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Best French fries

Catherine Barker  |  Updated 05/16/2014

Fries vary wildly in flavor, texture and temperature. Here are delicious spuds worth every crispy calorie.

 

BGR: The Burger Joint

Washington, DC

Of the local burger chains, BGR delivers the most exceptional fries. Pick Yukon Gold or Idaho Sweet, then decide whether you want them topped - with roasted garlic, fresh rosemary or Parmesan cheese. All three? Prepare to be sold on aroma alone. $2.89 before toppings.

 

Bourbon

Washington, DC

A word of caution: It is futile to resist the waffle fries at Bourbon, which remain impossibly crunchy bite after bite. Here the seasoning is Old Bay, the dip classic ketchup. One portion serves several diners, but don't be surprised if you don't want to share. $5.

 

Brasserie Beck

Washington, DC

The Belgian-style fries delivered to this casual restaurant hit all the right marks when prepared in grapeseed oil: hot, salty and crisp right to the bottom of the bowl. A shower of fresh chopped parsley enhances these thin-cut fries, which are fabulous with or without their house-made mayonnaise trio. $8.

 

Cafe Saint-Ex

Washington, DC

Sweet potato fries are so often flabby, but not at the aviation-themed Cafe Saint-Ex. Here, the orange-hued, skin-on spuds are firm and sport an almost crusty edge, thanks to their sprinkling of salt, cinnamon, sugar and paprika. Somewhere on the flavor scale between savory and sweet, they're a welcome change from "regular" fries. $5.

 

Eamonn's/A Dublin Chipper

Alexandria, VA

Don't call them fries at this proud Old Town eatery. These chunky "chips" come in little paper sacks and are best when doused with several splashes of malt vinegar. House-made dipping sauces (warm curry, Marie Rose and tartar, to name a few) take the flavor even further. $2.75, small; $3.75, large; 50 cents, extra sauce.

 

Et Voila!

Washington, DC

One hundred pounds of potatoes are peeled and cut daily at Et Voila. True to the restaurant's Belgian roots, they're blanched in the fryer once and then fried again to order. The result is an ultra-crisp exterior, that, when bitten, reveals a creamy texture within. The well-salted fries are great on their own, but a dip in house-made mayonnaise transports you directly to Europe. $5.75.

 

Granville Moore's

Washington, DC

Fries come in two sizes at this Belgian-themed gastropub: small and large. They're seasoned with a fragrant blend of fresh rosemary, tarragon, parsley, thyme and fleur de sel. A small comes with one dipping sauce; a large gets you two. The truffle aioli is rich and addictive, the horseradish cream just hot enough. $4, small; $7.50, large; 25 cents, extra sauce.

 

The Brewer's Art

Baltimore, MD

Located in a historic townhouse in the Mount Vernon neighborhood, Brewer's Art is probably best known for its homemade beer. Look around, though, and you'll see nearly everyone is eating fries. Rosemary-garlic fries, to be specific, and they're wonderful. Thin and crispy, these hand-cut treats are worth the trip. $4.

 

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