Judging by the number of things we deep fry in Atlanta, it's clear most people say "yes" when asked if they "want fries with that." But sometimes we want fries all on their own. Or covered in cheese curds. Bottom line, whether or not they come with a great burger, we want 'em, so here are the ATL's 11 best fries...
Okonomiyaki Style Fries
Illegal Food (address and info)
These fries, conveniently located at a restaurant you need to try now, may not be easy to pronounce, but they’re unlike any spuds in town because they're topped with three sauces, bonito flakes, sesame seeds, and more. So good, they're almost worth learning how to pronounce "okonomiyaki."
Truffle Parmesan Fries
JCT Kitchen & Bar (address and info)
You come to Ford Fry’s first restaurant for "Angry" Mussels or Sunday Supper, but then you smell an order of the Truffle-Parmesan Fries going by. Do the right thing.
Leon’s Full Service (address and info)
Does it come as a surprise that one of the best cocktail bars in the country offers a way to soak up said best cocktails in the country? Heck, these pub frites, served with sauces like smoked tomato mayonnaise and goat cheese fondue make Leon’s a destination even without the drinks.
Fred's Meat & Bread (address and info)
The lines at Krog Street Market’s sandwich darling may be daunting, but they’re worth braving for these thick-cut, spiced fries and harissa mayo.
Bantam + Biddy (address and info)
What do you get when you combine duck fat fries, local cheese curds, and gravy? The best thing ever to be inspired by Canada since... um, ever?
Noni’s (address and info)
Old Fourth Ward
Noni’s, like any respectable hipster institution, wears two hats: that of an Italian-inspired deli and that of a PBR-fueled nightclub. We’re sending you there for the piles of garlicky Parmesan fries, but the dance parties are okay too.
The Porter Beer Bar (address and info)
Little Five Points
You’ll never guess what the Belgian fries pair well with at this beer bar. No, really: they suggest Lagunitas Dogtown Pale Ale, because they pair beers with Every. Menu. Item.
The General Muir (address and info)
The poutine at this Jewish deli ain’t kosher... err, maybe it is, how should we know? What we do know is that it combines crispy fries, gravy, cheddar cheese curds, and fried house-made pastrami, and is totally delicious.
Yumbii (address and info)
What makes the fries at Atlanta’s OG food truck “far out food?” Well, they’re round. But also, they’re topped with sesame, soy, and chili, plus they're accompanied by chipotle ketchup. Far out, man.
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1. JCT Bar1198 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta
2. The General Muir1540 Avenue Pl NE Ste B-230, Atlanta
3. Leon's Full Service131 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur
4. Bocado887 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta
5. Fred's Meat & Bread99 Krog St NE, Atlanta
6. Illegal Food1044 Greenwood Ave NE, Atlanta
7. Noni's Bar & Deli357 Edgewood Ave. NE, Atlanta
8. The Porter Beer Bar1156 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta
The lofty, rustic, upstairs portion of JCT Kitchen wants you to enjoy the eastward view while putting away glasses of their by-request-only patio drink containing muddled Meyer lemons, fresh mint, crushed ice, and 12yr Elijah Craig, which they call the "W
The General Muir is an homage to the timeless New York-style deli, though the white subway-tiled space looks more like a demure bakery than a generations-old Jewish deli. The hallmark of the morning-to-night menu is, of course, the bagels, which are hand-rolled and kettle-boiled. Sandwiches are named after the streets of Alphabet City and served open-face with smoked fish spreads ranging from nova and schmear to trout salad. The rest of the menu reads like a combination of Katz's and Russ & Daughters: house-cured pastrami with chopped liver, latkes with apple sauce, and matzoh ball soup are all there. The only giveaway that you're not in New York is the friendly smiles from the people dining next to you.
Housed in an old gas station, Leon’s Full Service in Decatur practices the principle of southern hospitality, performing the restaurant equivalent of “full service,” while fueling you up with New American fare, not gasoline. Try sharing plates, charcuterie boards, larger plates, and hand-cut pommes frites, served golden-fried and ready to be outfitted with the most decadent of dipping sauces, including mango-peppadew ketchup, peppercorn gravy, and goat cheese fondue. The outdoor patio has tiny overhead lights and pebbled pavement, making for a delightful place to snack with friends and family.
Bocado's burger -- two patties of blended short rib, brisket, and ground chuck, topped with American cheese and butter pickles -- is one of the best in Atlanta. You may very well come here for the burger but end up more than satisfied with the rest of the contemporary dishes, like deviled eggs that'll rival your grandmother's, a grilled cheese & bacon sandwich that's near impossible to recreate at home, and a lobster roll special that'll transport you to Cape Cod on first bite.
With freshly baked bread from nearby The General Muir, Fred's serves up some of the best deli sandwiches and burgers in Atlanta from Inman's Park's Krog Market. Whether you stick to something classic like a hand-pressed bacon cheeseburger or opt for something a little more adventurous (and a little more greasy) like the 'Shroom Shire Cheesesteak made with molten house-blended cheese, tender grilled onions, mushroom Worcestershire, and garlic aioli. Anything on the limited menu goes perfectly with a cup brimming with hot, crispy fries seasoned with ranch or bbq seasoning.
Crime doesn't pay, but it does eat. Specifically: late-night jelly-filled doughnut burgers at O4W's Illegal Food housed inside Joystick Gamebar.
Noni’s, the family-owned-and-operated neighborhood trattoria in the Old Fourth Ward, was named for the founders’ Italian-born grandmother, and thus classic Italian fare rules the menu. And by the looks of the brick-front building and rustic, soulful food and drink, it may come as a surprise that Noni’s, open every day until 2:30am (and midnight on Sundays), is home to one of the neighborhood’s greatest late-night scenes. Stop in for lunch every day from 11:30am on, and join for dinner, craft cocktails, and wine, and stick around for a wild, after-hours dance party.