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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?

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  1. sandwhich? vimala's?

    1. Bun's does fresh cut fries, russet and sweet potato. City Beverage has decent garlic fries.

      1. Believe it or not Carolina Brewery has pretty good fresh cut fries, particularly if you order them well done. Fresh fries with fresh beer can be a very happy thing. I find the garlic fries at Tyler's overwhelming and usually greasy.

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        1. re: omoshiroi

          Why do I always forget to order the fries well done? Beer and fries go together really well. The places I've been for fries so far sell great beer. Will have to check out some of your suggestions.

          1. re: omoshiroi

            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.

          2. Garlic fries at the The Federal has been good. I also like the fries at King's Sandwich Shop and Geer St. Garden across from them.

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            1. re: bbqme

              Wimpy's and Vin Rouge in Durham as well. I'd agree with you on Kings and the Fed. Although at the Fed, the most memorable dish was the nachos

              1. re: Tom from Raleigh

                Vin Rouge, Vin Rouge!!! Absolutely - they are the best in town. And Bin 54 (whole other ballgame, of course) also does a pretty darned good job.

                1. re: LulusMom

                  Kitchen's fries are first class.

            2. 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.

              1. "I believe that the best fries are cut fresh and cooked to order"

                Allen and Son's fries are fresh cut and might be the worst fries I've ever had. I hear lots of people rave about Five Guys fries being fresh cut but everytime I have tried them (South Point location) they honestly were not much better than Allen and Son's-overcooked on the outside, gummy on the inside and greasy. Upon investigation that particular location says they do fry twice but at the same temperature (375 F) both times. Frying/blanching at a lower temperature first is the right way, if someone is screwing that step up I don't give a damn if they are fresh cut.

                I'm not certain that fresh vs. frozen is the deciding factor on superior fries. I seem to recall Julia Child professing her love for McDonalds fries back when they were fried in beef tallow. I love the fries at The Federal and Geer Street Garden but I've had plenty of fries I know were frozen that were really good. Is it for certain VIn Rouge's fires are fresh cut? I thought they were really good but they had that light golden brown look of a frozen fry.

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                1. re: LBD

                  I'm not at all for certain about the Vin Rouge fries being fresh cut. But I'm certain that I love them.

                  1. re: LulusMom

                    They are really good, very generous too.

                    1. re: LBD

                      +1 for Vin Rouge (moules) frites.

                  2. re: LBD

                    Agree on Allen & Son. I love their Pork BBQ but their fries are among the worst I've ever tasted, and they are fresh cut, but they simply are not cooked long enoung, or are cooked at the wrong temp, and they never salt them as they come out of the fryer.

                    1. re: LBD

                      While WILDLY inconsistant when the fries at Bojangles have been cooked long enough, been properly drained, and not over seasoned they are some one of my favorites. Too bad that many many times I've been in line and heard the cashier call back "drop fries!!!" only to have a new batch all undercooked, limp and greasy appear at the pass through barely a minute later.

                    2. I've really enjoyed the fries from Crooks Corner. They're curly and fresh cut (never frozen according to the menu). I had a bad batch one time that was replaced straight away. At the bar, with a pimento cheese burger and a cold beer...Is it 5pm yet?

                      I'm also a big fan of most of the places mentioned (and fries generally). I like the Tyler's garlic fries, but I'm a garlic fiend. I've been disappointed with Milltown's more often than not.

                      1. Milltown, Acme and the new Venable in Carr Mill Mall all have yummy fries.

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                        1. re: asrhi

                          I liked the fries at The Standard quite a bit. We ordered the Greek Fries with lemon, oregano and feta. They were surprisingly good.

                          I also enjoyed Buns fries and I liked that they had choice in sauces.

                          1. re: Tom from Raleigh

                            The fries at Margaret's Cantina were tasty the other day. They were fresh cut and cooked to order. I ordered them crispy. They were a bit under seasoned but hat was easily rectified.