Food & Drink

The 11 Best French Fries in Atlanta

Published On 03/11/2015 Published On 03/11/2015

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)
Virginia Highlands
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."

JCT Kitchen & Bar

Truffle Parmesan Fries

JCT Kitchen & Bar (address and info)
Westside
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.

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Pub frites

Leon’s Full Service (address and info)
Decatur
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.

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Herb fries

Bocado (address and info)
Westside
Chef Todd Ginsberg knows his way around fried potatoes: he created three of the recipes listed here. Bocado’s fries, tossed in butter, garlic, and herbs, were his firstborn, and alongside the epic Double Stack Burger, they hold their own just fine.

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Cumin fries

Fred's Meat & Bread (address and info)
Inman Park
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.

The Fry Guy

Cone of fries

The Fry Guy (address and info)
Various locations
Jobe, The Fry Guy, only makes one thing: chicken. Psych! Try the cone of fries with a unique sauce like malt aioli next time you see him at a festival.

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Poutine

Bantam + Biddy (address and info)
Various locations
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

Noni’s Fries

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

Belgian fries

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.

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Poutine

The General Muir (address and info)
Druid Hills/Emory
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.

Hankook Taqueria

Sesame Fries

Yumbii (address and info)
Various locations
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 Bar 1198 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318 (West 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

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2. The General Muir 1540 Avenue Pl NE Ste B-230, Atlanta, GA 30329 (Atlanta)

This sleek, white subway-tiled deli in Victoria Estates looks more like a demure ice cream shop or bakery than it does a place you'd go to stuff yourself with a stacked, saucy sandwich. Oh, but that's what it is -- the cured meats on the sandwiches at The General Muir could compete with even a New Yorker's go-to deli (they're very heavy on roast beef, corned beef, and pastrami). And that's just at lunch: Breakfast and dinner options include all the egg dishes you could think of and big servings of fresh fish and steak.

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3. Leon's Full Service 131 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030 (Decatur)

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.

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4. Bocado 887 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 (West Atlanta)

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.

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5. Fred's Meat & Bread 99 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Inman Park)

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 like the 'Shroom Shire Cheesesteak or an Oyster Po Boy, it'll go perfectly with a cup full of hot, light, and crispy fries (with ranch or bbq seasoning, preferably).

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6. Illegal Food 1044 Greenwood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 (Old 4th Ward)

Crime doesn't pay, but it does eat. Specifically: late-night jelly-filled doughnut burgers at O4W's Illegal Food housed inside Joystick Gamebar.

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7. Noni's Bar & Deli 357 Edgewood Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Old 4th Ward)

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.

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8. The Porter Beer Bar 1156 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Little 5 Points)

Grab a casual dinner & brew at The Porter Beer Bar in L5P, outfitted with comfy wooden booths and exposed bricks.

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