Our 10 Best: French Fries

Our 10 Best: French Fries

Banks of fryers at the ready for the lunch rush, Five Guys.

We admit it - we love fries, almost more than life itself. But we have very high fry standards, and cannot be easily satisfied. First off, steak fries, cottage fries, and waffle fries don't qualify, though we've seen almost-acceptable versions of all those perversions. We don't like those shred fries, either, of the type served with the blue cheese burger at Spotted Pig and with the whole fish at Mary's Fish Camp - though both places are otherwise excellent.

Our 10 Best: French Fries

The classic shoestring fries are gobbed with garlic and sprinkled with fresh parsley at Beacon.

Neither do we like fries dusted with starch to make them browner or crisper, under conditions of inadequate frying, though things like garlic and parsley put atop the fries can be estimable enhancements, but only in the right hands. And sweet potato fries are fries in name only. While the Belgians invented the fry, the art form has been carried around the world, and now you never know what nationality will come up with a perfect batch.

Here then are Our 10 Best French Fries, and a slew of runners-up that will do in a pinch. The potato has never had a higher calling; great fries are not only a foodstuff, but a religion.

Following are the Runners-up to Our 10 Best.

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