America’s best french fries

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French fries can be found on restaurant menus all across America, from the smallest takeout shanty to the grand bastions of fine dining. But like all universal foods, quality can vary from mealy and soggy to super-crisp and perfectly golden.

As a service to our fellow Americans, we took it upon ourselves to track down the best french fries in America for the third year operate, and were proud to present a lineup of 50 fries that can be awarded our highest level of french fry praise– theyre so good, they dont even require ketchup.

Americas 50 Best French Fries( Slideshow )

Although the origin of the fry is somewhat of a sore spot for our European friends( the French and the Belgians still can’t agree about which country invented them ), they have become a fine example of quintessentially American food. They’re deep-fried, they’re the perfect vehicle for sauce, and they’re made from one of the country’s most bountiful crops, potatoes; what can be more American than that?

What precisely stimulates for a perfect fry? There’s the crunchiness element, for sure that crisp exterior texture that isnt greasy or soggy, achieved through a perfectly-timed fry( or two, and sometimes even three) in fat thats only the right temperature. Then, the soft, fluffy interior, filled with potato that’s cooked through but not dried out or raw-tasting. The colouring also comes into play the best fries have that mouthwatering golden-brown hue. When all of these elements come together, they generate the perfect fry , no seasonings necessary.

For 2016 s ranking, we first set out to define exactly what we would be considering; loaded fry dishes werent included, as we already covered them with Americas Most Outrageous French Fries.

Some of our selections are fried in duck fat or dusted with herbs or seasoning mixture, but every honoree induced the list because their fries are outstanding on their own, with no adulteration. Avocado, sweet potato, and yucca fries were also not considered, as those are completely different animals altogether.

From an initial listing of fries from several hundred eateries from across the country( assembled by combing preexisting rankings and tapping into the knowledge of our staff editors, city editors, and contributors ), we are to whittle down the top 50 thanks to a survey taken by The Daily Meals readers. You answered the bellow, and when the dust determined, we had a clear winner.

1) Balthazar, New York City

A restaurant that maintains its status as a place to ensure and be seen despite having been around for virtually 20 years, Balthazar is known for serving French bistro classics. One of the signature items, on a menu filled with quite a few, is the steak frites, a perfectly-cooked steak served alongside a heaping tangle of supremely crisp fries. Thin-cut and fried to an otherworldly tint of golden brown, these are irresistible , not greasy at all, and are far easier to run your route through than you may think. The constant line of people waiting to score a table may appear to be due to the chic clientele, but actually its all about the fries, which weve deemed the very best in America.

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