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Oahu, great fries?

For lent this year I gave up french fries. In order to make it a more meaningful sacrifice I included sweet potato fries, onion rings, tater tots, and (for Joebob) eggplant fries. No sense giving something up just to replace it with something else right? So in about a week and a half I get to eat fries again (within reason after the first week of enjoyment.) Any suggestions? In consideration are the sweet potato fries at Burgers on the Edge and the regular fries at Big City Diner. Kua Aina don't seem to be as good as they used to be, and I know McD's are always good... but thinking something more special than that.

Waddaya you folks think?

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  1. I love the fries at town. They are double fried and tossed with fresh crisply fried herbs, amazing. Below is a picture. This is a side order. We didn't order anything that came with them and I always have to have them!

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    1. re: manomin

      ooh, those do look good. i'll have to remember to get an order of those next time I am at town.

      With fries, it depends on the style that you like. I prefer thin and crispy. While maybe not great fries, I have enjoyed the fries at the following places.
      I have always been partial to the fries at W&M. The garlic fries at Leo's Taverna downtown are good and are done like the ones shown by manomin above. Gazen Izakaya has good furikake fries w/ a wasabi aioli dip. I enjoyed the fries at Rumfire as well. Interestingly it's a very varied list.

      1. re: manomin

        Double-fried is the trick the Belgians and the Dutch employ to make world's best IMO, so I will have to try town's fries.

      2. Wow, wish that I could help, but, though I am a big fan of fries, cannot think of any, that make a real difference.

        Let us know what Easter Sunday brings for you!


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        1. re: Bill Hunt

          well, as good as manomin's pic looks, town is closed on sunday, so it won't be there. still 8 days so we will see what else is recommended. I think Leo's downtown is closed as well. Never would have thought of Gazen... interesting.

        2. Sounds great. Know of any place that serves them with gravy or maybe they could pour it on top?

          1. Give the fries at Da Falafal King truck a try. Don't eat fries very often, but had those recently and they were good. Thick, not thin, but I liked them. BTW, the truck was "stolen" last week and MIA for a while, apparently by a previous owner, but is back in business next to Down To Earth.

            Is this the place to go into great onion rings, or should that be a separate post?

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            1. re: macaraca

              anyplace is good to discuss great onion rings... LOL.
              ah, a custody battle over a lunch wagon... cool. Which down to earth? Moiliili?

                1. re: indelibledotink

                  they are relocating from down to earth, not sure where yet. however, there is a location in waikiki.

            2. The Wolfgang's Burger Deal with Steak Fries and Onion Rings is pretty hard to beat! $10-

              1. Fries are great, my favorite are from in-n-out. But maybe if you just want something fried go extra special and get some fried calamari!

                1. OK K-Man...Lent is now officially over and we are anxiously waiting your report(s) on fries, onion rings, and related indulgences!

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                  1. re: macaraca

                    I'm waiting too! I thought of you when I had roasted potatoes last night.

                    1. re: macaraca

                      we had a big potluck at church, so no french fries for brunch. friends wanted to go rainbow drive in for lunch, the fries there were OK, not amazing, but not bad either. the roast pork was SO good though. LOL, no i didn't get gravy on my fries. More to follow during the week.

                    2. I haven't had much opportunity the last few days, which is probably just as well. I have broken down and done drive-thru at McD's twice. They really are good fries. The first ones were perfect, right out of the fryer, crisp on the outside, soft in the middle, salted just enough. The next time not so great. They had obviously been sitting under the lamps just a little too long and had lost the crispness.

                      Today I got to Falafel King. It has been on my list of things to try, and with macaraca's and indelible's comments I had to go. I didn't realize it was passover, and Falafel King is kosher. No leavened bread till this coming sunday, the food was served as a wrap instead of a pita. The falafel were great, and my friend had a shawerma (lamb) he really enjoyed it. Both of us got the combo -with drinks and fries. The fries were excellent. Traditional size (bigger than mcd's) fried just lightly golden, enough for a crust, the center as soft and smooth as mashed potato. They season them with some kind of paprika mix, but not over done. I guess they could have been cooked just a little longer, but I'm not complaining. They were not at all oily, and while it was a large serving both of us finished our plates. $8 for the falafel wrap, $11 for the combo. $11 for the shawerma, $14 for the combo. A little on the steep side, enough to keep it from becoming a regular lunch, but good enough to go back now and then. Oh, being kosher they always close at sunset on friday, and are closed on saturday. The landlord has not renewed their lease, but also has not asked them to leave, so its kind of up in the air. They were collecting signatures from customers to convince the landlord they should stay.

                      more postings to follow over the next couple of weeks.

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                      1. re: KaimukiMan

                        i actually have yet to try falafel king. i am usually at the moiliili community center, but it's always closed by the time i get there.

                        as for fries, i am a sucker for jack in the box's curly fries.

                        i used to love mcdonalds back when they used beef flavoring. the new ones just don't hold up.

                      2. In an effort to defy medical research and not have a coronary before midnight I got fries twice today.

                        I was on Nimitz today so I took the opportunity to try Nico's in their new location. Wow, what a difference in atmosphere. Still very outdoorsy, but inside, still very clean and bright, but a much larger space, much larger kitchen, a great bar, and outdoor overflow seating. They were very busy but managed to keep the line moving and people smiling. In spite of the temptation of several other menu offerings I got the fish and chips. Since this is a fries thread I will talk about those first. VERY GOOD. Not great, fantastic, but really very good 'traditional' fries. Not shoestring, not crinkle cut, no special spice rub, just plain old good fries. They were nicely fried, close to extra crispy, but none burnt and only the thin ends fried crispy through. No limp fries, not oily... just poato-ey goodness. Not a special trip fry, but a great side for the fish. Nico's uses swordfish for the fish (I don't know the difference between swordfish and marlin, but was told this was swordfish) a nice light neutral fish with just a bit of ocean flavor. The batter was light and crisp, not overwhelming, and the whole thing cooked to perfection. The fish does come as one large piece, not in strips, and while I have never had fish and chips in London ( or anywhere else in the UK) this certainly rivaled any I have had in the US. Although malt vinegar was offered, i stuck to tarter sauce and lemon... a horrible faux pas no doubt. The service was prompt, friendly, and helpful. In spite of being in the middle of the lunch rush gladly took the couple of minutes to discuss the type of fish and how it was prepared. Nico's firmly remains on my favorites list. Lunch for two of us was just under $30. A good deal. (inc. tip @ 20%)

                        A friend called and wanted to go to The Counter for dinner. Well it was an early lunch, and would be a later dinner (almost 8) so i figured what the heck. We split an order of the sweet potato fries. Was tempted to get the mixed for 'research purposes', but I enjoy the sweet potato fries from The Counter so much... and I wasn't disappointed. Shoestring sized, must be double fried to get that crispness... almost all the way through, but still tender and tasty. And I even like that 'thousand island clone' they serve with them. If I hadn't had fries for lunch, and since I really would like to live to see my next birthday, we refrained from ordering a second batch. Since almost everyone reading this already knows how good the burgers are (mine traditional, friend's bun-less) I won't go into details except to say the burgers were as good as always. Dinner for two of us was just over $40. (inc. tip @ 20%)

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                        1. re: KaimukiMan

                          Any more good fries since this report? My lunch companion had the fries at Nico's recently so I got to sample them; agree with K-Man (as usual)...very good, without being exciting. Friend, who usually doesn't have a big appetite, happily finished the rather large portion, and the very large fish portion too. The new Nico's is definitely more pleasant than the old, and the deli is a great addition.

                          1. re: macaraca

                            had fries at a number of places, but haven't made it to town yet. most everywhere they were good, few places were great. One of the really bad ones was Papa's burgers at market city. limp, greasy, and cold. I was not impressed by the fries at Honolulu Burger Co., although the burgers were really good. the sweet potato fries at both Burgers on the Edge and at The Counter were both great. Not sure why everyone thinks they should be served with thousand island dressing (or some variation thereof). I don't like coated fries (i.e. burger king and ruby tuesday) and i don't get culy fries, spicy or not. Both Teddy's and Big City Diner seem to do a consistently good job on fries, but to borrow your language good without being exciting. There is a small bar i go to at McCully and Algeroba, they do really good garlic fries, and usually i order them extra crispy as they do each batch individually (they also have killer grilled cheese sandwiches.) Clearly not gonna get that at the fast food places, haven't tried asking for extra crisp anywhere else.

                            1. re: KaimukiMan

                              Have you tried the duck fat fries at Hank's Haute Dogs on Coral Street? I thought they were different and excellent.