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Worst Fries in Seattle?

kaleokahu Mar 13, 2011 09:46 PM

OK, for fear that I'll be reported as a "reverse shill", I won't--for now--name the place at which I tried yesterday to eat Frenchfries, and couldn't even touch what came to the table.

Someone else go first...

  1. frygirl Mar 23, 2011 02:31 PM

    5 Corner Market in Ballard had the weirdest fries I've tasted in recent memory. They tasted as if they were dusted with sugar. I wonder if they were accidentally "sugared" instead of "salted." They were totally gross.

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    1. re: frygirl
      equinoise Mar 23, 2011 03:30 PM

      It's curious to me that Dick's is only mentioned in passing here. The "fries" are absolutely horrid. Sure, those of us who came of age here have fond (dim) memories of wolfing them down after a long night. But really, they are so predictably, terribly malcooked as to be an abomination by design. At best, right from the fryer, they are awfully limp and slicked with grease. Within 5 minutes the "fries" take on the constiution of wet shoelaces, and are incapable of reliable insertion into the 10-cent condiment cup, folding under their own weight. By 7 minutes, they lose all semblance of individual integrity, and attach to one another in a perverse, wretched mass. By 10 minutes the copious grease coagulates into an opaque substance reminiscent of Crisco, coating the unfortunately late recipient's palate with a nauseating film.

      1. re: equinoise
        kaleokahu Mar 23, 2011 04:08 PM

        Hi, equinoise:

        LOL, it's like you're channeling A.A. Gill! Totally agree about Dick's, though.

        But those "chips" at George & Dragon lowered the Ghastly Bar even further, which is what prompted my OP. I mean, I've made fries, and failed miserably many times. But the G&D cook really had to work *hard* to make them that disgustingly bad.

        1. re: equinoise
          babette feasts Mar 23, 2011 06:37 PM

          I love Dick's fries. Just reading about their salty greasiness is making me salivate a little. I want some. Best eaten as quickly as possible to avoid the pending string of disappointments. In truth, I eat Dick's fries once or twice a year, usually in a state of desperation or intoxication or both. And once or twice a year, scarfed when piping hot, they really hit the spot.

          1. re: babette feasts
            Jeri L Mar 23, 2011 07:00 PM

            Dick's fries are in a different class altogether. What other fries in town can people identify by smell alone? I rarely order them, but I do swipe some of my husband's.

            1. re: babette feasts
              HeatherHeatherHeather Mar 24, 2011 02:18 PM

              Everything you just said goes for me.

            2. re: equinoise
              Bax Mar 24, 2011 04:31 PM

              I didn't think Dick's fries were all THAT bad. At least they're recognizably from a potato, unlike most fast food fries. I've only eaten at Dick's twice, but as best as I can remember I thought the fries were better than the burger (not that that's saying a lot...).

            3. re: frygirl
              Lauren Mar 25, 2011 10:21 AM

              I totally agree with you on the fries at 5 Corner Market! I thought they were sweet potato fries but my table mates thought they had that flavor because of being fried in beef fat. I'm not so sure because the potato chips we had, also fried in beef fat, had none of that odd, sweet flavor of the fries.

              1. re: Lauren
                akq Mar 25, 2011 10:52 AM

                Ditto. I hated the beef fat flavor, but my SO loves it. Yuck!

                1. re: akq
                  Lauren Mar 28, 2011 12:08 PM

                  I just had the fries at Golden Beetle, also fried in beef fat. They did not have the same sweet flavor that the ones at 5 Corners had. Although that might have been because they had Za’atar sprinkled on them.

            4. terrier Mar 14, 2011 09:19 PM

              Steelhead Diner used to serve frozen crinkle-cut sysco fries. Not inedible like the grease-sodden fries I've had at some places but completely unacceptable for a restaurant aspiring to this price point.

              They may still, for all I know - haven't had anything but brunch there in at least a year.

              Steelhead Diner
              95 Pine Street, Suite 17, Seattle, WA 98101

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              1. re: terrier
                creepygirl Mar 15, 2011 12:24 AM

                Yeah, Steelhead would be my vote. It was a while ago, but really memorably bad. Like not only were they serving sysco fries, but they had cooked them in some weird way so that any residual potato flavor was gone. It was completely jarring compared to my sandwich, which was excellent. And the fries were ubiquitous on the lunch menu, which did not make me eager to return for lunch.

              2. k
                kaleokahu Mar 14, 2011 11:17 AM

                OK, my turn...

                The place I went was the George & Dragon pub in Fremont. I've eaten there before (and lived in England, so I know the average UK grease quotient of chips), just never had the chips at G&D.

                Limp yet greasy. Limper and greasier than Dick's by a mile. So thoroughly greased they were still reflective when we left an hour later. Oh well, at least they had a fresh keg of Bass.

                1. g
                  GreenYoshi Mar 14, 2011 12:18 AM

                  I had the burger and fries at Quinn's recently.
                  I liked the burger more than I had remembered, but the fries were really off. (I recall them being better)

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                  1. re: GreenYoshi
                    akq Mar 14, 2011 03:10 PM

                    I've also been surprised at the lackluster fries Quinn's serves. Especially bad next to all their other wonderful food.

                  2. b
                    Brunhilde Mar 13, 2011 10:26 PM

                    There are Burger Kings in Seattle, right?

                    Burger King Restaurants
                    5901 100th St SW, Lakewood, WA 98499

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