Food & Drink

The 13 Best Plates of Fries in Miami

Published On 02/04/2015 Published On 02/04/2015
Javier Ramirez

We've already told you about Miami's best burgers, and the best burger in every Miami 'hood, and even Miami's most underrated burgers, but you know what a burger can't do without? Post-it notes he can use to break up with Carrie, obviously. Just kidding (!), it's French fries, so we rounded up the 13 best examples in Miami...

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Harry’s Pizzeria

Design District
What you’re getting: Polenta fries
Polenta is updated for the much fatter 21st century: a Jenga tower of block-shaped fries -- crispy and golden on the outside, creamy polenta on the inside -- is served with homemade spicy ketchup.

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Pincho Factory

Westchester & Coral Gables
What you’re getting: Cajun fries
You'll need a knife and fork to eat this gloriously messy serving of fries topped with grilled onions, Cajun seasoning, and secret pink sauce. Plus, you can use said knife and fork on anyone who tries to steal a fry from your plate.

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LoKal Burgers & Beer

Coconut Grove
What you’re getting: 50/50 Fries
When it comes time to order your side, go 50/50, a mix of sweet potato fries and regular French fries that comes with barbecue sauce AND honey mustard. Directions: Take one of each fry into your hand, dip into the BBQ and then immediately into the HM, eat, repeat.

The Seven Dials

The Seven Dials

Coral Gables
What you’re getting: A side of French fries
Chef Andrew is so passionate about his waffle-cut fries...err, chips, that he’s started a crusade against fake fries. For real.

Taurus in the Grove

Taurus in the Grove

Coconut Grove
What you’re getting: French fries
There's a whole section of the menu dedicated to fries, the best being the not-so-regular seasoned with truffle oil, but if you want to go extra heavy on the carbs, you can't go wrong with the sweet potato fries with honey, or the avocado fries with spicy sour cream.

Bourbon Steak

Bourbon Steak

Aventura
What you’re getting: Trio of fries
You won’t find these on the menu, but the good thing is that they are given complimentary to every table during dinner. Cooked in duck fat, the fries are extra crispy and served three ways: tossed in rosemary with spicy ketchup, dusted in onion with sour cream sauce, and with a smoked paprika & smoked barbecue sauce.

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db Bistro Moderne

Downtown
What you’re getting: Pommes Frites
Everything in France is better in threes (hence, ménage à trois)... Here, frites come skinny, piled high with a hint of garlic, Parm cheese, and rosemary, plus a trio of sauces: horseradish mayo, Dijon mustard, and ketchup. They are also $7 during happy hour.

Toro Toro

Toro Toro

Downtown
What you’re getting: Yuca fries
In Miami, we get to play with ingredients that most other cities are not privy to. Yuca fries are a standard, as the starchy root is the perfect ingredient for light fries. Toro Toro takes them up a notch by seasoning them with olive oil, lemon, garlic, herbs, and vinegar.

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Josh’s Deli

Surfside
What you’re getting: Fries with truffles & Parmesan, poutine fries, or fries with corned beef
Josh’s menus change frequently, but if you ever spot the crinkle-cut smush fries with sweet toppings, order them.

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Edge, Steak & Bar

Brickell
What you’re getting: House-cut fries
Served in metal baskets and covered in truffle, these hand-cut, skin-on fries come with a truffle aioli that'll have you shuffling back for more... and looking a little Chunk-y..

Keg South

Keg South

Pinecrest
What you’re getting: Basket of French fries
These free-form fries are fried in Crisco oil (making them extra greasy) and pair perfectly with the award-winning wings, and a pitcher or two of beer. Fry thickness varies between restaurant locations, but they are always crunchy.

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El Mago de las Fritas

West Miami
What you’re getting: A side of extra papitas
The papitas are the little crispy fries (never frozen) stuffed into a frita, the famous Cuban hamburger. Fans are encouraged to order the papitas on the side to eat by themselves. We say dale, bro.
 

Big Pink

South Beach
What you’re getting: A bucket of hand-cut fries
We already told you all about Big Pink’s newest burgers, but the fries aren’t ones to be overshadowed, and because you are in a diner, fries are mandatory. Pile them on top of anything you order.

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1. Harry's Pizzeria 3918 North Miami Ave, Miami, FL (Design District)

If you're looking for a standard plain slice, Harry's is not your place. But if you're looking for Michael Schwartz to transform ordinary pizza into unique new creations, go here where they're dishing pies like the Oyster Mushroom, Slow-Roasted Pork, and MGFD Bacon -- all of which will not disappoint.

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2. Pincho Factory 9860 SW 40th St, Miami, FL 33165 (South Miami)

Pincho Factory specializes in two things: burgers and kebabs, but it's the burger that catapulted the fast-casual resto to must-try status. Owner Nedal Ahmad's signature Toston burger, topped with jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, and homemade cilantro sauce then sandwiched between two fried plantains, won the annual South Beach Burger Bash in 2015. Since then, Pincho Factory has made a mark with its menu of greasy and good street food, which includes customizable kebab wraps, rice bowls, and salads.

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3. Lokal Burgers & Beer 3190 Commodore Plz, Miami, FL 33133 (Coconut Grove)

Don’t let the graffiti-covered brick walls and cassette tape mosaics fool you: far from an average dive bar, the Lokal is a sustainability-conscious gastropub, slinging surprisingly healthy bar fare. Regulars frequent this Coconut Grove spot for favorites like the Fidy-Fidy burger, made with house-ground beef and bacon, finished with melted Monterey jack cheese and sweet onion marmalade, as well as smaller bites like the perfectly crispy sweet potato fries. We suggest ordering a craft beer and heading for the patio: given the special food menu for dogs, it’s a popular spot for puppies.

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4. The Seven Dials 2030 S Douglas Rd , Coral Gables, FL 33134 (Coral Gables)

Londoner Chef Andrew Gilbert and local favorite Katie Sullivan own this funky spot, on the quieter side of Coral Gables. They take modern American cooking and infuse it with British twists, slowly re-introducing English food to the Cuban dominated Miami palate. More British-inspired specials like sausage hot pot and tea crème brûlée have crept onto the menu. Plus, those Fish + Chips are as delicious as their counterparts across the pond.

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5. Taurus 3540 Main Hwy, Coconut Grove, FL 33133 (Coconut Grove)

A cottage steadfastly functioning as a beloved eatery/watering hole in one form or another since 1926, Taurus closed in 2002 due to a nearby condo development, but was preserved, and is re-emerging this weekend as a sturdy tavern/burger joint with loads o

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6. Bourbon Steak 19999 W Country Club Dr, Aventura, FL 33180 (North Miami)

Free duck fat fries, an extensive menu of wood-grilled steaks (including Japanese and American wagyu), and a famous dry-aged burger make this Aventura spot easily one of the best steakhouses in Greater Miami. The name isn't misleading, either: the bourbon selection here is among the best in the city -- six whole pages of them -- as well as a curated list of barrel-aged cocktails and a daily happy hour that makes it all accessible to everyone.

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7. db Bistro Moderne 345 Ave of the Americas, Miami, FL 33131 (Downtown)

Another piece in Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud’s restaurant empire, db Bistro Moderne brings a little slice of Paris to downtown Miami. The market-driven menu blends fine French cuisine with American bistro flair, resulting in standout dishes like the signature db burger, a sirloin patty stuffed with wine-braised short ribs and foie gras. The sleek space features 18-foot ceilings, a terrace overlooking the Miami River, and multiple private dining rooms, making it ideal for intimate date nights and corporate dinners alike.

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8. Toro Toro 100 Chopin Plz, Miami, FL 33131 (Downtown)

This Pan-Latin restaurant sits in the lobby of a hotel, but its swank dark wood embellishments and leather booths make it feel like it's its own Miami establishment. The menu includes unexpected items like lamb skewers with yogurt sauce, though classic meat dishes like lamb chops and rib-eye steak are also popular.

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9. Josh's Deli 9517 Harding Ave, Miami, FL 33154 (North Miami Beach)

Josh's Deli is a "homey", kosher-style deli that has a menu that offers breakfast, soups, salads, and obviously "sandwiches and stuff".

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10. Edge, Steak & Bar 1435 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131 (Brickell)

There are several things that separate this sophisticate venue from the high-brow steakhouses of Miami: for one, executive chef Aaron Brooks was named the Miami "Lambassador" by the Australian lamb council, and his lamb chops, served with chickpeas, fire-roasted peppers, red chimichurri, and coriander cream, are an award-winning signature. The rest of the meat-centric menu features Creekstone Farms steaks that are cooked over a mesquite-chipped grill, giving them a smoky, outdoorsy flavor that'll make you forget you’re sitting in the Four Seasons. And though the prices won't make a meal at Edge a casual spend, specialty seafood that's flown in every day makes the trip worth it.

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11. Keg South 10417 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33156 (Pinecrest)

Born-and-raised Miamians will swear Keg's 6oz of flame-broiled perfection is the best burger in the city no matter how many fancier, artisanal, or build-your-own joints open up. The original Keg South on South Dixie Highway is the place to go classic eats and a friendly, neighborhood vibe.

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12. El Mago de las Fritas 5828 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33144 (West Miami)

El Mago's slinging a shton of traditional Cuban fritas because, as the name implies, they are pretty much the wizards of all things frita-related.

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13. The Big Pink 157 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

The Big Pink's a family-style restaurant that plates just about every form of comfort food you can imagine, from waffles and pizza to the famous Big Pink TV Dinner. There's also a large number of flatscreen TVs lining the walls, allowing you to catch up on sports while you down your chow.

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