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Like many, I'm an LA transplant and while I'm doing ok finding most foods I miss, I have not yet done very well with one item:
cheese fries!

To be clear, I'm not talking about poutine and I'm not looking for chili cheese fries. What I want is just really good fries with some sort of cheese.
The two I miss most from my home in PA are: ones from a local cheesteak shop that did hand cut whole potato fries served with a side of cheese-whiz style dipping sauce, and one from a little Italian place that has slightly thicker, not quite steak fries, that they cover in mozzarella and then broil.

In LA, I have a hard time finding cheese fries anywhere and the few times I've come across them, the fries have been sub-par and the cheese is either too glooped on or just simply not yummy.

Can anyone help me with this quest?

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  1. hmmm..have you tried the cheese fries at Islands?
    i remember them being decent...but it was a few years ago and my palate has developed since then. haha

    1. I haven't been in a while, but Philly West had the fries you speak of with a side of cheez-whiz style dipping cheese.

      1. Cheddar Jack Fries at Skooby's.
        http://www.skoobys.com/

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        Skooby's
        6654 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

        1. Go to Shakey's Pizza.

          Order up some of their mojo potatoes and ask for it to be topped with cheese and thrown in their pizza oven for a minute or two.

          Outrageously good.

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            O...M...G... Every year our Parish school does a 'shakey's' fundraiser where we are compelled to make an 'appearance' at and we 'tough it out' by ordering a salad and a HUGE order of Mojos... Now with your suggestion, I'm looking forward to it this year... LOL!!

            --Dommy!

            1. re: Dommy

              Skakey's actually does a nachos version with their mojo potatoes instead of chips. Comes with all the fixins, e.g. cheese, sour cream, bacon, salsa, etc.

              It's ok, but a bit much for me. I prefer it stripped down with just some cheese. I gotta watch my figure, y'know?

            2. re: ipsedixit

              I'm SO EXCITED FOR THIS!!
              thanks!

            3. Pete's Cafe at 4th & Main has some good ones. I know they have some made with gorgonzola and they may have others.

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              1. re: mc michael

                I love the fries at Pete's. Although the blue cheese ones can be a little too much after awhile.

                1. re: mc michael

                  big fan of the blue cheese fries at petes. the bacon cheddar fries are pretty damn good as well.

                2. The South Philly Experience truck has cheese fries(w/ wiz!).

                  1. Portillo's in Buena Park has really great cheese fries... like the one's you're describing. Hot, fresh crinkle fries with delicious cheese sauce for dipping. I may just have to go there this weekend:)

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                    1. re: laytonj1

                      laytonj1, I usually order cheese fries at Portillo's, but, to my taste, they're just "good, not great," because the cheese isn't very interesting, and the fries, while significantly better than when Portillo's first came out here (they were so bad that I'd go down the street to Fatburger for fries), are still marginal compared to my current favorite, Daglas. However, one time I took hot dogs, fries, and cheese sauce home, re-heated the potatoes in hot oil, and mixed a little chopped fresh jalapeno into the cheese -- much improved!

                      -Harry

                    2. philly west, cheddar cheese sauce on the side, with handcut fries. no need to look further.

                      1. You might like The Ooey Gooey Fries with sour cream sambal, melting monterey jack and cheddar cheese, cotija, chillies, cilantro, pickled garlic……At Chego on Overland.

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                        Chego
                        3300 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

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                        1. re: wienermobile

                          Those... RAWK...

                          http://www.flickr.com/photos/dommichu...

                          --Dommy!

                          1. re: Dommy

                            OMG.

                            1. re: aching

                              just looking at that picture, gave me a tummy ache.

                            2. re: Dommy

                              Yeah, I liked those. But I made the mistake of ordering them along with a rice bowl. By myself.

                              1. re: mdpilam

                                LOL!! That is the type of pain that hurts so good... ;D

                                --Dommy!

                            3. re: wienermobile

                              Oh dear gd I need them NOW

                              1. re: wienermobile

                                I've been lusting after those fries since I read this thread and finally got to try them last night. I stand by my original response - OMG. I LOVED them. It's a good thing that Chego isn't open for lunch, otherwise I might be there every day until I died from cardiac arrest.

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                                Chego
                                3300 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                                1. re: aching

                                  Yeah... it's a 'good' thing for me too... LOL!! But somehow the Chego craving always seems to hit at around 1p on Saturdays... but of course... *sigh!*

                                  --Dommy!

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                                  Chego
                                  3300 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                              2. Bleu cheese fries at Pete's are pretty delectable. They also have cheddar bacon, but I haven't tried them yet. (BTW, I don't really care for the food at Pete's - I go for the fries!)

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                                1. re: aching

                                  I'd never even heard of Petes, but it has the benefit of being very close by

                                  1. re: hyacinthgirl

                                    It used to be practically the only decent casual place to eat in DTLA, but even now that it has lots of competition, it still seems to be very busy every time I go by. Again, I've never been much impressed with their food - but oh, those fries!

                                2. As much as my palate has developed in other areas, I still crave steak fries with cheez whiz. I know. I've searched somewhat far and wide and I do like Pete's. I had the blue cheese fries. Will order cheddar cheese fries next. And I know this is completely awful, but if you ever end up at El Guapo's on Melrose, they've got (previously frozen) steak fries that comes with cheez whiz on the side. Make sure they've got the cheez whiz. Once they didn't.

                                  I didn't care for Skooby's and I am going to try Philly West next!

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                                  Skooby's
                                  6654 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                                  1. I like the steak fries with cheez wiz at Philly Steak Depot in Hollywood. It tastes like how I remember from my childhood in PA =) Their cheesesteak is not very good though....

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                                    Philly Steak Depot
                                    6254 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038

                                    1. This probably isn't what the OP had in mind, but I recently discovered the Street-Cart Fries at Spitz and I'm smitten! In addition to cheese (feta), they were smothered in cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, Kalamata olives, pepperoncini, and something creamy - aioli or tahini maybe? Delish.

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                                      Spitz: Home of the Doner Kebab
                                      371 E 2nd St # D, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                                      1. King Torta - But I'd ask for it with the guacamole on the side. They use shredded cheddar and they melt it.
                                        Claim Jumper - The Irish Nachos from their bar menu. Again, it's more shredded cheese that's been melted.

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                                        King Torta
                                        4521 Valley Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90032