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America's 30 Best French Fries

America's 30 Best French Fries

Even though the name may sound foreign-inspired, French fries are about as American as any food can be — they're deep-fried, they're the quintessential vehicle for ketchup (America's favorite condiment, hands down), and they're made from one of the country's most bountiful crops, potatoes. However, while French fries are so popular in the U.S. that they can be found on most menus, those who know fries know that an outstanding example of a fry is easily distinguishable from the mediocre. From a Burlington, Vt. fast-food institution to a Chicago sausage mecca, we’ve tracked down the 30 best fries in America.

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So what makes a perfect fry? There's the crunchiness element for sure — that crisp exterior texture that holds up against the impending threat of sogginess. Then, the soft, fluffy interior, filled with potato that's cooked through but not dried out or raw-tasting. The color also comes into play — the best fries have that undeniable golden-brown hue. When all of these elements come together, they create the perfect fry, no condiments necessary.

Creating this list was no easy feat, as fries are so prevalent in the U.S. and there are so many varieties to consider. To start things off, we compiled the "best of" fries lists from publications across the country and noted fries that have won awards for their excellence in the past. Then, we consulted The Daily Meal’s knowledgeable editorial staff and network of acclaimed experts and contributors (including our Culinary Content Network) to get their take on the nominations and help to narrow down the choices. From there, the 30 best fries in America emerged.

For the purposes of this list, only standard potato fries are being considered. While sweet potato, yucca, avocado, and other alterna-fries are certainly delectable, this list accounts only for the classic spud-derived variety. By the same token, some fries on this list may come doused in white truffle oil and accompanied by the likes of smoky tomato ketchup, but they made the list because the fries are outstanding on their own.

So read on to learn which 30 French fries are America’s best.

30) Palena Café, Washington, D.C.

The more casual half of Palena in D.C.’s Cleveland Park neighborhood offers a menu brimming with Italian- and American-inspired dishes that change according to the season. And while the more formal dining room is renowned in its own right, the café is the part of Palena that made The Daily Meal’s list of the 101 best restaurants in America for 2012. One of the most notable standbys on the menu is the fry plate, a serving fit for a crowd filled with fried white and dauphine potatoes, onions, and lemons with a side of Sriracha mayonnaise.

29) Edzo’s Burger Shop, Evanston, Ill.

Eddie Lakin, the owner of Edzo’s, has had a long, notable career in the fine dining world of Chicago, but Edzo’s is his first and only solo space. Never mind the fact that college students like those of Evanston’s Northwestern University happen to be the perfect consumers for a burger-and-fries place, the offerings at Edzo’s are truly outstanding. The fries here are cut thin and fried until extra crispy.

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Originally published on April 15, 2014.

Dan Myers is the Eat/Dine Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow him on Twitter @sirmyers. Additional reporting by Molly Aronica.


The Best Homemade French Fries. Ever.

As I’ve progressed along in my read food journey, I’ve noticed that my taste buds have changed. I’ve gradually lost my cravings for many of my once-loved processed food favorites, and I’m pleased to report that my palate has happily adjusted to fresh ingredients and flavorful whole foods.

There is one “junk food” that I still love just as much as ever.

And not just any french fries– I still adore the ones that come from America’s favorite fast-food chain (you know, the one with the big yellowish arches…)

But those delicious sticks of potato-perfection are fried in a canola/soybean oil blend… And I definitely try to avoid processed vegetable oils…

Thankfully, french fries don’t have to be junk food if you make them with the proper ingredients. Wanna know the secret to perfect fries?

Beef tallow.

In fact, that certain fast-food chain referenced above used to cook their fries in beef tallow, until they sadly switched to the icky vegetable oils in 1990.

Did you know that, contrary to popular belief, beef tallow is actually a “good” fat? More and more evidence is popping up, showing us that animals fats (like tallow) are actually better for us than modern industrial oil alternatives. Lard is back, baby!

(You can easily render your own tallow at home– check out my beef tallow tutorial for all the details.)

Now, I like oven fries too (the kind you stick on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven). BUT. Sometimes only a true-blue fried French fry will do, and that is where these babies come in.


It looks like taste in french fries remains more consistent than basically anything else in this country.

McDonald’s french fries still come in at first place, and Five Guys in second, with a yearly increase of 1% each.

Those who think In-N-Out has the best fries decreased this year over last by 2% — which is a larger drop than any other answer option. On the other side, Burger King saw a rise of 2% — though it still doesn’t put the restaurant in french fry ranking territory.

We track tons of fascinating, news-driven topics, though let’s be honest — we’re talking about french fries here. As much as I love them, they don’t exactly make the world go ‘round. So, let’s have some fun with it. Lord knows we all need it.


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The Best Oven Roasted French Fries.

I remember when we made these oven roasted fries for the first time. It was several years ago, and now these fries are in our regular rotation.

We had a lot of potatoes, and they were a bit starchy, so I said, “We need to make something with these, maybe fries would be a good idea.” (Fries are not something that we usually make, but I just had a craving for them). Then I had to get Baby Bee settled for a nap, and when I came back to the kitchen, Darryl had sliced all the potatoes and busy getting them ready for the oven!

45 minutes later, we sat down to the best oven roasted french fries I’d ever had. They were so delicious! Nice and crispy on the outside, and perfectly seasoned. Darryl had consulted all recipes to get an idea of how to make oven fries, but then did his own seasoning blend, so I thought I’d share it here!

We made a big batch of these, which I would highly recommend, as they went really fast.

Like I mentioned, these oven roasted french fries were made with potatoes that were a little bit starchy, which was perfect for getting a crisp outside and a tender inside. The potatoes we used were “new yellow” potatoes from Costco. I think white potatoes would probably work well, too.


Are These the World’s Best French Fries?

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The history of French fries.

The Queen of French Fries was not born potato royalty. Suzy Palatin grew up in the French-Caribbean outpost of Guadeloupe before moving to Paris. While working as an actress and model there, she found that there were no french fries in the capital that met her exacting standards. So she turned her attention to tubers, headed for the stove, and started frying. In time she was making frites for an esteemed circle of food-minded friends, including the chefs Jean-François Piège and Guy Martin.

Hearing rumors of her frying prowess, legendary pastry master Pierre Hermé headed to her house to try a few and, blown away, promptly gave her the royal title. In her book on the subject, Les Pommes Frites, Palatin reveals her secrets: Wash and dry your potatoes thoroughly, then fry them slowly let them rest for a long time and then fry them again just as slowly.

The result: crunchy outside, fluffy inside, perfect all around. Sometimes, when she’s alone, Palatin will lean in close to the gurgling oil bath and crow, “My fries, they are singing to me!”

The World’s Best French Fries

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America's Best French Fries

Sidekicks are never given enough credit. Tonto had to sit back and let the Lone Ranger take the spotlight Ron Weasley faithfully followed Harry Potter to all ends of the wizarding world and Robin always had Batman's back, no matter how sticky the situation. It's quite possible that our most beloved heroes would never have been as successful without their trusty partners by their sides. The same applies to food: Where would spaghetti be without meatballs, peanut butter without jelly or a burger without french fries?

French fries hold supporting roles on menus across the globe. The Dutch and the Belgians prefer them served in a paper cone with a side of mayonnaise, while the Brits like them sprinkled with just enough salt and vinegar to clear the sinuses. On the other side of the Atlantic, fries provide the foundation for many a quirky creation. In Canada, a saucy concoction known as "poutine" features french fries drenched in brown gravy and cheese curds. Here, in the United States, these crispy, golden spuds are often customizable: steak, shoestring, crinkle-cut, curly and waffle-cut fries are just a few variations to try. A disappointing french fry is hard to come by, but which eateries make the cut as America's finest potato-handlers?

Using tips from culinary experts and hungry diners, U.S. News Travel has tracked down 11 places where spuds get the respect they deserve. Whether you're a flavor innovator or a french fry purist, these eateries are consistently recognized by food critics and foodies alike for their mouthwatering portions of tantalizing taters.


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Boise Fry Company

Boise, Idaho

This list wouldn't be complete without calling out classic and unconventional varieties found in the Potato State. And one Boise, Idaho, eatery pays tribute to the state's choice crop with a menu devoted to french fries. Boise Fry Company serves up more than 100,000 dippin'-ready combinations. Choose from six different types of potatoes, five varieties of cuts and a long list of signature sauces and seasonings. All ingredients used are organic and locally sourced, while every potato is put through a 30-minute-long prepping process before being dropped in peanut oil, which does not contain any preservatives or trans fats. Dunk a crispy sweet potato shoestring into blueberry ketchup, or dip a homestyle purple fry in zesty chipotle aioli. (If you're extra hungry, pair your potatoes with a well-crafted burger.)

Duckfat Restaurant
Portland, Maine

With a name like Duckfat, you know you're in for fried potatoes packed with rich flavor. This intimate sandwich shop in Portland, Maine, serves up Belgian-style french fries in a paper cone. These indulgent, locally sourced potatoes are fried twice in -- you guessed it -- duck fat. The outcome of Duckfat's double-dip preparation process is crispy exteriors and soft, fluffy innards, with duck fat creating an intense taste. You can sample these fries layered in one of eight signature sauces like truffle ketchup and Thai chili mayo. Or, you can turn this savory side into a full meal by ordering the poutine: delicious fries covered in cheese curd, house-made duck gravy, chives and a duck egg.

Amsterdam Bar & Hall
St. Paul, Minn.

The Amsterdam Bar & Hall in St. Paul, Minn., is the place to go for live music and a late-night snack -- especially if you're looking to nosh on french fries. This laid-back performance space devotes the top section of its menu to hand-cut spuds. Following suit with Amsterdam-style fries, the skins here are served beneath a layer of chopped onions with your choice of dipping sauce. You have your pick of eight different toppers, including standard ketchup. But for an atypical mouthful, dip your fries in signature sauces like curry mayo or honey sambaal. If the crispy fries just won't do, try one of Amsterdam Bar & Hall's "boats of fries." The "oorlog" option comes smothered with onions, peanut satay, mayonnaise and honey sambaal, while the "pataje jus" features a hearty dose of onions and gravy.

BOURBON STEAK
Miami

Helmed by celebrity chef Michael Mina, BOURBON STEAK (located in northern Miami's Turnberry Isle hotel) features a varied menu of contemporary American dishes, all of which are created from organic, locally sourced ingredients. While you'll find everything from sizzling sirloin to steamed Maine lobster gracing tables in the main dining room, we recommend you head to the bar and place an order for duck fat fries. The thickly cut (but not too thick) potatoes are sliced and then fried in duck fat for a crispy, bold taste. Once cooked to perfection, the fries are coated with three different seasonings and served with three signature sauces -- the selected fry and sauce duos change seasonally. The pairings pictured above are the rosemary-herb fries with spicy ketchup, the onion-flavored fries with chive crème fraîche and the smoked paprika fries with signature barbecue sauce.

Coreanos
Houston

At this beloved Houston food truck, Eastern flavors meet south-of-the-border zest. Roaming the streets of Houston, Coreanos serves up what it describes as "Mexican cuisine with Korean in-between." But Coreanos' wacky fry toppings earn it a place on this roundup. If you're not super hungry, keep it simple with an order of seasoned fries, which are served with a side of signature "el scorcho" dipping sauce made from spicy ketchup and Korean barbecue sauce. You can also turn your spuds into a full meal with one of two loaded options. The Kim Cheese fries come layered with spicy pork belly, caramelized kimchi, cheese and el scorcho sauce, while the Three Wise fries come with spicy beef short rib, spicy chicken, spicy pork belly, grilled onions, cheese and, of course, el scorcho sauce.

Fresh Fries Truck
Los Angeles

You'd be amazed by the types of toppings foodies dress their fries with -- anything from hummus to mango chutney can be found layered on crispy spuds. But before you chide these seemingly odd flavor combos, try them and other out-of-the-ordinary concoctions for yourself at the Fresh Fries Truck in Los Angeles. Pick between natural-cut, curly or sweet potato fries paired with 12 unique "awesome sauces," including chipotle mayo and sweet and sour. Or, if you're feeling a little more adventurous, try an order of "fancy fries," which come topped with unconventional sauces like green chili guacamole or hoisin sauce and crunchy noodles. Perhaps the most intriguing menu items are the sweeter varieties: The "Sweet Tooth" features sweet potato fries topped with sweet cream sauce, while the goat cheese fries are coupled with a raspberry sauce.

Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen
San Francisco

In the heart of San Francisco's Tenderloin district sits a trendy tavern with an unyielding love for french fries. Named for Jasper O'Farrell, the Irish immigrant who designed many of the city's major streets, Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen features a menu devoted to quality fries. First, pick your preferred style: thin-cut, thick-cut or sweet potato spuds. Then, sprinkle these crispy bites with your choice of seasoning. You can keep it simple with a light dusting of sea salt or enjoy a more decadent truffle, parmesan and herb seasoning. The kitchen also serves up hearty plates of poutine Jasper's staff recommends using thick-cut fries as a base to dive into hearty helpings of gravy, mushrooms or smoked cheese fondue.

Jonesy's EatBar
Denver

Buffalo wings and nachos are likely offerings you would expect to find on a bar menu . not layered on top of french fries. But Jonesy's EatBar, a gastropub in Denver's Uptown neighborhood, pairs its crispy potatoes with these flavorful specialty combinations. Jonesy's unique toppings have been recognized by many local media outlets like Westword and CBS Denver for the tasty additions to its delicious spuds. Only thick-cut potatoes can accommodate Jonesy's signature toppings: You can load your fries with one of five "World Famous" flavor combos. For an inventive take on the classic comfort food, sample the Bacon Mac & Cheese fries, or get your appetizer fix with the nacho or wing-styled wedges. If you're craving even more specialty flavors, try the Thai Ginger fries, which come doused with ginger, lemongrass, scallions and Thai chili sauce.

Pommes Frites
New York City

This New York City fry shop may be small, but the flavors found inside are mind-blowing. Located on Second Avenue in the East Village, Pommes Frites specializes in traditional Belgian fries, known as pommes frites. The thick-cut potatoes are fried twice to ensure both a soft inside and a crispy exterior and then piled high in paper cones. By themselves, the fries are delicious (albeit simple), but pair them with one of the 28 specialty sauces and you'll have trouble reverting back to plain ol' ketchup. Some of the restaurant's more unique dips include Vietnamese pineapple mayo, peanut satay and Bordeaux wine, fig and sage mayo. Not sure which sauce to choose? Pommes Frites will let you try each and every one (free of charge) until you find your favorite.

Thrasher's French Fries
Ocean City, Md.

Thrasher's has been catering to french fry purists since 1929 when J.T. Thrasher opened a small concession stand along the Ocean City, Md., boardwalk. Thrasher's can now be found in three separate locations in Ocean City and a fourth in Bethany Beach, Del. And to traditionalists' delight, the tried-and-true recipe hasn't changed -- the potatoes are still hand-cut and fried in peanut oil with the skins. But if you prefer to dip your chips in ketchup, you're out of luck. In terms of condiments, Thrasher's only provides a slight sprinkling of salt and vinegar so as not to detract from the rich taste of its signature spuds. You'll want to savor the flavor with a friend or two Thrasher's smallest serving comes in a 16-ounce bucket, though if you came hungry, you can order a hefty 53-ounce portion.

Varga Bar
Philadelphia

Perched on a quiet street corner near Independence Park in Philadelphia, Varga Bar provides a lively atmosphere -- complete with posters of 1940s pin-up girls originally drawn for Esquire magazine by artist Alberto Vargas -- for an evening drink or weekend brunch. While this local institution may not specialize in fry-making or sauce selection like other eateries found on this list, Varga Bar earns recognition for its unique twist on the spud. Appearing on both the brunch and dinner menu are Varga Bar's much-admired crab-cheese fries. The shoestring spuds are fried until golden and tossed with truffle oil. Then, the creatively crafted fries are paired with large chunks of jumbo lump crab meat, smothered with a creamy white cheddar sauce and sprinkled with parmesan.


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Perfect French Fries

IMPORTANT: Please be careful when frying with hot oil. Keep the pot on the backburner so little kiddos won't get hurt.

In a nutshell, here it is: Soak potatoes, dry potatoes, fry potatoes, drain potatoes, then fry again!

Peel and rinse the potatoes, then cut them into sticks by cutting the potato in four or five vertical pieces, then cutting each piece into sticks. Place them in a large bowl and cover with cold water, then allow them to soak for two or three hours. (You can also stick them in the fridge and let them soak for several hours or overnight.)

When you're ready to make the fries, drain off the water and lay them on two baking sheet lined with paper towels. Blot them with paper towels to dry them.

Heat a few inches of oil in a heavy pot to 300 degrees. In 3 or 4 batches, cook the potatoes for about 4 to 5 minutes per batch, or until the potatoes are soft. They should not be brown at all at this point! You just want to start the cooking process. Remove each batch and drain them on new/dry paper towels.

Once all the potatoes have been fried at 300, turn up the heat until the oil reaches 400 degrees. When the oil's hot, start frying the potatoes in batches again, cooking until the fries are golden and crisp. Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels.

Sprinkle fries with sea salt and dive in!

These are the facts of the case and they are undisputed:

1. French fries are delicious.

2. French fries dipped in a mixture of ketchup and mayonnaise are divine.

3. Did you know that&rsquos called &ldquoFry Sauce&rdquo in Utah?

4. If you peel a bunch of potatoes and cut them into sticks, then immediately plunge them into hot oil and fry them, they will never, ever, ever, be as good as the french fries I&rsquom showing you below.

5. French Fries for President!

I love lists. I never follow them, but I love them.

But it&rsquos really true, guys: to get perfectly golden french fries that are soft in the middle and crisp on the surface, plunging potatoes straight into oil just doesn&rsquot work. The starch on the outside of the potatoes interferes with the texture of the fries and never allows them to become nice and crisp, and in order to cook the fries long enough to soften the potato, the outside can often get to brown. Utter chaos, I&rsquom telling you!

Not that I&rsquove ever walked away from any form of fried potato. Let me just set that record straight.

But once you try french fries the way they&rsquore meant to be made&mdashand the way they&rsquore made by most restaurants and fast food chains&mdashyou&rsquoll have a hard time not trying to find ways to work french fries into your weekly menu. Whether or not this is a positive thing is something I&rsquoll let you figure out.

Begin by peeling five pounds of potatoes, then cut them into sticks. Throw them in a pot or large bowl and cover them with cold water, then let them soak for at least two or three hours.

Soaking the sliced potatoes is the fundamental first step of making proper french fries. The soaking process removes the troublesome starch on the outside of the potato, which will help the fries achieve the perfect crispness.

Note: Because somewhere along the way I got into the habit of planning ahead for fries, I usually wind up soaking the fries for several hours, or even overnight. Last Sunday, for instance, I peeled and sliced the potatoes before church and let them soak while we were gone so they&rsquod be ready to cook up when we got home. I&rsquod say the minimum time you&rsquod want to soak the potatoes would be an hour or so, but there&rsquos definitely no harm in going longer.

By the way, when this finally breaks, I&rsquom going to mourn.

You don&rsquot need this, though. Just cut the peeled potatoes into four or five long pieces, then lay them flat and cut them into sticks.

But I love that french fry cutter. It&rsquos seen me through some really rough times.

After they&rsquove soaked awhile, drain the fries, then lay them on a bunch of paper towels to dry them off. Blot the top of the potatoes to remove all the excess moisture.

Next, heat a pot of oil to 300 degrees, using a thermometer to monitor the temperature.

300 degrees is a low frying temperature&hellipand I&rsquoll show you why in a second.

Working in batches, add the potatoes to the 300 degree oil&hellip

Then fry the potatoes for about 4 to 5 minutes. The key here isn&rsquot to fry them or brown them at all&hellipjust to start softening them up.

Note: If you have little kiddos in the house, please be sure to put the pot on a backburner!

Once they&rsquore soft (I usually use the spatula to cut through one of them in the pot if it easily cuts through, they&rsquore ready) remove them from the oil&hellip

And drain them on (new, dry) paper towels.

Keep doing this until you&rsquove fried all the potatoes at 300 degrees.

Then&hellipcrank up the heat and bring to oil to 400 degrees. We&rsquoll finish them off a this high temperature.

Throw &rsquoem back into the oil and fry &rsquoem till they&rsquore nice and golden and crisp and irresistibly, ridiculously perfect.

When they look like they&rsquore brown enough, remove them from the oil&hellip

Drain &rsquoem on a plate with a napkin or paper towel&hellip

Then sprinkle &rsquoem with sea salt.

Look at what you made! A beautiful, golden brown, crispy, tender, gorgeous, perfect plate of french fries.


The 27 Most Epic Loaded Fries in America

Ah, the french fry. A great, grease-soaked American classic. Most of the time, they’re enjoyed with a side sauce like ketchup or mayonnaise. Or plain, because fries are good enough to be eaten on their own.

Sometimes, though, it’s fun to spice things up a little bit. And that’s where loaded fries come in. Loaded fries come with every topping imaginable, from the savory to the sweet to the just plain weird. And some of them are absolute MUST tries. Check ’em out.

1. Okonomiyaki Fries, Illegal Food (Atlanta, Georgia)

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Okonomiyaki is a type of a savory Japanese pancake, and they are typically accompanied by a special okonomiyaki sauce. These epic fries are topped with that sauce, plus Japanese mayo, fermented chili, bonito flakes, shredded nori, green onions, sesame seeds, and beni shoga.

2. Crispy Fries with Mornay Sauce, Garlic Aioli & Fried Egg, Au Cheval (Chicago, Illinois)

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Au Cheval, a Chicago-based restaurant, has gained fame for both its burgers and its fries. Because who could say no to fried eggs and garlic aoli?

3. S’Mores Fries, Sticky’s Finger Joint (New York City, New York)

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Yes, you read that correctly. S’mores and fries combined into one epic dish. Check out one of the three Sticky’s Finger Joint locations in New York City if you want to taste these fries for yourself.

4. Pizza Fries, Ishkabibble’s (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

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Ishkabibble’s has gained fame throughout Philly for its delicious cheesesteaks, but also for its decadently cheesy pizza fries. Get some to share with friends, or get a whole tin for yourself. No judgement.

5. Lobster Fries, Edzo’s Burger Shop (Evanston, Illinois)

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Nothing like a lobster dinner to make you feel fancy shmancy. At Edzo’s Burger Shop they throw lobster on the fries to add an element of class to greasy finger food. YUM.

6. Raspberry Goat Cheese Fries, Fresh Fries Truck (Los Angeles, California)

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Goat cheese and raspberry is actually one of the best combinations out there. And the substitution of sweet potato fries for regular fries makes this even better. Find this trendy dish at Fresh Fries Truck in LA for an awesome flavor experience.

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7. Loaded Crack Fries, Hopcat (Detroit, Michigan)

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These are called crack fries because they’re just that addictive. Hopcat is known for its signature double deep fried fries, and the loaded version of these comes with hickory smoked bacon, red onion, pickled jalapeño, and warm cheese sauce.

8. Dirty Dirty Fries, Pickled Fish (Long Beach, Washington)

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The fries at Pickled Fish are delicious and gourmet all on their own, served either classic or in sweet potato with truffle ketchup. But the “Dirty Dirty” upgrade adds garlic, fried pork belly, pepperoncini, and goat cheese, bringing these fries to a whole new level.

9. Gravy Cheese Fries, Steuben’s (Denver, Colorado)

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Fries with gravy and cheese are actually a relatively common dish they’re referred to as disco fries in New Jersey and poutine in Canada. The gravy cheese fries at Steuben’s, however, are famous in their own right. Visit the beloved Colorado restaurant and see for yourself.

10. Mapo Tofu Chili Cheese Fries, King Noodle (Brooklyn, New York)

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Mapo tofu, sometimes called mapo doufu, is a popular Chinese dish that consists of tofu cooked in a spicy chili sauce with fermented black beans and some sort of minced pork or beef. At King Noodle in Brooklyn, they’ve combined mapo tofu with chili cheese fries and created a new flavor experience all their own.

11. Smothered Fries, The Shaved Duck (St. Louis, Missouri)

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The name of these fries is certainly no exaggeration. The Shaved Duck’s smothered fries come loaded with pulled rib and pork meat, cheese sauce, and grated sharp cheddar. Artery-clogging and delicious.

12. Animal Style Fries, In-N-Out Burger (Various Locations)

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In-N-Out is a regional western US burger chain, and it’s famous for its burgers, its fries, and its shakes. Once a secret menu item, these fries became so popular that they were added to the regular menu. Animal Style Fries are topped with cheese, grilled onions, and In-N-Out’s special sauce.

13. Hangover Fries, Melt Bar & Grilled (Cleveland Heights, Ohio)

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We can’t guarantee that these fries will cure your hangover, but we CAN guarantee that they are freaking amazing. These are the perfect greasy post-going out meal, topped with seared pork belly, mozzarella cheese curd, gravy, a fried egg and scallions.

#SpoonTip: Do you think food really can cure a hangover? Read more here.

14. Bacon Cheese Fries, Kennywood Park (West Mifflin, Pennsylvania)

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What’s a trip to an amusement park without a paper tray full of sliced potatoes? At Kennywood Park, no day is complete with a healthy serving of bacon cheese fries.

15. Poutine with All the Add-Ons, Saus (Boston, Massachusetts)

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Poutine is a classic Canadian comfort food, and Boston’s very own Saus has found a way to make this already amazing snack even better. When you order poutine with “all the ad-ons,” you get a deep-fried egg, bacon bits, truffled mushrooms, pork belly, and bacon n’ stout braised beef.

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16. Jumbo Lump Crab Fries, Varga Bar (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

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If you’re looking for a more sophisticated kind of loaded fry, check out Varga Bar in Philly. Here, you can get an order of jumbo lump crab cheese fries. They’re artfully loaded with jumbo lump crab, fontina béchamel, parmesan, and truffle oil.

17. Kim Cheese Fries, Coreanos (Houston, Texas)

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The name of these dish is a play on the names of its two main ingredients: kimchi and cheese. This food truck is known for its Mexican-Korean fusion cuisine, and these fries certainly show that.

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18. Buffalo Mac & Cheese Fries, The Centennial Tavern at Jonesy’s (Denver, Colorado)

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The flavors of buffalo sauce and mac & cheese are two of America’s favorites. And when combined, they’re unstoppable. The buffalo mac & cheese fries at the Centennial Tavern at Jonesy’s are cheesy, spicy, and salty in all the right ways.

19. Carne Asada Fries, Taco Spot (Los Angeles, California)

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California is famous for its amazing Mexican food, and Taco Spot is no exception. Why settle for a boring burrito or taco from Chipotle when you get fries drowned in carne asada, gauc, salsa, and gooey melted cheese?

20. Peanut Buttercup Fries, Fresh Fries Truck (Los Angeles, California)

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Don’t let the unfamiliarity of these fries scare you away. The salty fries and sweet peanut butter and Nutella are a match made in heaven. Find the Fresh Fries Truck in LA to see for yourself.

21. Pastrami Fries, Kenny & Zuke’s (Portland, Oregon)

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This delicatessen is not for the faint of heart. And neither are these loaded pastrami fries. Kenny and Zuke’s has become a Portland institution and these fries are a constant crowd favorite.

22. Ooey Gooey Fries, Chego (Los Angeles, California)

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The ooey gooey fries from Chego in LA are very true to their name. These beer-battered fries, FRIED FRIES, are topped with sour cream sambal, monterey jack and cheddar cheeses, cotija, chillies, cilantro and pickled garlic. Definitely messy to eat, by definitely delicious.

23. Bangkok Fries, Boheme (Houston, Texas)

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They say that a lot of things are bigger in Texas. Bangkok fries sure are no exception. These fries are piled high with hoisin, sriracha, garlic mayo, cilantro, crushed peanuts, smoked pork shoulder, and yellow curry dust.

24. Palak Paneer Fries, Potato Champion (Portland, Oregon)

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If you’re a fan of Indian cuisine, these palak paneer fries are your dream come true. The geniuses at Potato Champion have found the tastiest way to combine exotic flavors with the quintessential fries America snack.

25. Curry Sweet Potato Fries, Saucy Porka (Chicago, Illinois)

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Saucy Porka’s curry sweet potato fries are the absolute perfect combination of spicy sweet. Topped with queso fresco and curry aioli, these fries are a must-try.

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26. Python Chili Cheese Fries, Sammy’s Wild Game Game Grill (Houston, Texas)

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Yes, you read that correctly. Python fries. These definitely aren’t for the faint of heart, but if you’ve ever had the strong desire to try python meat you should schedule a trip to Sammy’s Wild Game Grill.

27. Chimichurri Fries, 4505 Burger & BBQ (San Francisco, California)

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Chimichurri sauce basically tastes good on everything, so why would fries be any different? The ones at 4505 Meats in San Francisco are especially amazing. Plus, they’ve been served at Coachella, so eating them will make you feel like you’re there.