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Jul 8, 2010 05:36 AM

Best fries in Asheville?

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

    1. 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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      1. re: Scirocco

        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.)

        1. re: Jeff C.

          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!! :)

          1. re: Scirocco

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

            1. re: Jeff C.

              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

              1. re: jorgeanchovy

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

                1. re: Jeff C.

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

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

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        1. re: Windsor

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

          1. 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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            1. re: Scirocco

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

              62 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

              1. re: miss piggy

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

                1. re: Jeff C.

                  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.

                  Fat Hen
                  3140 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, SC 29455

                  1. re: danna

                    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?

                    1. re: Jeff C.

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

                      1. re: danna

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