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Do you prefer French Fries with Mayo instead of Ketchup?

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For some reason, this works for me. I like the flavor combo.

How about you?

Do you like mayo based dips for your fries?

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    1. re: JoanN

      I like a side of vinegar and a side of mayo(not mayo based sauces). If vinegar is not available, then mayo. If mayo is not available, mustard. Almost never ketchup.

    2. Yes. Can't stand the smell of that sweet red goo. Mayo all the way.

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      1. re: chileheadmike

        Ditto. Ketchup never touches anything I eat. I love mayo or a mayo-based dip for fries. A mixture of mayo and malt vinegar or mayo and dijon is delightful. Blue cheese salad dressing (with mayo as a base ingredient, of course) is also a fabulous condiment for fries.

          1. re: chileheadmike

            Yay!!!! I have finally found my people. Blllllarrrrgh on ketchup. HATE. I love mayo.

            1. re: foodandscience

              Just this past Saturday, I asked for some mayo for my fries, the waitperson looked at me a little strangely... they should try some, it's wonderful.

            2. re: chileheadmike

              Agreed. Just a little ketchup on scrambled eggs though. But yeah, the smell of ketchup is a rancid one.

              1. re: Muddirtt

                I just can't get over the color contrast with the yellow eggs. Must be a thing I never grew out of! For me, I just can imagine bludgining tomatoes into a pasty tasting item.

                1. re: treb

                  Haha. I'm from Iowa and the state college (Iowa State Cyclones) is ketchup and mustard colors. I never get over that ugly ugly color combo lol. At least I'm more of an Iowa Hawkeyes fan (yellow gold and black). The state rivalry is something to behold. Us Hawk fans always make fun of ISU's colors. Maybe instead of "ketchup and mustard" colors, it should be "ketchup and eggs." Lol.

            3. vinegar and dijon mayo! ketchup once in a while.

              1. Depends. Sometimes I like fries with mayo, sometimes with ketchup, sometimes with gravy, sometimes vinegar, sometimes McD sweet and sour (or plum or whatever) sauce.

                'It depends' seems to be my answer for a lot of these 'either/or' questions that pop up.

                  1. I just want a dip. Vinegar, ketchup or mayo with peanut sauce, so long as I'm not just eating salted potatoes.

                    1. I like my french fries with a burger.

                      1. For shoestring fries, I prefer ketchup. For thicker/handcut or steak fries, I prefer malt vinegar, or a spicy mayo-based dipping sauce. Not sure what's in it, but it's a pink creamy sauce that a local joint serves with their colossal onion rings. Anybody have any idea what it's called or a recipe?

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                        1. re: ohmyyum

                          most likely some variation on thousand island dressing. mayo, ketchup, probably a bit of mustard and then whatever their secret ingredient is/are. garlic, pickle, sriracha, etc

                          1. re: ohmyyum

                            It sounds like fry sauce. I'm sorry I don't have a recipe, but you can search for fry sauce recipes and tweak them to your taste.

                          2. Yes please. Mayo all the way!

                            Danish "remoulade" is also acceptable. It's a mayo-based sauce with a little curry powder for colour and finely chopped pickled vegetables.


                            a picture for reference :b

                            1. We mix the mayo and ketchup together in my family.

                              1. Sometimes...really like vinegar or all three..

                                1. Never tried 'em with mayo, but I'd be willing to give it a shot.

                                  I prefer catsup or malt vinegar, depending on what the fries accompany.

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                                  1. I love my fries with an equal amount of mayo AND ketchup! Ohhhh.........a lil homemade thousand island for you!

                                    1. Belgian fries, yes.

                                      Most others, catsup.

                                      1. Mayo based dips yes but, not straight mayo.

                                        1. since I do not usually eat ketchup, mayo works well for me.

                                          but really tasty fries need no additional condiment...

                                          1. No. I like my fries w/ BBQ sauce. Aioli is OK every now and then though.

                                            1. Ketchup. I like the way the vinegar in the ketchup balances out the fat in the french fries. I'm a great mayo lover for other applications, but mayo just adds more of the same taste sensation as the fries do. There is not enough contrast. Malt vinegar works great for the same reason, but I do not like it as much as ketchup.

                                                1. Emphatically. mayonnaise, aioli, tartar sauce, even sour cream with horseradish. Ketchup to me is a component of meatloaf and of my own barbecue sauce; I mostly keep it around for Mrs. O, who likes it on fries and a few other things. As for malt vinegar, it smells to me like coal gas, and I can't get past that. Ghastly.

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                                                  1. re: Will Owen

                                                    Lucky for me, I guess, that I've never smelled coal gas.

                                                  2. For fries, I like them how I've had them in the Netherlands - three lines across the serving - one each of ketchup, mayo and peanut sauce.

                                                    For chips (as we call them in Britain), it's malt vinegar all the way.

                                                    1. I am not a big mayo fan but I will make a mayo based ranch to dip. Also A1 is a big favorite and also malt or balsamic vinegar depending on my mood

                                                      1. My favorite is tarter sauce, followed by ketchup.

                                                        1. Yes, if it's fresh. Otherwise nothing. Never ketchup.

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                                                          1. with beef or pork sides, ketchup.
                                                            with chicken or fish sides, mayo.

                                                            but i can be versatile.

                                                            1. The whole point of fries is crispness. Any liquid, dip or sauce makes them soggy.

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                                                              1. re: mwhitmore

                                                                Duh. That's why you dip them in the dip, not cover them with it.

                                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                                  There is a fish shack right across the Inlet from us (a River which I once swam in what may have been the stupidest decision in a life peppered with stupid decisions). We'll cross the Bridge and go for fried fish, clams, oysters, etc., and their homemade fries. It's BYO. The Deck is on the water where the lobster boats moor. Pretty good spot in the mid-afternoon when the tourists are doin' other stuff.

                                                                  They put their condiments on a counter, in those giant pump jars and have those little cups there to put 'em in. I get two with Tartar, two with ketchup, and two with Malt. I sit with my plate of fries, sea air, cold beer, and dip fries in various alternate ways into the various sauces. By gettin' two of each, it's OK to double dip and get some Malt in the ketchup or some ketchup in the Tartar. There's still the "pure" one.

                                                                  Funny thing is, they also have a wall of hot sauces rangin' from three to ten on the scale.* Ironically, that's usually what I use for my clams or fried oysters.

                                                                  *Oh, and sometimes, I add a hot sauce to a third cup of ketchup.

                                                                  1. re: MGZ

                                                                    What, no mayo? #epicfail

                                                                    That said, if I'm ever in your neck of the woods, that sounds like a nice place to hang. Perhaps some kushage for dessert.


                                                                    1. re: linguafood

                                                                      lingua, by now I think you are aware that I'm a 'hound. A sleep on the porch, bury bones in yard, chase cats, and clean up after me, kinda 'hound. If you're still willin', you can be my guest at Red's, and we can enjoy your desert.

                                                                      But after, we gotta go to Chippy's on the Boardwalk (where I once spent a summer inhalin'' peanut oil}. Big cup of fresh fries. They, however, almost by law, have to get dipped into a small cup of ketchup and vinegar mixed together. Nevertheless, we'll wander a few planks down, give the kid at the grilll stand a buck or two, and get a Dixie cup fulla "cheese" sauce in return.

                                                                      At that point, there's nothin' to do but sit on a bench, stare at the Atlantic, and contemplate whether the fries taste better with the ketchup concoction or the cheese dip.

                                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                                          Fine. We'll give the kid an extra buck and get a few globs of that too.

                                                                          1. re: MGZ

                                                                            I'll throw in some good ol' Jack Herrer to go with the desert.

                                                                    2. re: MGZ

                                                                      And the reason you don't name this place is....................????????????

                                                                      Is it called the Deck?.....where?

                                                                      1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                        Th place is called Red's in Point Pleasant, NJ. They were damaged severely by Sandy, but have come back:


                                                                      2. re: MGZ

                                                                        That's some good writing. I can almost smell the salt water and taste the malt vinegar.

                                                                        1. re: MGZ

                                                                          curious, with your diverse method of interchanging sauces, have you ever tried poutine?

                                                                          1. re: treb

                                                                            Loved it! They are basically Jersey diner style Disco Fries, only better.

                                                                            1. re: MGZ

                                                                              Nothing like a good Jersey Diner, you guys are spoiled out there! Disco Fries, must be the Jersey version, do they come with cheese on top?

                                                                              1. re: treb

                                                                                Yep, if you want it. Jersey diners tailor orders. There was a place in Middletown, called Rex's. After too many beers we'd stop, sit in a booth, play AC/DC on one of those old tableside jukeboxes, and ask the waitress "Can you make 'em with onion rings mixed in too?" No better way to prevent a hangover the next morning.

                                                                                I should note, however, that they use different cheeses at different diners, but never curds.

                                                                    3. By preference, malt vinegar, drizzled over top of freshly fried french fries.

                                                                      Second place goes to fries and gravy (again, poured over top, to produce a glorious combination of fresh fries and goopy mess).

                                                                      If it's spicy fries, though, I'll use ketchup, because vinegar clashes with the spices.

                                                                      1. Not a fan of ketchup

                                                                        The Mayo in Belgium or Netherlands is nice

                                                                        Grew up on Cape Cod where vinegar was a regular. I still like that or I make up my own dipping sauce:
                                                                        Mayo (or Baconnaise when I have it)
                                                                        Hot Garlic Chili Sauce or Sriracha
                                                                        dash of vinegar
                                                                        small amount of Season salt

                                                                        1. Yes. But they're even better with both, especially with a burger or a currywurst.

                                                                          A nice aioli works, too, or rouille, sriracha-mayo, basil-mayo, etc. etc., if I'm having calamari or other fried foods with the fries (which isn't often, for any number of reasons). These are all mayo-based dips.

                                                                          Malt vinegar when I'm having fish n chips.

                                                                          A squeeze of lemon when I'm having Greek food.

                                                                          But some creamy, rich mayo is definitely my preferred condiment for fries. It's a European thing....

                                                                          1. Favorite for fries, mayonnaise with malt vinegar a close second. Maybe I need to make a cup of mayonnaise with malt vinegar in place of lemon juice.

                                                                            For tater tots I like Melinda's habanero ketchup.

                                                                            1. regular fries - ketchup or a ketchup & mustard blend.

                                                                              Curly fries - ranch dressing.

                                                                              1. to answer your question- yes, I prefer an aioli or mayo to ketchup on just about anything.

                                                                                but you know what's AWESOME? dipping fries in Fromager d'Affinois. If you don't know this cheese, it's an ultra-homogenized french brie-type, and available just about everywhere. The result of the fine-filtration homogenization is that it's super creamy and buttery inside. Dip a fry in that, I dare you. This is like a Lay's potato chip challenge- you'll be having another.

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                                                                                1. re: cheesemonger

                                                                                  I've had that cheese on crackers, wow it's great! Now I'll have to try it on fries, thanks.

                                                                                  1. re: treb

                                                                                    The beauty of Fromager d'Affenois for folks like me, is that the rind is also very mild. I love brie, but sometimes the rind can be a bit much. No such problem with this buttery cheese.

                                                                                    As for fries, I like malt vinegar first, mayo, or ketchup next.

                                                                                2. Hand cut fries with remoulade sauce. Yum.

                                                                                  1. I love french fries with anything I can dip them in. Ketchup, Mayo, mustard, pesto, olive oil, hummus, salsa, sunday sauce, sriracha, cheese, almond butter, yogurt, vinegar, maple syrup, anything! I love french fries so much. Potatoes in general are the worst for me because if there is a potato on my plate it's the only thing i'm eating and that is why I never order french fries. There's a cute place downtown in Manhattan on the east side (by St Marks) called Pomme Frittes that must have been established because they know about my addiction. A cone of fries and sauces for dipping! Heaven!

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                                                                                    1. re: mcookie

                                                                                      Pomme Frites on 2nd I believe, I've been there great choices of dipping sauces, plus good Belgian frites.

                                                                                    2. No. I like my fries undressed and slightly crispy unless I am eating them on a sandwich of crusty French bread slathered with roast beef gravy.

                                                                                      1. I like to switch. Some time ketchup, some time mayo, some time vinegar, but most of the time -- nothing (not even salt).

                                                                                        I would say I slightly prefer mayo over ketchup like 60:40.

                                                                                        1. Is there any nation besides the US where ketchup is the preferred condiment for fries?

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                                                                                            1. re: SteveRosen

                                                                                              The World Tomato Congress! Ha! I'm sure it's serious business for those concerned, but I think I'd guffaw hysterically were I an attendee.

                                                                                            2. nope, I'm a ketchup girl. My sister was dipping hers in ranch dressing the other night. looked tasty. :)

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                                                                                              1. I like em both..sometimes I'll mix them together if I'm feeling fancy..Also mayo and HP sauce make an excellent French Fry dip.

                                                                                                1. I seem to choose the local favorites: UK-chips with malt vinegar, Belgium- pommes frites with mayo and here fries with ketchup. I like it all and given the choice of any it would be a toss up.

                                                                                                  1. I go to Europe a lot and I have relatives there and its is amazing! Everything they make is fresh! I love the combo Fries and Mayo. sometimes you just gotta try new things it amazing :)

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                                                                                                    1. I love malt vinegar, ketchup, and fry sauce! :-)

                                                                                                      Fry sauce: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fry_sauce

                                                                                                      1. I like a really light (made in-house in restaurant) mayo with some Dijon mixed in.

                                                                                                        Ketchup .... of course. It's a given.

                                                                                                        BUT ..... if I ever find myself at McD (3-4 times a year), I'd take those fries and DIP them in the vanilla sundae. You have no idea how good that is :-)

                                                                                                        1. I like it, but guilt forces me to not use mayo but about once a year. Try A-1 sauce- it works for me.

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                                                                                                          1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                            Mayo just once a year? Now that's just sad.

                                                                                                          2. I bet Green Goddess dresing would be over-the-top good

                                                                                                            1. When I was in Germany I was turned on to mixing the mayo with the ketchup for your fries. It's been my favorite condiment for fries ever since.

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                                                                                                              1. re: emglow101

                                                                                                                Ah yes, the ever popular pommes rot-weiƟ.

                                                                                                                1. re: emglow101

                                                                                                                  I enjoy that very much on the occasional well executed steak fries. The big fat ones:)

                                                                                                                2. Yep! Hellmanns mayo all the way! On burgers and baked potatoes also!

                                                                                                                  1. tzatziki, or falling that, something with cheese.

                                                                                                                    I only use ketchup when the fries are good. When the fries are bad, I let the wait staff know.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: BuildingMyBento

                                                                                                                      When the fries are crisp and hot, mayo or a mayo based dip is just outstanding.

                                                                                                                    2. Mayo here.

                                                                                                                      And sometimes, variations like mayo mixed with any kind of hot sauce. If there's no mayo to be had, sea salt and black pepper do the trick.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                        If I'm having fried seafood, tartar sauce goes well with fries and always with onion rings.

                                                                                                                        1. re: treb

                                                                                                                          Yesss. I have recently fallen for fish 'n' chips (specifically at Gullifty's in Bryn Mawr, PA), and the accompanying tartar sauce goes well with all of the above. Don't need ketchup at all.

                                                                                                                      2. Ketchup for this girl but I will do mayo based dips. Just not straight up mayo.

                                                                                                                        1. mayo or malt vinegar and never looked back, I'll go plain before tomato catsup.

                                                                                                                          although there is some love to be had for Filipino banana ketchup...

                                                                                                                          1. I like fries with just salt and pepper; sometimes a bit of garlic salt or balsamic blended salt. For a "wet" condiment, my preference is gravy. But if mayo or ketchup are available, I'll take whatever is going. Occasionally will ask for mayo.

                                                                                                                            1. I mix them together. Mayo and ketchup. I thought it was absolutely disgusting when my friends started doing that. But it's actually delicious!

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                                                                                                                              1. re: v2pham

                                                                                                                                My girlfriend does that. Never tried it, never will.

                                                                                                                                1. re: Muddirtt

                                                                                                                                  Aw. Live a little. Whatcha got to lose?

                                                                                                                                  I used to be a mayo gal all the way and despised ketchup.... and wouldn't ya know? It's pretty nice together.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                    Add some cracked black pepper and you gots french dressing du jour

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Gastronomos

                                                                                                                                      Exactly, or some pickle relish and you have thousand island.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: JAB

                                                                                                                                        some chopped up veggies and you have Russian Dressing

                                                                                                                                          1. re: treb

                                                                                                                                            whatever is in the freezer.........

                                                                                                                                      2. re: Gastronomos

                                                                                                                                        Nah, I like to dip in both without making an actual emulsion of the two. Separate but equal, so to speak.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                          still, a little cracked black pepper over the top.........

                                                                                                                                2. I like salsa or a horseradish based dip. I can eat catsup but as I get older it seems too sweet. I have had a spicy catsup too, but still like salsa better. Weird, I know.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: monavano

                                                                                                                                      Like horseradish or siricha... cha...cha..cha!

                                                                                                                                    2. I have limited tolerance to mayo. A small amount on a burger or sandwich or lightly dressed coleslaw or chicken salad fine. Everything else no way. The thought of it with fries makes me shudder.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                                                        Blindfold yourself and give it a try, you may end up addicted!