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May 29, 2010 11:16 AM

Want Me some Off -the-Hook French'n Fries

After beating myself at the health club, I'm jonesing for some 'awesome' french fries, hey it's the beginning of summer fun and a little splurging. They can be SPF's, regular, curly cut, waffle as long as they're fresh, crisp and tasty. Dive bar, civil bar, any neighborhood, any place, whatever. Any opinions of the 'best' place around.


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  1. If I can be forgiven for mentioning a place that I haven't yet tried, I'm hearing a lot of good things about the "Dave du Jour" truck's truffle fries. Apparently he often gives a portions of it out as an occasional freebie.

    I started to follow his Tweets and it looks like his operating hours are generally around 10 pm until 2-3 am, usually at various bars around coastal North County. I've also seen his Tweets covering 30th Street and Pacific Beach as well. Definitely something for the night owls to checkout!

    1. Beer-battered garlic fries at O'Brien's on Convoy. Garlic optional (if you're trying to keep it simple), but beer-battered definitely not. Best fries in town IMHO.

      1. Coincidentally I just posted a review of The Counter in Carlsbad (burgers). I didn't mention the fries but perhaps I should have. The regular potato fries are thin, light, crisp, non-greasy and they give you a really large plateful, suitable for sharing. To me, they are "potatoey" in a very good way, such that I have no desire to put ketchup on them. I give credit to Mc Donalds for what they do with fries, but I'll give more credit to The Counter for getting them a little better.

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        1. re: mouthmusic

          I don't know if you had a chance to try their sweet potato fries, but those are also excellent

          1. re: mouthmusic

            This could be a first, a great burger with great fries on the 'same plate', something I've blogged about in the past. I may have to head up to The Counter and give it a test nosh.

            1. re: cstr

              Cool, but the fries are a separate order. Like $3.50 or $3.75. Huge, shareworthy plate though.

              1. re: mouthmusic

                Thanks for the heads-up, I'm just thrilled that one place can do 'both' well. 'I'd gladly pay tomorrow for a hamburger and french'n fries today'.

                I hope Josh, the 'burgermaster' tries this place, I'm curious to hear what he thinks.

          2. Chloe's and Opera in Sorrento Valley have great fries. Don't know that they're the best, but they're great.

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            1. re: royaljester

              2nd Cafe Chloe's. I dream about their super thin frites with the 3 dipping sauces!
              Gordon Biersch has very yummy, garlicky fries.

              Cafe Chloe
              721 9th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

              1. re: daantaat

                Chloe's are my all time favorite - for some good old fashioned trashy batter dipped fries, try Downtown Johnny Brown's at the Civic Center.

                Downtown Johnny Brown's
                1220 3rd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

                1. re: Alice Q

                  Batter dipped, nice artery clogging touch, how's the mouth texture? Surely not diet food now!

            2. Parmesean truffle fries at Luc's Bistro in Poway and duck fat truffle fries at Smoking Goat in North Park.

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