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Feb 15, 2013 11:36 PM

French Fries!!!!!

I admit it, I'm a french fry junky. I love them all: crinkle cut, natural cut with the skin on, steak fry, shoe string, you name it. As long as they're done well (and well done) and the oil isn't funky, I'm up for trying anything in fry-o-lated potato world. Sadly though, I can't seem to find any really great fried spuds in NJ. I'd love to hear any suggestions, but anything in North Jersey would be really appreciated.

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  1. I am a french fry lover too, but I really only eat them in my home out of my own fryer! I guess that is because I don't eat out a lot, but when I do I always get fries if I can, no matter the meal!

    Are you talking about restaurant fries or frozen cook at home fries in the New Jersey area? Didn't know if you were asking for store brand specifics that were offered in that area that are good or places that serve them hot and ready as a side. I know that I love Ore-Ida Steak Fries. They are the only ones I keep stocked in my house all the time. Crispy and creamy all at the same time. And they stay hot about 3 times as long as thin fries do, which is a must to be. Even a warmish fry won't do.

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    1. re: rcbaughn

      Thanks for the detailed reply, but I was really looking for NJ restaurant recommendations.

    2. Bucu Burger in Paramus Rte 4 West, great fries. Choice of shoestring or rough cut w skins. Good stuff. Why dio restaurants use frozen anyway? (Fresh cut is CHEAPER!)

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      1. re: lemarais

        It is difficult to maintain consistency for many small operators cooking fresh fries. The percentage of starch and moisture change from batch to batch of potatoes and with the time of the year. Most large establishments contract with large distributors to ensure consistency...

        1. re: equal_Mark

          Plus.. a lot of the time the double fry technique at two different temperatures produces a better fry, so you have to have both your fryers at different temps and training for the staff becomes an issue depending on what "level" of restaurant we are talking about.

          but yeah.. buying a case of frozen fries is much more expensive than buying a case of potatoes and even the labor to cut and soak them isn't too costly.. but its the time, convenience and consistency which all come into play.

          Jersee Boys Pizzeria in Keyport, makes a pretty decent homemade french fry. I wouldn't travel from North Jersey for it, but being that I live in the area, I quite enjoy them. And most of their $5 lunch specials come with them too.. an awesome deal.

      2. Rossi's in the Chambersburg section of Trenton. They're a thick cut steak fry, creamy, almost liquid in the center and crispy on the outside. They also make great homemade potato chips.

        1. I too love Fries. I find the fresh cut fries tend to lack good crunch. I know you were looking for a destination but I have an easy recipe for oven fries that come out almost as good as what you and I are looking for.

          Cut up some potatoes, season with salt liberally and toss in some oil until well coated.

          Take a sheet pan and heat it in the oven at 450. After 15 minutes or so, throw a couple of tablespoons of Olive oil or any oil, duck fat, bacon fat etc. Heat that up for about 3-4 minutes.

          Toss the prepped fries on the pan, you should hear a good sizzle indicating the oil was hot enough. Bake at 450 for 30 minutes before even looking in the oven. If they look like they are browning nicely, flip em and bake another 15 minutes or so or until the browness you prefer.

          This to me gets the closest to what I think a good ole NJ board walk french fry should be. Super easy too

          As fas as a destination, Five Guys has potential since they are fresh cut, but they are inconsistent. They employ the double fry method, sometimes they are great and other times, not so much.

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          1. re: angelo04

            Wouldn't salting the potatoes before cooking draijn the moisture out of them?

          2. Well fries are like burgers, women and pizza....everyone has their own personal preference.

            Have you ever tried the windmill cheese fries? They are pretty darn good!