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Who Makes the Best French Fries

Updated on March 15, 2008

The Perfect French Fry

I try to stick to a healthy diet most of the time, especially after watching Super Size Me. But I do have a weakness for a delicious French fry. I have been known to drive quite a distance just for some piping hot French fries.

Lately, I've been disappointed with fast food French fries. Is it just me? Have I outgrown fast food? I don't know, but here are my votes for some of the best French fries in the business.

McDonald's French Fries

McDonalds Fries No More

In the good old days, McDonald's restaurants had the best French fries anywhere. They were always hot, crispy on the outside, and perfectly salted. It seems that quality control isn't as important to Mickey Ds anymore. The fries at McDonald's are almost always cold and usually greasy. There are always more than a few that are way past their prime and barely recognizable as a french fry. Then when they started using the new oil, that was the end of the perfect McDonald's French fries. My quest for the perfect fries has resumed.

Arby's Curly Fries

Best French Fries

After testing fries from several fast food chains, I have come up with a new best French fry winner. It is: Arby's curly fries. Is a curly fry technically a French fry? I'm not sure, but Arby's curly fries are mouthwatering good. Arby's offers regular fries as well. Don't order those- not good. But curly fries from Arby's are not greasy,deliciously crisp, and they have added seasonings other than salt. Plus eating curly fries is just plain fun.

Rally's Restaurant

Runner-Up for Best French Fries

My runner-up for best French fries is Rally's restaurants. They are also called Checker's, depending on their location. Rally's fries are similar to Arby's curly fries in that they use more seasonings than just salt. The combination is delicious. And I have yet to get a cold batch of fries from Rally's. If you ever see a Rally's or Checker's, try out their French fries. And the burgers are very good, too.

Your Suggestion for Best French Fries?

If you have a different suggestion for best French fries, let me know. I'm always up for a reason to try out new fries.

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      6 years ago

      I would say Five Guys Burgers and Fries have the best fries ever. Fresh made their and your very own fresh basket of fries dropped in peanut oil when you order.

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      7 years ago

      I have recently found McDonald's fries lacking. My favorites are Carl Jr.'s and the potato wedges at KFC.

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      Chuck Lie 

      7 years ago

      The best fries bar non are at the Gold Bar Hotel at US 2 and 9th street in beautiful gold bar, washington. I have been eating fries my whole life and this place is it. They are fresh cut and real potatoes and the entrees are good as well. I do not waste any time with ketchup, just a dash of salt and, well, heaven on earth is here.

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      7 years ago

      I've had good and bad fries from the same place many a time. Over all, I still think McDonalds wins hands down. Frisch's makes the best onion rings as known in Ohio.

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      MarK Wgtless 

      7 years ago

      Nathans fries , i have always like.

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      7 years ago

      If you think arbys nasty curly fries arent greasy, you need to squeeze them again...they full of grease...nasty..there home fries were better for sure.

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      7 years ago

      Burger King.

      They also got burgers, duh.

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      Sandra Iverson 

      7 years ago

      Hands down, Portillo's! And be sure to get the cheese to dip them in better known as cheese fries. These can be found in Chicago and surrounding suburbs, Indiana (1) & California (2). Then, come to Keokuk, IA and have some fresh cut, skins on, dripping in grease fries from Chintz's Bar!

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      7 years ago

      The No. 1 Fry is served at Steak & Shake bar none. The No. 2 fry comes from Wendy's, the new type they are serving, natural cuts. Mc's are good but have slipped in quality as of late and you have to order them straight out of the fryer or they are cold by the time you get half way thru them.

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      dana white 

      7 years ago

      checkers mutha sucka

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      Carl Sagan 

      7 years ago

      My favorite type is fries with skin still on them and being solid but not too hard or soft,i don't like them ahving a ton of grease and i like them to be an intermediate thickness and one last thing i liek them to jst have a pinch of asalt with plenty of pepper:)

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      8 years ago

      omg reading this posts is just killin me...we were in Edmunston NB last summer and didnt get any fries..this summer we were in Nebraska, and too didnt get any fries, I will have to go on another road trip, cause my fries here are just OK, but I have to admit, Harvey's are my local favs!!!

      to the potatoe!!

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      8 years ago

      I've always debated about what the best fry is since I know I can't eat them all the time so I have to carefully choose which one is the best and worth a break from the old diet. If we are talking fast food fries, then I agree Arby's curly fries and Rally's fries are the best specially seasoned varieties, and Wendy's has the best traditional salt-and-pepper variety.

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      8 years ago

      The best fries are from Wendy's.

      Harvey's is next in line.

      Perhaps then comes McDonalds.

      My opinion, ofcourse.

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      8 years ago

      New york fries used to be really good, not so much anymore, but really if you want a good fry steer clear of the fast food joints completely and head to a chip truck, almost all are head and shoulders over any restaurant. Thick freshcut fries with malt vinegar and a little salt, a good fry doesn't need alot of seasoning. Almost chip truck weather here in the great white north.

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      8 years ago

      the best fries are potato ole's from taco johns. 6 pack and a pound!!!

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      8 years ago

      Try Donovan's in Manchester NJ. Very good fries. I don't care for the ribs...sauce isn't all that good. Aside from that Donovan's is fantastic!

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      9 years ago

      I think that Runza has the besst fries! they are soft and yummy! i love arby's and McDonalds too!!! i love RUNZA!!! i am going to have it for lunch today!!!

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      9 years ago

      mcdonalds makes the best fries always has always will.

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      Mike Bouska 

      10 years ago from Midwest USA

      My wife still loves the McDonalds Fries, but the local Mickey D's probably think of her as the fry Nazi. She will not accept fries from the bin. She has to see them come out of the fryer, get salted then placed on her tray.

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      grill'n guy 

      10 years ago from San Diego

      Angela you are killing me with this Arby's stuff! First it was the Horsey Sauce on fries and now the curleys. There is an Arby's just down the street and my walks don't make up for the fries and sauce. On top of that Kerryg reminds me of the Runzas from my home state and now I have to have my brother ship me some. Guess I'll just have to be fat and happy.

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      10 years ago from NW Indiana

      Schoop's in N.W.Indiana and some places in Chicago-land.The regular order is enough for 2 or 3 people. Local franchise...but awesome burgers too!

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Oh, and I forgot to weigh in with my vote.... Jack in the Box makes pretty good curly fries. Red Robin (not quite fast food) has good steak fries, especially if you use their seasoning salt and dip in ranch dressing. YUM!

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      10 years ago from USA

      There's a local fast food chain here in Nebraska called Runza that makes some excellent crinkle cut fries. They have some pretty good onion rings too, though those tend to be a bit more mixed - some days really good and some days too greasy or dry.

      I've also developed a real taste for fries with vinegar and salt, but my favorites are the sour cream and chive ones at, of all places, the local vegetarian restaurant, McFoster's. Sooooo good.

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      Rhym O'Reison 

      10 years ago from Crowley, Tx

      Captain D's has great fries, but curly fries from Arbys are pretty stinkin' good.

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      Angela Harris 

      10 years ago from Around the USA

      Steph, Thanks. I'm a huge fan of French fries, so I thought what the heck?

      Uninvited Writer, don't even mention onion rings. I love them even more than French fries. It is much more difficult to find good onion rings. My bet would be for Frisch's (or Shoney's) onion rings. They are homemade and delicious.

      Bob, if I'm ever out that direction, you can be sure I'll be looking that place up.

      Kathryn, I have only recently discovered the combo of vinegar and French fries- divine. I'll be sure to check out Eegee's when I'm in Arizona again.

      Thanks for all of the suggestions, everyone! Maybe I'll take a road trip just to sample new French fries. Do you think one could turn that into a book? (That people actually bought?)

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      Kathryn Vercillo 

      10 years ago from San Francisco

      Ooh, Arby's curly fries are definitely good! I'm a fan of the old-style French Fries a A&W when they're smothered in vinegar. There's also a sandwich place called Eegee's in Arizona (chain but local to the state) which has these huge crinkly fries that rank number one in my book.

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      Bob Ewing 

      10 years ago from New Brunswick

      There is a little place, a roadside diner, just outside Edmundston NB, that makes great french fries.

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      Susan Keeping 

      10 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      My favourite French fries are those from Harveys. They are a fast-food hamburger place in Canada. They taste like home-made. Of course, their onion rings are better...but that's another story.

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Angela - great hub! I almost did one of these too! In fact, I thought about a fast food review hub... :-)


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