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lemonseleven Nov 6, 2011 08:16 PM

So strange question...

I am hosting a Ketchup tasting party this weekend. I'm looking for some great, simple (no duckfat, truffle oil, etc.) french fries for guests to use to taste the ketchups. What are your favorite fry places?? Must be able to deliver a large quantity to my apartment near North & Clybourn in Lincoln Park. Preferably not too expensive (although I guess I can't imagine fries getting too expensive).

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    aburkavage RE: lemonseleven Nov 7, 2011 09:20 AM

    This is not helpful as it ignores your request, but I think even the best fries are going to suffer from transportation and containment in some enclosed vessel.

    My recommendation would be to get a whole slew of frozen tater tots and bake them in a hot oven on a pizza stone (or quarry tiles)! They're delicious and the perfect canvas for a ketchup tasting. This way, you'll be able to ensure that your guest have a piping hot and crisp potato product to taste the different condiments. You'll also probably save a fair amount of cash depending on the amount of fries you need to purchase!

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      nsxtasy RE: aburkavage Nov 7, 2011 01:35 PM

      >> This is not helpful as it ignores your request, but I think even the best fries are going to suffer from transportation and containment in some enclosed vessel.

      I was thinking the exact same thing. French fries are best eaten immediately after they are first cooked.

      Maybe another option might be to hold your ketchup tasting at a restaurant that serves good fries, so you can have them right out of the fryer? (Even a non-chain fast food place, like Wiener Circle.)

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        lemonseleven RE: nsxtasy Nov 7, 2011 01:44 PM

        Thanks for the tips... I think I'm going to consider tots or other bake-able fries. I don't think hosting at another location is an option, as this tasting party also involves alcohol, and invites were sent a while ago.

        Thanks for the suggestions!

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          Shaggy RE: lemonseleven Nov 8, 2011 10:03 AM

          I second Five Guys. The large fries there will feed a small family (they fill the entire bag).

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      Querencia RE: lemonseleven Nov 7, 2011 07:53 PM

      There are a couple of Five Guys pretty near you. They don't deliver but you can grab a taxi. Their fries are wonderful and they are generous with them.

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