Few cravings are as potent as those for French fries: those hot, crispy, salty potatoes that taste just as good all on their own as they do piled next to the best burgers in America. Invariably one of the most-ordered dishes at the best chain restaurants in America and definitely at eateries serving the best hangover food ever, we can’t resist these deep-fat-fried spuds. Here are the best French fries in America, from pommes frites to poutine and everything in between.
Best French fries in America
Specializing in hand-cut, twice-fried Belgian-style fries, this popular late-night spot offers a menu of wildly inventive takes on poutine, those gravy- and cheese curd-topped taters that hail from Quebec. The classic version is delicious, but we’re partial to an Americanized take that spoons rich BBQ pulled pork over perfectly crisp fries.
Inspired by the Mexamerican fare typical of Baja, California, this Denver spot features a menu heavy on fish tacos and quesadillas. Perhaps its most loved dish, though, is its carne asada fries, a heap of crispy potatoes served nacho-style, with melty shredded cheeses, creamy Mexican crema, guacamole, salsa and tender slices of marinated grilled steak.
This Coconut Grove gastropub, sister restaurant to the nearby The Spillover, matches its creative and satisfying burgers and sandwiches with a worthy partner: burnished, deep orange sweet potato fries that are sweet and salty, crispy and tender at the same time. Best of all? If you can’t choose between the sweet spuds and LoKal’s equally tempting regular fries, you can order a 50-50 mix.
The specialty at this creative hot dog spot is bulgogi, Korean-style grilled marinated beef or pork, which the restaurant piles into buns and tops, variously, with Asian slaw, diced jalapenos, chopped green onions and sesame seeds. They also serve a variety of loaded fries, the best of which are the Angry Kimchi: crispy sweet potato fries loaded up with spicy pork bulgogi, kimchi, cheese, jalapenos and a runny fried egg.
This homey tavern features an extensive menu of craveable comfort foods like house-made beef and pork sausages, chicken and waffles and beer-braised beef sandwiches. A whole section of its offerings is devoted to poutine, that gravy-loaded Quebecois specialty, but we actually like the base—the fries—all on their own. True to the restaurant’s name, the spuds come with a variety of super-creative dipping sauces: choose from Vampire Slayer (roasted garlic, roasted garlic oil and house-made mayo); Pindasaus (peanut butter, soy sauce and chili paste); Bacon Parm (smoked bacon and parmesan, served warm); and about a dozen more options.