify into a wider range of options? I think it serves them well to stick with just a very limited set of options, since I think it's rarely a good idea to spread yourself thin and try to appeal to too many different tastes). I have a feeling that you wanted something a bit more immediately gratifying, though!

                  1. rlh May 1, 2010 07:03 PM

                    Thin, crispy and potatoey is my preference - Flat Patties was it until they closed down ( to move) - right now it most likely be McDonald's in Porter Square if it has to be close to Harvard Square - seriously - nothing beats theirs when they are right out of the oil.

                    Flat Patties
                    81 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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                    1. re: rlh
                      Dea May 3, 2010 09:46 AM

                      They plywood's off the storefront of the new Flat Patties space, and the owner's daughter (who runs Crema) told me they're working on final permitting issues, and hope to be open in a week or two, so you may be able to get their fries again soon.

                      Crema Cafe
                      27 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

                    2. tatsu May 1, 2010 03:46 PM

                      I don't eat them very often but I did have them at Lord Hobo, I really like them. Served in a paper cone inserted inside a metal holster type of thing. Sauces are a bit fancy.

                      Definitely the mussels and fries "appetizer" is one of the best value deals in Cambridge, lotta mussels and lotta fries for 10 bucks.

                      In this thread fries are mentioned 27 times and only one person did not like them and did not say why.


                      Lord Hobo
                      92 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02141

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                      1. re: tatsu
                        baldbert May 2, 2010 07:31 AM

                        great fries except Lord Hobo isn't close to Harvard Sq. Akin to saying when asked about good sandwiches in Davis Sq. responding with Bob's in Medford.

                        Lord Hobo
                        92 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02141

                        1. re: baldbert
                          tatsu May 2, 2010 09:29 AM

                          Fair enough, I don't think it's that egregious, but fair enough. So what you got then?

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