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Best French Fries

Posted December 19, 2011

French fries are probably one of the greatest food creations out there. Can you imagine growing up without McDonald's french fries in your Happy Meal? 

It is true that not all fries are created equal. Some are soggy, oversalted or even hard and burnt.

Here are our picks for the top five french fries in the area: 

Cloos' Coney Island (Raleigh) - Their shoestring fries are freshly made and come with toppings including cheese and chili. Do I need to elaborate anymore? (I gained a pound just typing that.)

Winston's Grille (Raleigh) - These fries are lightly seasoned with garlic for a special kick that isn't too garlicky. 

Carolina Ale House (Various locations across NC) - These lightly seasoned fries are the perfect side for the Ale House's famous burgers. Also, they taste pretty great with some barbecue sauce. 

Raleigh Times (Raleigh) - These house cut fries are covered in cheddar, bacon and scallions and served with roasted garlic ranch. A meal within themselves. 

Geer Street Garden (Durham) - This place gets a nod for its appetizer known as "The Pile" – fried chicken, french fries, jalapenos, bacon and melted cheddar cheese covered in gravy. (Image above courtesy of our friends over at The Practical Cook blog.)

Honorable mentions: We don't normally put national chains on our lists, but I have to give a shout out to Chick-Fil-A for its waffle fries, Steak-and-Shake for its freshly made fries, Five Guys for its mountain of hand-cut fries with Cajun seasoning and Outback Steakhouse for its Aussie Cheese Fries appetizer with bacon, cheese and ranch dressing. 

Which french fries do you love? Sound off in the comments section below. 


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  • geauxcajun Dec 28, 2011

    In-n-Out on the west coast has the best, but Steak and Shake is a very close second!

  • dhowell Dec 22, 2011

    Western Sizzlin in Rocky Mount. Hand cut fries done to perfection.

  • chathamtalbott Dec 22, 2011

    My favorite.. those seen tossed a trash can, which means they weren't eaten, sparing someone of further consequences from our junk food world.

  • Frizz Dec 22, 2011

    Hooters on Wake Forest Rd. Get 'em double dipped fried extra crispy. Even better served with Bleu Cheese Dressing.

  • itsmebaby Dec 21, 2011

    I like Remington Grill's fries and fry sauce. Rudy's Grill in Apex also has a decent size of fries.

  • Dr. Smooth Dec 21, 2011

    Best shoestring fries: Cloos (always perfectly cooked and hot to your table -- in 15 years, I've had only 1 order that wasn't absolutely perfect), Steak N Shake is a decent 2nd (but less consistent); best crinkle fries (and I'm not a big crinkle fry eater): Mo Joe's; best cheese fries: Players Retreat (although the Raleigh Times' are good, too); best waffle fries: Chik Fil A

  • cstanley3 Dec 21, 2011

    Remington Grill makes particuarly bad fries. What a soggy mess they are. Ugh. No wonder they closed even with their prime location at Crabtree Mall.

  • cstanley3 Dec 21, 2011

    Bojangles, hands down winner among chains. McDonalds, Chic-Fil-A and other chains only top pick of people without taste buds.

  • tedfarr Dec 21, 2011

    I know you try to avoid chains, but Red Robin has some of the best sweet potato fries around!

  • LuvLivingInCary Dec 20, 2011

    mcdonalds all the way!!!!!!