French fries get a bad rap. Chefs fret over whether to serve them at up-market restaurants because on one hand, they’re simple and cliche, but on the other hand, they’re f*cking delicious. Still, there is some skill to creating the perfect fry — from how you cut the potato to the technique you use to cook them. And of course, you can take the dish to even greater palate-exploding heights with the seemingly endless variations of salty, savory, umami, sweet, sour, spicy, and bitter toppings you heap on. Fine, maybe not bitter. Bitter fries sound weird.
Let’s take a visual tour of all the fries you can handle and some seriously spectacular and delicious toppings:
Plain And Simple
Often fries are good enough on their own. A little salt, maybe a spritz of lime and you’re good to go. But in those instances, one would be hard-pressed not to need a sauce for dipping. Mayo, cheese, ketchup, gravy, and egg yolks are solid choices for each fry to bathe in before being enjoyed.
Easy. Simple. Delicious.
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Combining two of your favorite foods into one glorious dish is a fantastic way to have the best of both worlds. Pizza fries, nacho fries, bolognese fries, cheesesteak fries, and currywurst fries are just the tip of the fried-potato-iceberg. These five fused fries are a good place to start a calorie-laden food adventure.
Rich And Trendy
How much money can you spend on a plate of fries? Evidently, a lot. Even if it’s just something trendy like aged mozzarella and harissa fries, you’ll still be paying to eat the latest cool kid spices. Then you get into some serious treats that will lighten anyone’s wallet — truffle fries, caviar fries, foie gras fries, truffle and gold leaf fries! We hope whomever orders gold on their fries at least appreciates the irony of putting gold leaf on what is a classic fast food treat.