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Fast Food Fries That Actually Taste Good?

daydream Apr 13, 2011 06:35 PM

Is this possible, anywhere? The only fast burger I even like is In N' Out, which I give a good B+/A- to. (Please, let's not turn this into another INO bashing post, when there's already two or three on the front page alone!) But their fries are baaad. I've ordered them well done, and that made things even worse. I've read you can order them 'light' but I don't know...

Other than INO, everyone else's fries are similarly disappointing, at least in my opinion.

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    roro1831 Apr 13, 2011 08:48 PM

    I was out on the road yesterday and had been up since 4, so I stopped into a Wendy's at 10:30 am for breakfast/lunch. I was the first customer in the store that day and they dropped the fires in for me and I asked them tokeep them in a little longer than normal. Came out hot, fresh and crispy. The bst fries I have ever had at a fast food place.

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    1. re: roro1831
      fourunder Apr 14, 2011 06:25 AM

      I was out yesterday too....giving a friend a ride to Wendy's @ 4:30PM. Having not had the new version of the fries, I asked him to pick me up a buck value size for me to try. He said they came right out of the oil......they were hot, but not real crispy. The sea salt was better than the the old table salt used. overall, I would rate them very good.

    2. BiscuitBoy Apr 14, 2011 06:31 AM

      McD's is still the king of french fries in my opinion. Nobody even comes close (fast food, anyway)

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        ediblover Apr 14, 2011 02:42 PM

        McDonald's is the relative standard for me. I put fries into 4 categories:

        Better than McDonald's
        Par with McDonald's
        Below McDonald's
        Awful (At or borderline inedible)

        Of course I put McDonald's at #1 among the chains. What gets me is how few come close to matching their fries. I often wish that (most) places that serve fries would just copy McDonald's and tweak it with their personal flair, but most places just seem to do their own thing and the result is almost always below McDonald's or awful. I always pause for a moment whenever I get limp/soggy fries, wondering, "This isn't hard or expensive, so what the hell is wrong with this place?"

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          Firegoat Apr 21, 2011 04:37 AM

          I agree. As far as chains go it is hard to be McDs for fries (unless you get a batch that wasn't salted) I mean... what's the point of that?

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            Dan D Apr 21, 2011 09:03 AM

            McDonald's fries almost always come out with way, way too much salt. I don't eat at McDonald's often, but I have usually requested them with no salt so I can control the amount by salting them myself. REQUEST DENIED in all cases, it seems the chain enforces standard processes that include shaking salt over each new batch of fries immediately after they are dumped from the fryer. Or so a couple of franchise owners have insisted to me. Much of the time they are so drastically oversalted I don't finish even a small order of McDonald's fries. Ugh, what a waste.

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              bagelman01 May 10, 2011 02:29 PM

              The franchisees you asked are liars. My M-I-L orders no salt FF at McDs regularly, and as I drive Miss Daisy, I know. The local McDs are owned by 4 different franchisees. They all will make no salt, but tell the custyomer they have to wait until the fries in the holding tray are gone. They clean the holding tray, fry a new batch, dump in the tray, then serve the no salt, then salt the rest of the holding tray. They'd rather not do this at it is timne consuming and costs for tthe extra labor, BUT they do it anyway.

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                Gypsy Jan May 19, 2011 06:53 AM

                That's weird. It must be a deviation from the standard procedure. I always order "No Salt Fries" at the McD's in California. The employee taking my order immediately leaves the counter and drops a fresh batch into the fryer and then returns, so I always get fresh, hot fries. It is the best!

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            Jelly71 Apr 21, 2011 09:04 AM

            Del Taco has the best, IMO. they are krinkle cut and when they are fresh out of the fryer, they are heaven.

            i do not like the new Wendy's fry. i have tried it twice and it is just so bad.

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              Dan D Apr 21, 2011 09:07 AM

              I've had great success with Five Guys fries. In fact, several times the fries and a drink are all that I order there, skip the burger. They are fresh cut and fried to order in peanut oil. Usually if the store is not overwhelmed with customers they will gladly customize the order. I ask for extra crispy and lightly salted or no salt (so I can salt them myself without overdoing it), and they have always been wonderful fries, close to some of the best fairground fries in my experience.

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                CurlieGlamourGirlie Apr 21, 2011 11:29 AM

                I concur on the Wendy's fries. They are pretty darn tasty. (And even better dipped in their honey mustard sauce!)

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                  ryansm Apr 21, 2011 11:54 AM

                  I agree with the Five Guys fries suggestion. Their burgers are wretched and should be avoided at all costs, but the fries are pretty damn good. They have a nice potato flavor and none of the weird chemical-like flavors I often get at places like McDonalds. By far the best fast food fries I've had.

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                    cavandre Apr 22, 2011 03:45 AM

                    Both of the 5 Guys in our area have a habit of taking the fries out of the fryer & immediately putting them in the plastic serving cup where they sit while your burger cooks. By the time your order is handed to you, the fries are luke warm & soggy.

                  2. srsone Apr 21, 2011 11:59 AM

                    checkers fries...
                    burger king
                    five guys...

                    (no ino here and ive never had them so i cant bash/opine them)

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                      BiscuitBoy Apr 21, 2011 01:03 PM

                      bk? Wow, so YOU'RE the one!

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                        srsone Apr 21, 2011 01:08 PM

                        only because i eat bk slightly more than Mcds...and all the mcds around are terrible at the fries...greasy and soggy...i rarely if ever get them around here anymore..

                        and bk arent too bad..

                        but checkers are my fave fast food fries...

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                          buttertart Apr 21, 2011 01:11 PM

                          BK's are the only fries I won't eat under any circumstances. What the hey do they do to them???
                          #1 Wendy's, #2 McD for me.

                      2. NellyNel May 10, 2011 07:55 AM

                        For me, nothing comes close to McDonalds Fries...when they are good - fresh, hot and salty - Gosh - there is nothing better!
                        HATE BK fries
                        Never had Wendy's
                        White Castles suck, but I will eat 'em (and have an order of onion rings!)
                        Five Guys fries are great too, but completely different to McD's.

                        McD's are the kind I will crave because they are the only fries that taste like they do.

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                          libgirl2 May 18, 2011 04:24 PM

                          I agree, McDonald's all the way. And BK fries are horrible! Blecchhh!

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                            buttertart May 19, 2011 06:59 AM

                            What the heck do they do to them, BK? They are just about the only French fries I will not eat under any circumstances. Nasty!

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                          redfish62 May 10, 2011 02:41 PM


                          1. LorenM May 12, 2011 01:53 PM

                            Not overly crazy about any of them but LOVE Red Robin's fries (I know not exactly fast food) when they leave them in the oil long enough and use enough seasoned salt on them. I wish more places used steak-cut fries like Red Robin. That said, Arby's curly fries are pretty good but GROSS if they are not absolutely fresh.

                            1. mucho gordo May 18, 2011 04:52 PM

                              I love fries but I'm not a fan of the "shoestring" fries such as you get at McD's. I prefer a thick fry like Fatburger has or, even better, the potato wedges at KFC.

                              1. ttoommyy May 19, 2011 08:42 AM

                                I like Nathan's fries a lot. Crinkle cut and fat with a nice golden brown outside and baked potato-like inside. They remind me of homemade french fries more than anything else I've had at numerous fast food joints.

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                                  NellyNel May 20, 2011 06:36 AM

                                  Oh wow, I almost forgot about Nathans!
                                  I guess I havent had them in a while.

                                  The original Nathans fries are the best...nothing else quite like them.
                                  Normally, I am not a big fan of thick fries, but Nathan's are pillowy and have an almost sweet taste to them.
                                  I have only been to the chain Nathans maybe once or twice, and both the dogs and fries were disappointing compared to the Coney Island Nathans.

                                2. poofty May 20, 2011 07:05 AM

                                  Bojangles cajun fries (I think that's what they're called).

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                                    AnnaBaptist May 23, 2011 09:42 AM

                                    My favorite fries are Nathan's, followed by the way they used to make the Wendy's fries. I have found that if you ask for the new Wendy's fries without the salt, however, they taste much better, though still not as good as the old style. It's the sea salt. A little sea salt goes a long way, and they still pile on just as much as they did before, which makes the fries taste awful.

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                                      GK in SO May 25, 2011 12:39 PM

                                      A cheesesteak chain called Philly's Best, hands down. Get them well done.

                                      They are slightly-less-than-medium in thickness, but have some skin left on, and they fry up nice and crispy crunchy, but the best part to me is their wonderful, real, potato flavor. I haven't seen fries exactly like this anywhere else, so part of me thinks they are made special for PB.

                                      I'm in the LA area, in case anyone is wondering.

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