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Best fries in Asheville?

Jeff C. Jul 8, 2010 05:36 AM

Alright, guys. Another craving. But most of the fries/frites one finds in WNC are either undercooked, oversalted, or, worse, frozen food service crap. Suggestions, please.

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    sluggrock Aug 1, 2010 06:02 PM

    Frites tossed with Herbs de Provence, salt and pepper at Bouchon. Comes with a great Roasted Red Pepper Mayonnaise for dipping. You can wash them down with the Mussels at night or with a crepe at lunch (street food open next door for lunch),

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    Bouchon
    62 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

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      evbecker Jul 12, 2010 01:13 PM

      If you don't mind the drive, Flight Wood Grill (http://flightwoodgrill.com/) has the best fries in WNC. They serve them with a rib-eye as steak-frites. It's in Hendersonville. They're hand cut, crunchy & delcious.

      1. Scirocco Jul 9, 2010 12:21 PM

        I went through some old posts and it was Savoy that had the duck fat fries, but that's the only mention of them I could find. :-/

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          miss piggy Jul 12, 2010 09:11 AM

          Bouchon's frites and the sweet potato fries at Tupelo top my list. Will have to try Enoteca!

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          Bouchon
          62 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

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            Jeff C. Jul 12, 2010 10:45 AM

            The Cajun sweet potato fries at Rosetta's are also pretty nifty, even of they aren't true "french fries."

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              danna Jul 13, 2010 11:38 AM

              Rosetta's will deep fry your potatoes, either white or sweet, at the time you order them, true?

              have you been to Fat Hen in Charleston? I'm not a huge fry fan, but those made me sit up and take notice. I believe they use duck fat.

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              Fat Hen
              3140 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, SC 29455

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                Jeff C. Jul 13, 2010 03:54 PM

                1. True, the last time I was there anyway.

                2. This former Summerville resident has never heard of the Fat Hen. Is it a new place?

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                  danna Jul 15, 2010 06:21 AM

                  Fat Hen...fairly new, I think...I went in Dec 08, so at least that long.

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                    Jeff C. Jul 15, 2010 07:04 AM

                    Will have to check it out next time I'm down there.

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          Merrilly Jul 9, 2010 07:40 AM

          I'll give another vote for Enoteca fries. They have truffle oil over them and are the best ones I've found!

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            Windsor Jul 9, 2010 07:37 AM

            Laughing Seed has great fries with thin slices of fried hot green pepper. Well seasoned and perfectly fried.

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              Jeff C. Jul 9, 2010 10:48 AM

              I've had the ones at L.S. and like them well enough, but they aren't really the French style I'm craving now...

            2. Scirocco Jul 8, 2010 10:06 AM

              Do you like thin or thick ones? I prefer the thinner ones and like the ones at Bouchon too. They are fairly heavily seasoned (not just salt) as I recall and have a good dipping sauce. haven't tried too many others, so unfortunately, that's my only rec!

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                Jeff C. Jul 8, 2010 11:26 AM

                Thinner, mostly. Crisp on the outside, creamy on the inside. Seems like I had the frites at Bouchon a few years ago, but I can't remember. Do you know if they use the traditional French method of double frying in duck fat? (Health food it ain't , but damn they're good.)

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                  Scirocco Jul 8, 2010 12:49 PM

                  no, I'm not sure if they do. I don't recall them mentioning it in the description and I would think they would. :( I think I have heard of places in avl using the duck fat method, but I can't remember where it was. I should ask my husband, he's the "fry guy".

                  I just looked at Bouchon's menu and it just says "herbed frites" - no mention of cooking technique. :-/

                  I think you need to do a "fry/frites throwdown" in avl and report back!! :)

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                    Jeff C. Jul 8, 2010 06:23 PM

                    Would love to, but I'm not sure if my fifty year old gut would survive!

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                      jorgeanchovy Jul 9, 2010 04:22 AM

                      I don't really like fries because they are usually so bad, but here's who has won me over:

                      Enoteca, the casual side of Rezaz. $4, best fries.

                      Also in the "not underfried, oversalted, or foodservice crap" department, although a little non-traditional: Chai-Pani masala fries. These are super thin. $2.49

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                        Jeff C. Jul 9, 2010 06:53 AM

                        I didn't know Enoteca had fries. Will give 'em a try. Thanks!

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                          caiogirl Jul 9, 2010 02:42 PM

                          Im not a huge fry fan but Enotecas are good, the them with a side of the saffron aoli to make them amazing!

              2. JKidd Jul 8, 2010 06:02 AM

                Bouchon and Table come to mind, but I'm not really a fry connoisseur

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