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July 13 National French Fry Day --- Your Favorites

Melanie Wong Jul 13, 2012 11:00 AM

Today's National French Fry Day ... Who makes your favorite?


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    cyssf Jul 15, 2012 07:27 AM

    Marlowe Fried in duck fat or at least use to be.

    1. Mission Jul 14, 2012 04:56 PM

      Wood Tavern: College Ave.Oakland is my favorite when eaten hot,they turn average when they cool.

      Plus I like the fact that Simply Greek on Piedmont Ave in Oakland cooks all fries to order.
      Kinda like your basic fries you get with standard fish and chips in England.

      A good solid bag of hot fries for $2.00.

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        GH1618 Jul 14, 2012 04:18 PM

        The Bistro in Nordstrom's, downtown SF.

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        1. re: GH1618
          Melanie Wong Jul 15, 2012 07:28 PM

          Haven't been to Cafe Bistro, what style of fries?


          1. re: Melanie Wong
            GH1618 Jul 15, 2012 08:51 PM

            Pommes frites, served with aioli. (thin and firm)

        2. jillyju Jul 14, 2012 03:49 PM

          A Cote.

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            ML8000 Jul 14, 2012 12:47 PM

            Bud's Burger in Vallejo...fried in beef tallow.

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            1. re: ML8000
              Melanie Wong Jul 15, 2012 07:24 PM

              Too long since I've been to Bud's in Vallejo, great fries.

            2. kellylee Jul 14, 2012 12:27 PM

              Another vote for Nizza-- and their aioli is lovely. Cafe Rouge has good fries but they're served with ketchup.

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                ernie in berkeley Jul 14, 2012 12:53 PM

                Rouge is happy to give you a pot of their good aioli with your fries, just ask. It's good on the burgers, too.

              2. arktos Jul 14, 2012 09:07 AM

                I'd like to know where one can get really crunchy, crinkle cut fries?? And that are slightly oily.

                1. augustiner Jul 14, 2012 03:58 AM

                  no strong recs from me, but i was wondering...actual country of origin aside, were french fries intentionally assigned the date before the 14th of july, or Bastille Day?

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                  1. re: augustiner
                    Robert Lauriston Jul 14, 2012 10:44 AM

                    Who appointed July 13 as French Fries Day anyway?

                    1. re: Robert Lauriston
                      Melanie Wong Jul 15, 2012 07:23 PM

                      No luck finding an answer on the origin. Maybe a body like the US Potato board.

                      1. re: Melanie Wong
                        Robert Lauriston Jul 16, 2012 08:30 AM

                        Yeah, you'd think, but none of the major potato-promoting organizations I checked had anything about it on their sites.

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                          512window Jul 16, 2012 09:44 AM

                          Based on my extensive research done watching the Supersizers' French Revolution episode, french fries were invented after Bastille Day. The government had been trying to convince the populace to eat potatoes since they were not able to grow enough wheat to make sufficient bread (hence the "let them eat cake" comment attributed to the queen). The people didn't like the potatoes until someone came up with the deep fat fried approach. According to the show, this was after the king and queen met their makers, so after Bastille Day for sure.

                          The best fries I've ever had were at Hot Doug's in Chicago where they are fried in duck fat whenever he's accumulated enough duck fat to make them. I think Plouf makes pretty good fries locally.

                          1. re: 512window
                            Robert Lauriston Jul 16, 2012 10:29 AM

                            French fries are generally regarded as having originated in Belgium.

                  2. Melanie Wong Jul 14, 2012 01:05 AM

                    I marked NFFD at Gamine on Union Street, http://www.gaminesf.com/.

                    Gamine's frites are the skinny type, tossed with a tiny bit fresh parsley, and served with a light and frothy aioli that I liked very much. A pretty good serving for $5. A little uneven with some chewy, some limp, but mostly crispy fries.

                    More about Gamine, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/665526

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                      ernie in berkeley Jul 13, 2012 12:03 PM

                      Nizza la Bella (and tomorrow is Bastile Day!)

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                        rubadubgdub Jul 13, 2012 11:41 AM

                        Honor Bar in Emeryville makes my current fave. Handcut Kennebecs w aioli, ham jelly, and ketchup, served piping hot, and for only $3.50. Yum!

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