Eyes on the fries! Best French fries in America
November 26th, 2012
11:45 AM ET
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If you crave fries in San Francisco, Jasper's Corner Tap is a natural choice. But your decisions aren't over yet. Will it be thin, thick, or sweet potato? Do you try the smoked-paprika seasoning or a cheese curd-based poutine, or play it safe with sea salt? There's an entire menu devoted to customizable fries at your fingertips.

French fries are one of the true crowd-pleasers - a food that friends agree upon, that turns up at both five-star steakhouses and roadside dives, and that is familiar but can also surprise you. They can be cut thick or curly, cooked with or without skins, served Belgian-style in paper cones or in a parchment-lined basket with malt vinegar on the side. No matter how you slice it, the deep-fried spud is king.

So, how do you know a good one? "The best fries are made from fresh-cut potatoes and double-fried, which adds crispness," says Glenn Walker, who has been posting reviews at frenchfrydiary.blogspot.com since 2004. "I've also noticed that more and more restaurants are enhancing the flavor of their fries by frying them in duck fat, seasoning them with truffle oil, and serving them with numerous dipping sauces," he says.

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  1. Sir Biddle

    They could have been sliding McDonald's fries in the back door and sprinkling them with basil and placing a hefty price tag on them. Glad I checked this place out, but I wouldn't place them on the best fries list. Beer list was enjoyable though.

    December 10, 2012 at 9:18 am |
  2. goatsandgreens

    The very best fries are steak fries. I'm not sure how they make them, but I love them crispy on the outside and soft and warm on the inside. Served with salt, and NO ketchup.

    I eat them very seldom these days, but when I do, that's what I desire. (No, McDonald's fries were never any good, sorry.)

    November 27, 2012 at 6:47 am |
  3. Jerv

    I love mayo on my fries.

    November 26, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  4. Mildred

    I *SO* have to remember this place when I get back to the Bay Area.

    November 26, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫


      November 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  5. Mary Shannon

    The absolutely best non-chain restaurant fries are at The Blazer Pub in Purdys, NY. They are thick cut steak fries. A small order is enough for 2 people and a large will feed a table of 6 or more.

    November 26, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • Truth™@Mary

      I concur! Been there, tried them, will be back...

      Another runner up from my neck of the woods, The Wishbone in north Denver, where they batter dip the fries before cooking. Unbelievable!

      November 26, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  6. Jello Shooter

    Wendy's chili and cheese fries. Nuf said.

    November 26, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      I love fries. FRIES FRIES FRIES.

      November 26, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
      • RichardHead

        Mine have to be well Frenched and HOT.

        November 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • hmm

      Bad fries with bad chili with bad cheese. Pass.

      November 26, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  7. Truth™

    One of my favorite places just north of Denver. They actually batter dip the fries before cooking. Freakin Nirvana!


    November 26, 2012 at 11:58 am |
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