Does Anyone REALLY like truffle fries?
- jfood Jul 24, 2010 06:56 AM
Here is another new trend jfood cannot buy into. There are a few places where you order a nice bacon cheeseburger and they offer truffle fries instead of french fries. Jfood is always interested in new things so he has ordered them a few times. Now as he reflects he tries to figure out if they are better or worse than the golden crispness that he loves in a good plate of fries and has decided, nah.
They have this harsh flavor, almost chemical and do not go well with ketchup, which is essential for a good plate of fries. Jfood understands that the oil probably contains not a single molecule of a true truffle and it is a concoction from the lab, so let's take that sidebar off the table.
But are there people who really like this offshoot from fries? And if yes, why? Not trying to be snarky but trying to understand why people choose these over regular fries and whether this is just another flash in the pan idea.
I had Truffle Fries at Capitol Grill, actually had a slightly rancid aroma. Leave good fries ALONE, and only add ketchup. Now, if anyone recalls the "old" Arthur Bryant's, when Arthur was alive and always in the place, his Fries were listed on the "Controlled Substances List". Addictive immediately, cooked in pure lard, good thing I went to Kansas City no more than several times a year, or my heart would have frozen up years ago!
I do really love them when done well. However, I am not really a fan of french fries. I don't find ketchup to be a prerequisite to eating french fries. AND truffle fries can be done poorly sometimes. I believe the Capital Grille serves them and they were probably the best I've ever eaten. Depending on what type of fries are being served I am just as likely to substitute something else for fries with my burger.
I don't mean to be snarky when I ask if you really think this trend is all that new. I recall seeing truffle fries pop up on menus in 2005. At that time, and in the places they appeared, they were quite tasty (as I recall). That said, 5 years into a trend and all the more widespread could mean a significant drop in quality and care-- now just something to do.
Also, ketchup does not go with these, so if ketchup is your main concern, then I can't understand why you would order these anyway.
Finally, I find Osprey's claim most curious. I'm not a huge fan of mayo, but I wouldn't shout 'sacrilege' at the thought of mayo with fries for the fact that it was such a commonplace in Belgium. When I'm back I prefer a sauce andalouse or pilipili, but in some places (or when we've brought frites home to complement the meal) the mayo has been a perfectly lovely accompaniment. It is about the quality, though.