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Who do you think makes the best french fries?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on May 13, 2009

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IHOP. I like the seasoning on them.”

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“McDonald’s. I think the taste is just incredible.”

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“Gran-Daddy’s BBQ. Their french fries are good and real.”

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“Free State. They’re big, not like the McDonald’s squishy little french fries, and they’re not too greasy.”

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bronze 4 years, 11 months ago

fries at the Eldridge are pretty good.

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Defender 4 years, 11 months ago

The one time I went to Five Guys, the burger was ok, but the fries were terrible, and I mean really terrible. Haven't been back. Culvers has good ones, along with Backyard and Free State. Sonic is so inconsistent anymore that I just don't eat there, but I used to love the tots.

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Connacht 4 years, 11 months ago

"France - they make 'em with love."

They're okay, but not great in most places I've had them in France.

Being a Belgian invention, calling them "Freedom Fries" only gave further justification to the American stereotype as the ignorant warmonger. Fortunately, I was always mistaken for being British or German while in France.

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BigAl 4 years, 11 months ago

Biggs BBQ with the sweet sauce...

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jackpot 4 years, 11 months ago

Give me In N Out fries. Or McD's before they changed to frozen, before they sold the first 1,000,000 they used fresh cut fries. Ok I know I'm old!

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Pywacket 4 years, 11 months ago

Runza's crinkle cut fries are always good.

Five Guys' either plain or seasoned are heavenly.

Vermont St. BBQ's sweet potato fries are great.

Seasoned curly fries at Arby's aren't bad.

Depends on what you're in the mood for and what else you're eating or drinking.

I'm willing to try other offerings around town before I determine my own personal favorite.

McDonald's? You have got to be kidding me. Skinny, greasy, nondescript, overprocessed dreck.

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password 4 years, 11 months ago

France - they make 'em with love.

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Original_Me 4 years, 11 months ago

autie you crack me up!

I gotta say 5 Guys. Yeah, 5 Guys. 5 Guys 5 Guys 5 Guys 5 Guys 5 Guys!

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abw2102 4 years, 11 months ago

The McDonald's website lists dextrose as an ingredient in their french fries, as well as beef flavor. Mmmm...sugary, beefy, potatoes.

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Richard Heckler 4 years, 11 months ago

Does McDonalds still sweeten their fries with sugar?

"McDonald's fries, for example, are briefly dipped in a sugar solution, which gives them their golden-brown color; Burger King fries are dipped in a starch batter, which is what gives those fries their distinctive hard shell and audible crunch."

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Chris Ogle 4 years, 11 months ago

The Salt Mine in Baldwin City..... they also have good pork tenders, grilled (not deep fat fried)

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TheOriginalCA 4 years, 11 months ago

Johnny's Tavern until they got cheap with their food quality. They used to cut their own fries and the were awesome. Now they have those awful school lunch fries and burgers... finger down throat...

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OzChicklet 4 years, 11 months ago

Yeah! Pepperjax has great fries!

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OzChicklet 4 years, 11 months ago

Set 'em Up Jacks has the best fries! Thick steak fries, crinkle fries, sweet potato fries! Hot and crispy! Your choice! I prefer them without the special seasoning. Used to like McDonald's but can't eat them now because they have wheat in them and I have been diagnosed with a gluten intolerance.

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perryproud 4 years, 11 months ago

five guys has the best fries ever!

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Tom Shewmon 4 years, 11 months ago

My wife says my steak fries are the best. Use red taters or the gold are good too, cut them into wedges and deep fry in peanut oil and some bacon grease (always save your bacon grease), then put them in a bowl with a few paper towels to soak up the extra grease, sprinkle generously with Lawry's seasoned salt, eat and enjoy while hot. And don't worry about your arteries or BP or anything.

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guesswho 4 years, 11 months ago

meggers - there is a chick-filet on campus in Wescoe Hall eatery (Underground, I believe it is called) for your waffle fry cravings. But parking is always a problem.

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Jillster 4 years, 11 months ago

Another vote for Runza. Their crinkle-cut fries are crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside, and always perfect!

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ohjayhawk 4 years, 11 months ago

Outback's bacon cheese fries and Chik Fil A's waffle fries

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 11 months ago

Back in the Tin Pan Alley day, their cheddar fries were a good hangover cure.

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GreenEyedBlues 4 years, 11 months ago

I love that a health care administrator is offering his two cents on the "incredible" taste of McDonald's french fries.

ROFL

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TobiasFunke 4 years, 11 months ago

West Coast Saloon has damn good fries (and burgers).

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prospector 4 years, 11 months ago

Mayo! That's un-American, but I guess in Brussel, do like a Brus??..., don't know what to call them.

Best naked, but can be a good vehicle for the March Mustard Madness at Free State Brewery.

I worry about those "Give me ketchup or give me death" folks. It is usually the only vegetable they get in the day.

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parrotuya 4 years, 11 months ago

Best fries, a 3-step process:

  1. Remove all trace of potatoes.

  2. Replace with grease, salt and petrochemicals.

  3. Market heavily with multimedia blitz!

DOWn, baby, DOWn!

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Newell_Post 4 years, 11 months ago

Who makes the best french fries? The Belgians, ironically. They serve them hot and with mayonnaise. Get 'em from the street vendors.

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bronze 4 years, 11 months ago

vermont BBQ's fries are pretty good!

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hipper_than_hip 4 years, 11 months ago

I like waffle fries at Backyard Burgers.

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labmonkey 4 years, 11 months ago

Burger Kings and the Sonics that have the coated fries. Those are damn good. Just because McDonalds is in with JR Simplot doesn't make their fries the best.

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 11 months ago

roger, when I worked at McD's in the 70's is was just fine to order fries with no salt as so many have health conditions, and fries are cooked all the time. They just drop a new basket, and sack yours before they salt them, no problem.

TOB, thanks for the heads up on the weather. The weather channel for my areas says, rain..maybe. Yet on their little adjacent map of the state I see it shows red for this part of the state.Screwy. After reading your comment I put in my zip on NWS and sure enough, threat of severe is increased. Thanks. My satelite cut out most of yesterday and it a "tame day', today may be worse, so I might not have known. Kudos buddy, I'll get my errands done now.

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hawklet21 4 years, 11 months ago

For fast food, I just can't not say McDonald's. I especially love the super greasy ones (hey, I don't eat there often, so I've got to go all out.) I loooovvvee me some sweet potato fries too! There's a little joint in Westport-Blanc Burgers and Bottles-that makes really good sweet potato fries. They serve 'em up in a little shopping cart, and there is enough for 2-3 people in one order.

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Tom Shewmon 4 years, 11 months ago

Prospector....excellent!! Wow! You're right, the simple task of driving through fast-food joints run by the fed just would be too cumbersome---not to mention now that $5.99 value meal would be around $11.99, if they even offered a value meal. Although, I actually DO keep an old pill bottle with salt/pepper packets and napkins in my console. Well, thanks for playing along. Funny!

Seriously, the thing about french fries is the inconsistency. One day, McD's are great, the next, they may be like eating strips of cardboard. One day, BK's taste like old grease and horrible, the next time, they can be excellent. Should our congress look into this? Just kidding.

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meggers 4 years, 11 months ago

Jim, the health care administrator, gushing about McDonald's fries? Anyone else see the irony in that?

I like those waffle fries from Chick Fil A. Does anyplace in Lawrence have something similar?

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prospector 4 years, 11 months ago

Arthur Bryant's are cooked in lard and an excellent vehicle for the sauce.

McD's, I knew someone that would order fries with no salt so they would not get ones sitting under the light. Then ask them for salt at the window. I thought it was a good pimp of "the man".

Tom, go inside, get a pocket full of packets, and stash them in the truck. Grab a hand full of napkins while you are at it and thank Ronald on your way out. Don't you think if the government were running it, they would have to take your blood pressure before "issuing" you some salt and make you buy a carbon credit for the napkins. You are for less government, right?

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 11 months ago

Call MIB. Seriously. And they're improving airplane designs. Just look at them. http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/2009/may/12/170451/

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Kat Christian 4 years, 11 months ago

Angler's waffle fries....mmmmmmm they taste clean, crispy and flavorful - not like cardboard

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schula 4 years, 11 months ago

I'm with Blue and Catfish -- Runza has the best fries!

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bombshell 4 years, 11 months ago

Vermont St BBQ's sweet potato fries.... although Dempsey's new sweet potato fries are equally as good, even with the cinnamon they sprinkle on top, they're still good but I like Vermont Street's the most!

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jumpin_catfish 4 years, 11 months ago

Runza has great fries and bacon cheese burgers. I'm hungry, who buying?

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demonfury 4 years, 11 months ago

The French of course - I'm wondering why is it that when this country is currently in a financial shamble, we want to know who makes the best fries? Are you serious? Can we possibly talk about something worthwhile? Yesterday it was dandelions, today it's french fries, tomorrow will probably be, "What's your favorite brand of shoes?" LJW at it's best..............

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Tom Shewmon 4 years, 11 months ago

I think congress, led by Pelosi and Reid, should quickly intervene and make it a federal law that all fast-food french fries served through the drive-thru window have mandatory salt packets placed in the bag, and if not, customers be allowed legal recourse to sue them and/or the fast-food joint be slapped with a stiff fine by the federal government....like at least $1000 per incident. The government needs to just take over fast food in my opinion. I know some of you are thinking, "WOW!" right now that I would propose this.

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spacehog 4 years, 11 months ago

France. They make good Freedom Fries, too.

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Music_Girl 4 years, 11 months ago

Spangles and Free State both have good fries.

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Tom Shewmon 4 years, 11 months ago

I mean: I always thought Spangle's fries were pretty good.....(wow!)

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Tom Shewmon 4 years, 11 months ago

I always thought Spangle's fries were pretty good.

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autie 4 years, 11 months ago

I'm always assailed for being of thin pancake eater descent. Now I'm the cause of spring weather in SEK. In hindsight, dandelions and weather and french fries...I'll just stand on my deck and look out at the yellow flowers, then glance a cautious eye to the sky, take a sip of good scotch and remark to myself, "that's just the way it is".

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 11 months ago

autie, Nope it's Leprechaun Day.

" What about the thin, pancake eater wine? C'est bon, oui?"

Wine is just spoiled grapes...
You have to have heat in the equation for good beverages. But if I do have to settle for incomplete alcohol, I would choose an Argentinian wine first.

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3crookedhearts 4 years, 11 months ago

The truffle & parmesan fries at Ten are out of this world. Vermont St.'s seasoned fries are superb. For "fast food" you can't do much better than Five Guys or Culvers.

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 11 months ago

Autie -

Yesterday, they had three different things on dandelions. Also, what did you do to mama nature to make SE KS the target of weather this spring?

Kelly's in Basehor has awesome french fries and onion rings.

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townie79 4 years, 11 months ago

Potato Ole's from Taco John's WITH a side of Nacho Cheese!!!

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Machiavelli_mania 4 years, 11 months ago

All places that do not serve "Freedom Fries". That was just a stupid thing to do, very stupid.

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autie 4 years, 11 months ago

What is this, National Cholesterol Day? Three articles about french fries? (or Belgium fries or freedom fries)

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autie 4 years, 11 months ago

Mon ami? No fries? The local tavern/grill has a fantastic chicken fried steak with home made, whole, skin on "freedom" fries..with gravy all over everything. Pretty tasty. It is good winter food. Fast food fries suck...all of them.

Next you will tell us you don't eat the snails or frogs or underground mushrooms? What about the thin, pancake eater wine? C'est bon, oui?

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roger_o_thornhill 4 years, 11 months ago

Local Burger has good fries if you can get past the crazy prices of everything else. Sweet potato fries are good too. McD's fries would be ok if they would just let the customer decide how much salt to use. It is almost like they have stock in a salt mine or something.

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Chris Ogle 4 years, 11 months ago

Can't eat them anymore... But if I did it would be Micky Dees

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 11 months ago

Yes, I'm with RI. I never eat french fries. Now, find me a good freedom fry and I'm all over it.

Looking like an outbreaky kind of day out East. Yet another reason not to live in Missouri.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 11 months ago

I do not care for thin little pancake eater fries.

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trinity 4 years, 11 months ago

anyplace that serves sweet potato fries. well, almost anyplace 'cos i'm sure somebody could screw those up-but for the most part, mmmmmmm-love 'em!

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