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RE: who makes the best french fries 2005/01/14 07:00:19 (permalink)
The Swan Drive-In Theater in downtown Blue Ridge, GA! For $2 you get a huge basket of potato wedges, and they cook them to perfection. I think they have some kind of coating on them, but it is a light coating.
The Swan is open year round showing first run movies. I drove the family up there last weekend to see a double feature.... And boy was it cold!!!!
They have very good funnel cakes also.
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RE: who makes the best french fries 2005/01/20 16:39:36 (permalink)
Sorry - gave them up over a year ago and have lost 15 pounds. Do miss them!!
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RE: who makes the best french fries 2005/02/01 17:43:25 (permalink)
Have to agree with the Nathan's assessment as the best fries. Though I do miss the long little wooden forks to eat them with. Plastic is just not the same!
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RE: who makes the best french fries 2005/02/06 19:52:06 (permalink)
I'll go with Wendy's, McD's slightly overcooks them for my taste...
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RE: who makes the best french fries 2005/02/12 05:51:41 (permalink)
Oooooooo french fries!!! I could LIVE on french fries (if I didn't die from a massive coronary first).

My Fry Reviews...

McDonald's - Awesome if they're hot (as with any fry!)
Wendy's - Good...
Arby's - TERRIBLE - they used to be DECENT but then they changed their recipe...what the crap? I really hate their curly fries, too. However I love me some Arby's sandwiches!
White Castles - Yum...good stuff...greasier than most though
In-N-Out - Mmmmm - King of greasiness, but they are good - however they rank #1 in cardboard-taste when they get cold.
Burger King - grrrrr...another company that changed their fries years ago and I've been ticked off about it ever since because I do love their burgers.
Del Taco - Did I say In-N-Out was the greasiest? I digress.
Carl's Jr/Hardees - From what I remember...they were OK
Jack In the Box - Decent, but I HATE their burgers - Ick!

The best fries EVER
I usually find these in obscure places like bowling alleys and tiny roadside diners. I don't know why, but they're always the best.

Outback Aussie cheese fries get an honorable mention.

Are you a fry-enthusiast looking for a twist?
Go to Cincinnati, Ohio and visit Habit's Café in the Oakley neighborhood. They have sweet potato fries with apple-butter dipping sauce - pretty unique.
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RE: who makes the best french fries 2005/02/18 21:00:06 (permalink)
I don't care for fries made in vegetable oil. I prefer a fry boiled in animal fat such as duck or goose fat(it makes for a much tastier product). My favorite fries are pommes frites or Belgian fries that are commonly found on the streets of Amsterdam. There are a few places in the U.S. that have tried to replicate real pommes frites, but they don't use animal fat as the cooking oil. The oil is what creates the taste. Authentic pommes frites are made from fresh, never frozen potatoes. Once cut, they're soaked in water, completely dried, blanched for a few minutes in a low temp oil, sweated, finished of in a higher temp oil, and then served in a paper cone with various home made dips. Once you've tried authentic pommes frites, you become addicted. Unfortunately, it's next to impossible to find authentic pommes frites in the U.S. But the next time you're in Amsterdam......
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RE: who makes the best french fries 2005/02/18 21:22:24 (permalink)
There was a local sandwhich shop in town that went out of business. Wish I knew why, best subs I've ever had. I think it was just that she was such a witch. They had the best fries, don't know why. They just had one of those cutter deals on the wall. Cut the potato right in front of you and threw it in the broaster. They we're actually very limp, but tasty.
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RE: who makes the best french fries 2005/02/18 21:47:58 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Mark in Ohio

I'll go with Wendy's, McD's slightly overcooks them for my taste...


that's funny..I have always thought that Wendy's were a bit UNDERcooked..got a batch once that had been accidentally 'overcooked' a few secs...mmm.were they GOOD...
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RE: who makes the best french fries 2005/02/18 23:35:27 (permalink)
Here in beautiful Santa Cruz County, my favorite places for fries are:

Cole's BBQ
http://www.metroactive.com/papers/cruz/04.17.97/dining-9716.html

Carpo's
http://www.carposrestaurant.com/
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RE: who makes the best french fries 2005/02/19 03:04:13 (permalink)
Yah, yah. . . . Micky D and their chemically enhanced food product[Note: Not 'food'], and oil in Portland that has exponential numbers of hours on it, and pomme frites in Amsterdam with mayo. Had them all.

As Bingo914 above notes, real fries come from Thrashers, on the Boardwalk in Ocean City, MD. Served in cups, with malt vinegar, and you burn your mouth on the first few. Them's fries!!
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RE: who makes the best french fries 2006/01/17 14:24:09 (permalink)
To bring this post back to life...

As far as fast food is concerned, I have always been a fan of McDonald's fries. Charley's has some pretty decent fries, too, especially if you get them smothered in cheese or ranch & bacon.

Loaded fries are seriously addicting, too. Most places serve loaded fries with several kinds of cheese, bacon bits, sour cream, chives, salt, pepper, etc. Mmmm.

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RE: who makes the best french fries 2006/01/17 14:36:09 (permalink)
I'm not much of a fan of French fries, and when I do eat them I like them with a good vinegar. Not long ago I tasted some fries that my grandson had and they were terrific. They were from Rally's -- known as Checker's in some areas -- and they were nicely seasoned and not greasy.
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RE: who makes the best french fries 2006/01/17 15:02:21 (permalink)
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RE: who makes the best french fries 2006/01/17 15:19:40 (permalink)
Not much of a fries fan but when I do have them I like the little thin ones like Steak and Shake or White Castle. And I don't have them often. Love potatoes but there are ways to have potatoes that are far better than in fries, I think.

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RE: who makes the best french fries 2006/01/17 19:46:19 (permalink)
Usually the crinkle cuts found in a small diner!
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RE: who makes the best french fries 2006/01/17 19:47:57 (permalink)
Or, the ones on the Pier at Old Orchard Beach, Maine... With the vinegar, of course!, and LOT'S of salt.
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RE: who makes the best french fries 2006/01/17 21:27:56 (permalink)
My favorite all-time fry was from a white wagon outside of the Parliment building in Ottawa Canada.
I think a well done crinkle cut fry served on an unbleached grey pressed paper plate tastes best. Hmm. sort of the like The Kewpie Diner in downtown Racine Wisconsin. Dam, now I'm thinking road trip!
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RE: who makes the best french fries 2006/01/17 21:55:32 (permalink)
The fries on the boardwalk (actually, an asphalt walk) at Keansburg, N.J. I think it's called Anne's. There are vinegar dispensers aplenty on the counter. Very, very good fries. A small order is served in a paper cone.

It's right opposite Old Heidelberg's hot dog place and tavern, now owned by Nickerson's, which is a story unto itself. Old Heidelberg has traditionally had a sign up that says "No outside food permitted".....that is, except for the fries from across the way.

Now, that's tradition. If you go this summer, at Old Heidelberg's check out the old marble tables. The marble is actually bent from age. A true wonder of the world.
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RE: who makes the best french fries 2006/01/17 22:14:38 (permalink)
McDonald's were always pretty good until the dreaded food police shamed them into changing to veg oil from lard.

Of course I go back far enough to rememeber when each McDonald's store fresh cut (yes fresh cut!) their own fries. Now those were GOOD!

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RE: who makes the best french fries 2006/01/18 15:26:26 (permalink)
If the fries at McD's of Wendy's look like they've been lying around for a while, ask for salt free fries. Then they'll do a new bunch, which you can salt yourself. A little bit of trickery, but it works.
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RE: who makes the best french fries 2006/01/18 17:23:38 (permalink)
I always ask for fries without salt only way to get hot ones.
As far as Fries go I generally perfer MCD's, I really can't even eat Burger King's. Wendy's are decent if hot. I really perfer a crisp not undercooked steak fry myself.
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RE: who makes the best french fries 2006/02/24 13:03:59 (permalink)
Listen people....you want a satisfying, gratifying french fry experience?? Drop by the Pittsburgh Area anytime between Labor Day and memorial day, give me a ring and I'll take you to Kennywood Park. Within this 100 year old, world class amusement park is a place called The Potato Patch. Fresh potatoes are turned into fries alllll day. Skin on, crispy, long and salty (with cheese if you please). I can't figure out how they keep the oil so sweet when the lines are constantly backed up for a mile; dueling fryers I suppose. There is nothing like smelling the smells, seeing the sights, listening to the screams from the Thunderbolt coaster and feeling the mist from the Log Jammer while munching on Potato Patch fries and drinking a freshly squeezed lemonade!

Hey, if you're lucky and it's a nice hot day, I might even wear my daisy dukes and a belly shirt for you! HEH
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RE: who makes the best french fries 2006/03/04 19:52:06 (permalink)
The best fries I ever had were from Ollie's Trolley in Louisville, KY, and from a little hamburger stand in Crailsheim, Germany (best burger ever there as well!). G.D. Ritzy's had good fries as well, and I liked them because I like the thin shoestring type and not the thicker ones or crinkle cut.


Andrea
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RE: who makes the best french fries 2006/03/05 00:16:29 (permalink)
Hello All,
In the fast food nation world- McDonalds, though Wendy's are good when eaten with their chili.
Locally- Dave's Taverna, Jesse's Quick Lunch, and the local bowling alley makes awesome ones.
Also, I have found Bravo's, an Italian place makes great fries.
Best of all- when the cosmos and I are one, I make the best, but that has happened about 5 times in the
last 10 years.
Take Care,
Fieldthistle
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RE: who makes the best french fries 2006/03/06 07:08:52 (permalink)
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Originally posted by AndreaB

The best fries I ever had were from Ollie's Trolley in Louisville, KY, and from a little hamburger stand in Crailsheim, Germany (best burger ever there as well!). G.D. Ritzy's had good fries as well, and I liked them because I like the thin shoestring type and not the thicker ones or crinkle cut.


Andrea


Andrea,

A friend of mine gave me the "secret recipe" for Ollies Trolly french fry spice about 20 years ago.

I bet about now you are thinking,"so lets have it already".

I didn't use it much at the time(although it is super-fantastic on fries)because there was some controversy about the safety MSG at the time.I believe now MSG is known to be safe,and it is the "secret ingredient" in Ollies Trolly fries.

Enough rambling so here it is...

EQUAL parts of chile powder,salt,and MSG.

Don't skimp on the MSG,EQUAL parts.

So simple but so good,try it,you will like it!

Deep fry some taters(I fresh cut),drain and then dust VERY HEAVY with this spice mixture,and you have it,just like Ollies Trolly fries.

Try it and let me know what you think !

One of my best kept secrets,dont spread it around.
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RE: who makes the best french fries 2006/03/09 19:55:57 (permalink)
I prefer the fresh cut twice cooked fries but actually don't mind the frozen ones served at Long John Silvers.
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RE: who makes the best french fries 2006/03/09 20:05:53 (permalink)
Anyone who makes them "steak cut" and buttery on the inside and crispy on the outside.
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RE: who makes the best french fries 2006/03/09 20:20:52 (permalink)
1. Nathan's of Coney Island circa 1973- I haven't had them in a verrry long time, but I have very fond memories. I wonder if they still stack up a bunch of those thick-cut fries on the long wooden fork?

2. Union Square Cafe, NY, NY- Best fries in a 5 star restaurant

3. In N Out, West coast- The only chain that gets it right (that I am aware of)

4. Googie's, NY, NY- Big mountains of shoestrings that come with your sandwich or burger.

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RE: who makes the best french fries 2006/03/09 20:59:28 (permalink)
Nationally - Nathan's

Local - Town Spa Pizza in Stoughton, MA. Certainly ate my share of those during college.
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RE: who makes the best french fries 2006/03/09 21:40:50 (permalink)
Wow, there are so many folk saying "I do" to this topic it is sort of like a Las Vegas wedding chapel on Saturday night.

Of course I could join the chorus, but will demure for now.
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