French fries may have been invented by the French (or the Belgians or whatever), but Americans perfected them. How else can you explain the mass quantities we consume, and the deep sadness we feel when they go to waste. From the deliciously simple to the deliciously smothered, here are 11 fries in Boston you need to be inhaling right now:
Everyone knows that Roxy’s oozy griddled sammies reign supreme, but their fried spuds are also a must. Fresh cut potatoes form the base, then they’re seasoned with rosemary, sea salt, and truffle oil. So simple, so effective... and so cheap! Only $4. Pro tip: you can add bacon to ANYTHING at Roxy’s for $1.
It didn’t take long for Tasty Burger’s sizzled patties to find a place in our hearts and arteries. Even the Sox named them their Official Burger. But you can’t have the Lone Ranger without Tonto, and you can’t have burgers without fries. And lots of them. For a mere $3, procure a large heap of their thin cut, lightly salted taters that exemplify the delicate balance between crunchy outside and soft inside. Up the ante with cheese sauce (regular or spicy, sausage gravy, chili, or all of the above).
Lucky’s, that semi-hidden over-the-channel mainstay, ushered in the elevated comfort food movement, and their fries certainly helped the cause. They have golden brown skinny fries (with some skins, of course) that go great alongside their burger or flying solo. Wash them down with a maple Old Fashioned.
At Saus, it's all about fries, so they had better be exceptional. Guess what? They are! They start with hand-cut aged Idaho Russets fried to perfection. The rest is up to you. Opt for basic frites and dip them in one (or all) of the 13 brilliantly named sauces, from the super garlicky Vampire Slayer to the beer-infused Colonel Mustard With The Wrench. Better yet, indulge in some poutine made from Pineland Farms (ME) cheese curds and beef/chicken gravy. If you really want to go big, you can doctor them up further with truffled mushrooms, bacon n’ beer braised beef, or pork belly. But most importantly, they're damn fine on their own.
What's a high-end Italian restaurant doing on this list? Making amazing French fries, that's what!. Sure, Teatro is best known for their house-made pastas and gelatos, but don't miss the fries. Parmesan truffle fries, to be exact. The aromatic nuttiness of Parmigiano-Reggiano makes these somehow even more addictive.
Kingston Station defines "urban bistro" with their creative fusion cuisine. (Like ginger-edamame hummus). As such, they take their truffle fries to a whole other level. They coat their crispy potatoes with truffle oil and scallions, and then cover them with a happy blanket of melted Gruyère. Erase your memory with some Absinthe and get the fries again. Repeat as necessary.
Every brasserie worth its weight in butter must have excellent pommes frites. It’s a law or something. Brasserie Jo delivers with no-nonsense, simply-executed fries that complement every dish. Pro tip: pop in for lunch when fries are the standard-issue accoutrement. Like with the Grand Jo Burger with duck/foie sausage and duck egg. Or the Croque Monsieur. Or Steak Tartare. Any choice = you win.
Wait, there’s an Asian fusion restaurant on this list? Correct again! Shojo serves up not one, but two unique offerings in the fry game. First up are duck fat hand-cut fries with Sriracha aioli. Duck fat, people.They also have "Shadowless Chili Cheese Fries", a so-crazy-it-works combo of kimchi, Velveeta, Chen San’s Mapo tofu, and scallions. Who knew?
Allston / BU
The two Sunsets are beer-lover meccas, with more tap lines than you can handle and more bottles than you can fathom. And they know salty snacks = more beer orders. Their spiced curly-q fries are amazing plain or with cheese. Then you have the original sour cream & chive fries with homemade ranch -- basically a remixed baked potato. Spice fiends will want to grab the Cajun Fire Fries. And another beer.
UBurger, your other favorite local burger chain, earned their stripes with mouth-watering, made-to-order patty creations, like the Stunt Double Cheeseburger. And you definitely want fries with that. Here, they are homemade and hand-cut, then cooked in vegetable oil (no trans fats!). This will make you feel 3% better about the chocolate frappe you're ordering.
Before you even arrive at Grill 23, you know you’re getting the tender 18oz 100 day-aged prime ribeye from Brandt Beef (CA). It’s a la carte, so that steak will need some friends. French fry friends. At this Back Bay institution, they are lightly seasoned with sea salt and gremolata, a chopped herb condiment made with lemon zest, garlic, and parsley.
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1. Lucky's Lounge355 Congress St, Boston
2. Saus33 Union St, Boston
3. Teatro Boston177 Tremont St, Boston
4. Kingston Station25 Kingston St, Boston
5. Brasserie Jo120 Huntington Ave, Boston
6. Shojo9 Tyler St, Boston
7. Sunset Grill & Tap130 Brighton Ave, Allston
8. Sunset Cantina916 Commonwealth Ave, Boston
9. Grill 23161 Berkeley St, Boston
During the early days of the Fort Point renaissance, Lucky’s opted for out-of-the-way-no-sign-having coolness in this red, plush '50s-esque lounge. Even cooler: there’s FREE shuttle service to Lucky's from anywhere in South Boston!
Come to Saus to get the best of all things Belgian -- that means you're chomping down on pommes frites (with over 13 different sauce/saus options) and Liége waffle sundaes.
Teatro, a high-end Italian spot in the Theatre District, is best known for their house-made pastas and gelatos. Here’s a not-so-secret secret: order the fries. Parmesan truffle fries, to be exact. These subtly flavored stunners start with a salty crunch and finish with the aromatic nuttiness of parmigiano reggiano. Good luck sharing. Spoiler: you won’t do it.
Kingston Station defines “urban bistro” with their creative fusion cuisine (like the very popular Ginger Edamame Hummus). As such, they take their truffle fries to a whole other level. They coat crispy potatoes with truffle oil and scallions and then cover them with a happy blanket of melted gruyere. Erase your memory with some Absinthe and get the fries again. Repeat as necessary.
Brasserie Jo brings traditional French fare to Back Bay, with classics like coq au vin, Tarte Flambée, and steak au poivre. And every brasserie worth its weight in butter must have excellent pommes frites. It’s a law or something. Brasserie Jo delivers with no-nonsense, simply-executed fries that complement every dish.
Tucked away in Downtown Boston's Chinatown and named for a Japanese sea spirit, Shojo focuses their Asian fusion far on small plates of meats and steamed buns alongside savory noodle bowls. Much like its customers who order a slew of plates and share them amongst themselves, this hidden treasure covered with urban takes on famous Japanese art has also got a penchant for sake and inventive house cocktails.
Although this Allston spot is known primarily for its HUGE beer selection (nearly 400) -- which makes sense, because this joint is right near BU and is in the frat/party central area of the campus -- it's also got a massive food menu to boast about. It features everything you could possibly think of, including nachos, BBQ ribs, fish tacos, 1/2 lb. burgers, fajitas, and a bunch more. If you aren't coming here hungry, there must be something wrong.
Sunset Cantina delivers cheap Mexican fare to grateful BU students, and salty snacks are the best way to keep the crowds thirsty. They up the ante with their original Sour Cream-N-Chive Fries with homemade ranch and for heat lovers, the oh-so-smoky Cajun Fire Fries will put sweat on your brow. (Also served with ranch for cooling purposes.)
Designed with a multi-floor dining room, enormous traditional columns, and plenty of dark mahogany paneling, Grill 23 provides the ideal setting for sophisticated white-tablecloth dining. The menu offers one of the best steaks in the city: an 18oz, 100-day aged prime ribeye with a charred salty crust. The wine list is equally laudable and includes plenty of options to pair with your savory entrée.