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Jul 13, 2012 11:00 AM

July 13 National French Fry Day --- Your Favorites

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

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  1. 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!

    1. Nizza la Bella (and tomorrow is Bastile Day!)

      1. I marked NFFD at Gamine on Union Street,

        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,

        1. 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

            Who appointed July 13 as French Fries Day anyway?

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

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

              1. re: Melanie Wong

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

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  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

                    French fries are generally regarded as having originated in Belgium.

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