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favorite fries?

mizzdee May 30, 2012 07:19 AM

I like crinkle cut....dh likes shoestring
What do you like? Waffle? Steak? All,,, lol?

  1. alliegator Jul 20, 2012 11:43 AM

    I'm not much of a fry person, but I do like them thin cut, really hot and crispy, sprinkled with Old Bay. And when I can can get them, the famous Chi'lantro (Austin food truck) kimchi fries are to die for!
    Now and again they make their way up to Dallas and I drop everything and run.

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      Sparklebright Jul 20, 2012 03:45 AM

      Back home we had this chip truck that made their fries very dark and greasy. And I LOVED them. They were also very potatoey! That is; flavorful.

      I have never been able to duplicate this in my home, no matter what season or what kind of potato or technique.
      Any of the chains fries--tasteless!

      I tried a bag of fries from the freezer section of my grocery store once.
      What a dissapointment!
      It's just a potato for heaven's sake! How can you take ALL the flavor out of it?

      2 years ago at a high end restaurant/club Christmas party I ordered Herbed Butter french fries.
      I didn't taste any herbs OR butter but my goodness! They were the most flavorful salty potatoey fries EVER!

      Is it just my experience or do all grocery stores just label their potatoes as red, white or yellow? C'mon--I'd like to know the variety of potato, so if my fries are a success I can buy the same variety again.

      1. mrbigshotno.1 Jul 15, 2012 02:02 AM

        Lot's of good one's out there, but the one I think I liked the most are the one' s they serve at Geno's Steaks in South Philly. Not really a conventional french fry, kind of a deep fried mash potato strip. Quite different and quite good. It's been 25 years since I've had them, they might have changed. At home it's Albertson's crinkle cut's thawed out to room temp and fried at 375* until just golden then hit with commercial fry salt.

        1. Bill Hunt Jul 14, 2012 10:04 PM

          Without any doubt - Elsie's (Gulfport, MS) "Greasy Fries." Unfortunately, Hurricane Camille washed the away, and forever.

          Luckily for me, my young wife managed to taste them way back when. She has done a good job at recreating them. Much of the "secret" is in a large, cast iron (seasoned) Dutch oven, without the lid and then lard at a very high temp.

          Those were fries, that one will dream about, 40 years later.

          Otherwise, all others just fall way behind. I cannot imagine which ones might be # 2.


          1. iL Divo Jul 13, 2012 08:55 PM


            they became my new favorite yesterday

            1. TheCulinaryCircus Jul 13, 2012 08:15 PM

              Mass market: Costco fries.
              (Whoops, cat's out of the bag. LOL)

              But nothing beats hand-cut fries, double fried for extra crispiness.

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                jhopp217 Jul 13, 2012 04:26 PM

                I like:
                waffle fries with cheez whiz
                Steak fries with Peter Luger steak sauce
                Thin fries with malt vinegar
                Thick cut fries with bleu cheese dressing
                Crinkle cut fries with really cold ketchup

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                  randyjl Jul 13, 2012 04:37 PM

                  I love the home-cut fries at Mary's in Strawn, Texas. You get a ton of them. They are never overdone and piping hot out of the fryer every time. I go for her legendary chicken fried steak but eagerly await my plate of fries each time. Mary's tawny cream gravy on each fry sends me to artery clogging heaven!

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                  AngelaID Jul 13, 2012 01:25 PM

                  Seasoned curly fries. Haven't seen them in the freezer section lately up here though. I like thin fries. Lots of salt. Dip in (depending on what we are having with them) either cream of mushroom soup (hot, undiluted), tarter sauce or Bloomin' Onion Dip.

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                    tastesgoodwhatisit Jun 2, 2012 06:57 PM

                    Absolute best - Quebec chip truck and/or fair/PNE/Stampede french fries. Fairly thin, skins on, final deep-fry while you wait, served piping hot, well salted, in a paper cone, with generous amounts of malt vinegar to drench the chips. With the vinegar they end up hot, fragrant, responably soft, but with crunchy bits around the outside.

                    As far as mass-market fast food versions, I'll go for New York Fries from the food court - skin on, moderately thick freshly deep fried, piping hot and also coated in salt and malt vinegar.

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                    1. re: tastesgoodwhatisit
                      Tripeler Jun 2, 2012 07:50 PM

                      Curious -- why is it called New York Fries when it is also coated in malt vinegar?

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                      joe777cool Jun 2, 2012 04:02 PM

                      I never met a french fry I didnt like......except those coated imitation potato monstrocities!

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                        sagetom Jun 2, 2012 02:56 PM

                        The fries at All American in Massapequa, New York are great and have been great for at least 40 years.

                        1. pinehurst May 31, 2012 07:16 AM

                          I really like homefries fried to a medium dark brown on the grill with onions, vigorously salted and peppered.

                          1. JungMann May 31, 2012 06:43 AM

                            Do cheese fries count?

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                              chocolatetartguy May 30, 2012 07:15 PM

                              Tator Tots! Cooked in very hot oil to an audible crunch.

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                                sandylc May 30, 2012 07:12 PM

                                Icky to mass-market fries. The best ones are French-style shoestrings that are caringly made by an independent restaurant who knows what they're doing.

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                                  laliz May 30, 2012 02:50 PM

                                  shoestring crunchy; in n out well done animal style

                                  1. Bacardi1 May 30, 2012 02:45 PM

                                    Shoestrings are definitely my hands-down favorite - & I'll even admit to enjoying the ones at McD's & Burger King.

                                    But I do really enjoy any fries that are well-made - neither undercooked or overcooked; semi-crispy outside, soft inside, & with just the right amount of salt.

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                                      gaffk May 30, 2012 06:44 PM

                                      Sort of agree--I don't like BK's (though it's been years since I've had one) and like McD's (again, years since I've had one).

                                      But the crux of the matter is well-made: crispy on the outside, mealy on the inside, salted just right. There's a local place that makes wedges with the skin on that fit this definition; another place that serves shoestrings without the skin that fits the definition.

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                                      Soup May 30, 2012 02:33 PM

                                      cruly fries from hardees or arbee's

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                                        vttp926 May 30, 2012 03:46 PM

                                        Our local Hardee's doesn't carry the curly fries anymore :(

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                                        kengk May 30, 2012 02:29 PM

                                        Both the waffle fry and the curly fry are abominations in my book. I'm ok with any of the others.

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                                        1. re: kengk
                                          Bill Hunt Jul 14, 2012 10:06 PM

                                          Most are actually processed, and frozen, on a commercial basis. Few, today, are actually CUT from potatoes.


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                                          gator28 May 30, 2012 02:21 PM

                                          Thin fries and waffle fries. Sweet potato fries with bleu cheese dressing...yum!

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                                            randyjl May 30, 2012 12:17 PM

                                            Me too for Nathan's! Being from Texas, I don't get to NYC often, but I take the train out just to watch the people and have a dog and fries! I have wanted to try the fry place there, too. I think it's called Pomme Frite?

                                            1. Perilagu Khan May 30, 2012 10:26 AM

                                              If we're talking about mass market shapes, I'm partial to OreIda Fast Food Fries. I love the crispness.

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                                                arktos May 30, 2012 10:39 AM

                                                Crinkle-cut, very crisp and slightly oily are the best..IMO. Can't seem to find them much these days, guess they aren't 'fancy' enough.

                                              2. ocshooter May 30, 2012 10:00 AM

                                                Sad to say, but McD has the best mass market fries out there.

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                                                  jhopp217 Jul 13, 2012 04:24 PM

                                                  I'd rather have frozen Ore-Ida over them...i hate McD fries

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                                                  circustance May 30, 2012 09:38 AM

                                                  Best fries I ever had was on the island of Madeira off the coast of Portugal. They were the big kind (steak?). Had 'em with marinated skewered beef cooked over a fire. Heaven.

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                                                    LeoLioness May 30, 2012 08:11 AM

                                                    Belgian-style fried in duck fat.

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                                                      bulavinaka Jun 2, 2012 11:05 PM

                                                      I'll take any style, as long as it's been done right in duck fat...

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                                                      ChiliDude May 30, 2012 07:53 AM

                                                      sweet potato fries!

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                                                        Uncle Bob May 30, 2012 12:02 PM

                                                        That's the ones!!!!!!!!!!!

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                                                          vttp926 May 30, 2012 03:46 PM

                                                          My favorite!

                                                        2. Motosport May 30, 2012 07:48 AM

                                                          Nathan's @ Coney Island crinkle cut fries are outstanding.

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                                                            valerie May 30, 2012 12:03 PM

                                                            +1 on Nathan's.

                                                            1. re: Motosport
                                                              njmarshall55 May 30, 2012 12:41 PM

                                                              Another +1 for Nathans.

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                                                                jhopp217 Jul 13, 2012 04:23 PM

                                                                But must be eaten at Coney Island, not at any of their chains

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                                                                  NellyNel Jul 18, 2012 12:31 PM

                                                                  I was just about to post the exact sentiment, Jhopp...Concur.

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                                                                    Motosport Jul 18, 2012 01:55 PM

                                                                    On the boardwalk!!

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                                                                      NellyNel Jul 18, 2012 02:02 PM

                                                                      Yup...wish I were there right now!!!

                                                                      (Well, now right now - as it is POURING in NYC right now...)

                                                                      Does Nathans CI still do a chow mein sandwich?
                                                                      I'd have fries , a hot dog, and a chow mein sandwich.....

                                                                      1. re: NellyNel
                                                                        Motosport Jul 18, 2012 02:15 PM

                                                                        Chow mein and frogs legs are still on the menu.
                                                                        I usually get a dog, french fries and Hires root beer. Priceless!

                                                                        1. re: Motosport
                                                                          NellyNel Jul 18, 2012 02:20 PM

                                                                          Yup, I just Googled...
                                                                          The lobster roll is still on the menu as well...I'd get one of those too!
                                                                          Oh, and yeah, a root beer would fit nicely!!
                                                                          I want a chow mein sandwich now, something awful. *sigh*

                                                                          Why do I torture myself??


                                                                          1. re: Motosport
                                                                            jhopp217 Jul 20, 2012 11:55 PM

                                                                            Hires Root Beer - between that and Manhattan Special...my faves as a kid

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