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French Fries (and a request for knowledge from a West Side old timer (like me))

Bruin2 Aug 31, 2012 01:52 PM

I am sometimes bugged by the inability of some places to prepare a simple tasty french fry. After all, it should be an elongated piece of cut potato properly fried. And while I grant that there is nothing wrong with cooking it in fat versus oil, or one oil versus another, or putting parmesan on it, or truffle oil, or whatever, my preference is a simple fry cooked in clean oil, rather than one on which something has been put beyond salt and pepper.(particularly one that is coated which should simply be banned!). So in that vein, I propose the french fry at Apple Pan as a simple, yet majestic example, of what a simple hot french fry should taste like. Is there a better simple fry out there?

Now the trivia for an old timer: Many (like 55) years ago, there was a restaurant at Pico and Sherbourne on the North-East side of the street. A simple place, that made a great simple french fry a la Apple Pan, its contemporary. Someone once posted its name here on chowhound, but alas a search has not uncovered it. If you know the name, please let me know.

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    Novelli Sep 18, 2012 11:33 AM

    I recently had some great hand cut fries at The Charleston. Hot, crisp, and well seasoned. I just wish the venue was as good as the food.

    1. Mr Taster Sep 3, 2012 04:23 PM

      My wife goes through phases where she absolutely craves the fries at Jan's Coffee Shop on Beverly, near the Beverly Center, just east of La Cienaga.

      Mr Taster

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        la2tokyo Sep 3, 2012 12:45 PM

        Bouchon has great fries

        1. Kitchen Queen Sep 3, 2012 11:30 AM

          Yes, it's a chain but, I LOVE the bottomless fries at Islands Rest. Makes the rest of the meal experience tolerable. Have to ask for them and order a meal that provides

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          1. re: Kitchen Queen
            mc michael Sep 18, 2012 10:39 AM

            I think their fries as fries are OK, but they put way too much seasoned salt or something on them. Tastes like eating sand--oh, I get it, it's cuz you're on an Island.

            1. re: Kitchen Queen
              Thor123 Sep 18, 2012 11:21 AM

              Islands fries are very good. Make sure to tell them to make sure they are hot and well done. Great with bbq sauce on the side.

            2. PeterCC Sep 2, 2012 11:42 PM

              Big Jo's crinkle cut fries are really great fresh. The edges are crispy, the inside is fluffy. A little seasoned salt and ketchup, fantastic.

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                Dirtywextraolives Sep 3, 2012 12:20 PM

                You mean the one in Santa Monica?

                1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                  Servorg Sep 3, 2012 03:30 PM

                  Is there another one that you know of? As far as I know there is only one. But then again, things change and it's hard to keep up without constantly Googling for the info...

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                brwencino Sep 1, 2012 09:30 AM

                Kentucky Boys. Much like Apple Pan.

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                  Bruin2 Sep 2, 2012 09:37 PM

                  Thank you.

                2. wienermobile Aug 31, 2012 08:34 PM

                  I like Langer's crinkle cut fries with my pastrami.

                  1. ipsedixit Aug 31, 2012 08:11 PM

                    Jar or Pete's Cafe.

                    And if you want to go totally blue-collar, then it's The Hat.

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                      wienermobile Sep 1, 2012 07:51 AM

                      The Hat's pastrami-chili-cheese fries....Yes! One order can serve an army.

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                        ipsedixit Sep 1, 2012 07:40 PM

                        Actually the regular fries are pretty darn good as well. Especially straight out of the fryer and paired with some cold ketchup packets.

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                          Ernie Sep 2, 2012 10:20 AM

                          Even better than Hat's chili cheese fries are Pharo's up the street. I find the food at The Hat strangely flavorless

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                            ipsedixit Sep 2, 2012 11:13 AM

                            Have you tried the Ranch Fries at Hi-Life up the street on Fair Oaks from Pharo's?

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                              Ernie Sep 3, 2012 08:31 AM

                              No, I have not but ranch dressing on fries does not appeal to me

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                      BSW6490 Aug 31, 2012 07:11 PM

                      The best bar none are at Wurst sausage in Downtown. Regular and truffle are wild.

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                        maudies5 Aug 31, 2012 07:58 PM

                        The Brentwood and Tavern make incredible fries.

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                          BSW6490 Aug 31, 2012 08:01 PM

                          Love the Brentwood. Outstanding Onion Rings too.

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                          Servorg Sep 1, 2012 08:08 AM

                          Are you saying that the downtown location fries are better than at the Venice beach location?


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                            BSW6490 Sep 1, 2012 08:52 AM

                            If you mean Wurst, have not been to Venice.

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                              Servorg Sep 1, 2012 09:10 AM

                              Is there a place named "Wurst" as well as "Wurstkuche"? I didn't know that.

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                                beaubourne Sep 18, 2012 10:20 AM

                                same spot.

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                          miteymike Aug 31, 2012 06:11 PM

                          dunno if it qualifies, but i like Rally's fast food burger fries.

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                            foodiemahoodie Aug 31, 2012 06:02 PM

                            Jeez, I think the Apple Pan fries are mediocre at best. Majestic? Try the fries at Hal's. Oinkster's are very good, but they're out in Glendale. Tavern has some good fries too.

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                            1. re: foodiemahoodie
                              JeMange Aug 31, 2012 06:12 PM

                              The Oinkster is in Eagle Rock.

                            2. A5 KOBE Aug 31, 2012 02:00 PM

                              Oinkster has the best fries IMO, made from kennebecs and twice fried.

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                                Dirtywextraolives Aug 31, 2012 02:25 PM

                                +1 on Oinkster's. Hole in the Wall burger place in West LA also uses kennebecs, but I can't recall if they are twice fried, but they are also delicious.

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                                  JeMange Aug 31, 2012 03:04 PM

                                  +2 on Oinkster fries. Too bad pretty much everything else there has gone way downhill.

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