Fresh Cut Fries in Chapel Hill/Carrboro
I believe that the best fries are cut fresh and cooked to order and that the sign of a bad fry is the crinkle cut fry that comes frozen from the major food distributors. If they serve crinkle cuts, I believe their food is likely to be average at best.
Who has the best fries in CH/Carrboro?
Tyler's Garlic Fries are well liked
The Pig's Pimento Cheese Fries are quite tasty also
Milltown serves a thinner cut fry like a frite
Six Plates in Durham served a near perfect plate of fries the other night
Now that UNC is out for the summer, I seek other places to try? Where can the collective direct me?
Carolina Brewery also has really good onion rings. I pretty much avoid the place and find the food really boring, but if I'm in the mood for a beer or five, and want something to eat, that isn't a bad option.
As much as I like Tylers, I pretty much agree that the fries are greasy. I also find Milltown's to vary widely - sometimes they're pretty good, but often enough to make it an iffy order they're limp and pathetic.
Fries from Six Plates and City Beverage are from frozen, as far as I can tell, and I'm not a fan of either. I didn't like those from Milltown as much -- too thin and salty. Tobacco Road in Durham used to have near-perfect ones, but inexplicably switched to some huge potato wedges that end up tasting more like a baked potato.
I like Tyler's, but mostly because of the garlic.Carolina Brewery for plain old once-fried American style fries (instead of the twice-fried ones that are crisper). 411 West makes really good hand-cut fries, surprisingly. I second the vote for Buns -- both their white and sweet potato versions are really good. In Durham, the Federal's are near-perfect and topped with fresh garlic that will open your sinuses (some places use the jarred version). And chain or not, Five Guys makes great fries and gets them out fresh.
I appreciate your topic, by the way. It's shocking to me that people will say great things about some restaurant's fries (whether it's the sugar-sprayed ones from McDonald's or the horrible crinkle cuts) without distinguishing that as good as they are for frozen fries, they're still frozen fries and vastly inferior to the real thing. Fast food has lowered or even changed our expectations, apparently. Nobody brags on a restaurant's mashed potatoes without noticing that they're from instant.