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Apr 13, 2006 04:09 PM

The Great French Fry Debate

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I have no idea why, but I've been loving my french fries lately. How about a survey, about the best? Either in LA or OC (I'm in South/Central OC). Four categories:

1) Fast Food

2) Shoestring/thin cut

3) Steak Cut

4) Specialty (i.e. chili)

Looking forward to the debate!

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  1. Home made: fried twice, drained on Trader Joe's paper bags, sprinkled with kosher salt.

    Otherwise, fastfood, hands down. Burger King: light and crispy outside, light and just a little airy inside.

    3 Replies
    1. re: slacker

      Sounds good. That's funny because I was eating BK's when I thought about posting out here. Thanks.

      1. re: elheffe99

        The Peruvian chain Inka Grill has good sweet potato fries. And, yes, all fries need to be fried twice. Sometimes three times, but only if the first time was when they were lightly fried before getting frozen and shipped to your favorite local fast food joint.


      2. re: slacker

        Yeah -fried twice - so much more flavor, crunch, and they keep alot longer... Do that with almost all of my deep-fried foods... also like mixing seasoned salt or hot sauce in with the ketchup!

      3. 1) Fast Food: I am with you on Burger King! But I also love In N Out fries. Depends on my mood.
        2) Thin cut/specialty: Truffle oil fries at Josie.

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        1. re: Nicole

          Where is Josie?

          1. re: elheffe99

            Josie is a finer dining restaurant on the eastern border of Santa Monica, on Pico blvd (just a block or so east of Cloverfield). Very generous portion of truffle (oil) fries, but they're pricey as french fries go...

            1. re: silence9

              I remember them being pricey for fries, but inexpensive for a side dish in a nice restaurant. What I mean is, they are relatively inexpensive, given an expensive menu. Josie is at 2424 Pico.


              1. re: Nicole

                i'm presuming it's 7 or 8 bucks for a side order?

                1. re: kevin

                  I think it's 7, but I can't remember for sure. But I do remember that the "side" order is huge.

        2. 1) FatBurger, California Fish Grill

          2) Houston's

          3) n/a

          4) n/a


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          1. re: elmomonster

            Sounds like Park Place is the place to go!


          2. In N Out

            The Counter's sweet potato fries and shoe string fries

            1. Burger King and Jack in the Box for french fries (in the case of the latter, I like their seasoned curly fries). Great garlic and parsley fries at Jar. I know there are more out there, but that's what comes to mind right now.