Food & Drink

Where to Get the 10 Best French Fries in the Twin Cities

Published On 03/11/2015 Published On 03/11/2015
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There comes a time -- like World 3-1 in Super Mario Bros. 3 -- for the sidekick to take center stage, which is why you use Luigi for that level (obviously!), and why we've rounded up the 10 best French fries in the Twin Cities, some that come with great burgers, all by themselves, or covered in bacon powder (?!)...
 

Meritage

Downtown St. Paul
The near epitome of the perfect fry, these little devils are cooked crisp and salted to perfection. Please take heed here and order the optional side of Béarnaise. Do not, we repeat, DO NOT skip the Béarnaise. After slathering your fries in the decedent butter-based sauce, you’ll definitely be reconsidering reaching for the ketchup ever again.

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112 Eatery

Downtown Minneapolis
Crispy frie with the perfect crunch to potato ratio. Factor in the delightfully astringent lemon and tarragon aioli and you’ve got yourself a match made in French fry heaven. They’re the perfect partner to just about anything, although we might suggest you go for the fried egg and harissa sandwich. It’s another classic in its own right.

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The Rabbit Hole

Midtown
Big flakes of Parmesan cheese and a touch of truffle oil top these thick-cut salty little fries, which can also be had with a side of kimchi aioli that serves as the perfect foil to the earthy flavor of the potatoes. OR… you could just go ahead and get the poutine, it’s a fan (and Thrillist) favorite.

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Butcher & the Boar

Downtown Minneapolis
How does one improve upon a simple French fry? Why not dunk them in beer batter and then deep fry it? That’s exactly what the folks over at Butcher & the Boar are doing and it’s totally worth it. These thick, Fulton-beer battered, crispy planks of potato are an often overlooked menu item amongst the sea of meats, but you’d be doing yourself a disservice by not ordering them.

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Paddy Shack

North End - St. Paul
Located inside the classic St. Paul dive bar known as Half Time Rec, sits an unassuming little kitchen featuring some of the most innovative takes on Irish pub fare that the world has ever seen. We’re not even kidding here. Not even in London, or Dublin are the "chips" so… well, chip-like. These golden fried potato wedges are fried to a crisp golden brown and dressed with a bit of sea salt making them the perfect accompaniment to just about anything.

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Barbette

Uptown
Frities at their finest! If there’s anything the folks over at Barbette know, its classic French fare and these pomme frites are the evidence that slams this case shut. Served with a side of rich, yet slightly tangy, saffron aioli, the only other thing you’ll need is a big glass of wine and good book and you’ll feel like you're right at home, but with really awesome fries.

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Ward 6

Payne-Phalen
We’ve had duck fries and fries drowned to death in truffle oil, but over in St. Paul, their giving their potatoes a bath in hot beef fat. That’s right, rich, succulent beef fat is what helps give these fries a distinctive edge over the rest of the sack.

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Muddy Waters Bar & Eatery

Lyndale
These crispy little morsels make for the ideal bar snack. Perfectly golden brown, they snap when you bite them, and they're salted like a boss. Served with a bit of ketchup and a creamy herbed aioli, these fries are an excellent companion to any one of Muddy’s 30 craft drafts.

Victory 44

Victory 44

North Minneapolis
When you’re burger is called “the perfect burger,” you’d better have a solid side of fries to go along with that. Fortunately this North Minneapolis gastro-bistro is no slouch. Not only are the fries golden and crispy, they’re also covered in bacon powder. Yeah, you read that right, bacon powder.
 

Tilia

Linden Hills
Usually when it comes to dipping your fries, you'd think it'd be hard to beat the classic Heinz, yet the “fry sauce” they serve at this Linden Hills bistro is a liquid wonder. It serves as a perfect foil to the crisp, thin-cut, salty fries, which also happen to pair particularly well with the fine selection of craft beers.

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1. Meritage 410 Saint Peter St, St. Paul, MN 55102 (Downtown St Paul)

Meritage is a swanky French brasserie slinging lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, including eats like an outrageous French onion soup, oysters, and crepes. Their wine list is expertly curated, and perfect for anyone with any range of wine knowledge.

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2. 112 Eatery 112 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (Downtown)

How often do you come across a restaurant where you can get pan-fried gnocchi, frog legs (!), and tres leches cake under one roof? Add to that possibly the best burger in the Twin Cities (with Brie!), and you've got a must-hit spot.

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3. The Rabbit Hole Midtown Global Market, , Minneapolis, MN 55414 (Whittier)

From couple behind the culinary genius of The Left Handed Cook comes this graffiti-laden Midtown Global Market eatery. This is one of the best spots to stop in and grab some spicy Korean-inspired bar food and a cold cocktail. You’ll never go wrong with the Harold & Kumar poutine, a slew of house-cut fries, kimchee, onion, parmesan & cheddar cheese, poached egg, pork curry gravy, and, of course, chipotle aioli.

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4. Butcher & The Boar 1121 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

A deceptively large neighborhood noshery with wood stoves and penny-tiled floors dominated, Butcher puts equal emphasis on bourbon, beer, and shareable plates.

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5. Paddy Shack 1013 Front Ave, St. Paul, MN 55103 (Downtown St Paul)

Located inside the classic St. Paul dive bar known as Half Time Rec, sits an unassuming little kitchen featuring some of the most innovative takes on Irish pub fare that the world has ever seen. We’re not even kidding here. Not even in London, or Dublin are the "chips" so… well, chip-like.

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6. Barbette 1600 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

Frities at their finest! If there’s anything the folks over at Barbette know, its classic French fare and these pomme frites are the evidence that slams this case shut. Served with a side of rich, yet slightly tangy, saffron aioli, the only other thing you’ll need is a big glass of wine and good book and you’ll feel like you're right at home, but with really awesome fries.

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7. Ward 6 858 Payne Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55130 (Payne Phalen)

This beer bar and eatery boasts a menu specifically with "food for drinking", as well as a load of other entree options for three squares a day, as well as a a drink menu with plenty-o-beers, adult milkshakes(!), and cocktails, which begs the question why Wards 1-5 even bother to compete.

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8. Muddy Waters Bar & Eatery 2933 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

Moving on up after a recent rent-jacking, the storied Uptown coffeehouse has transformed a storage building down the street into an indoor/outdoor, loft-like wonderland with mismatched vintage décor and exposed concrete fronting a full kitchen and bar, all in an effort to create the feel that "an amazing party happened there 80yrs ago", meaning it's probably now safe to show up without looking like you had nothing to do beforehand.

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9. Victory 44 2203 44th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55412

Victory 44's is well known around the Twin Cities for its signature burger, which earns its "Perfect Burger" name with a ground beef patty with a just enough pork belly. Topped with American cheese, pickles, and bacon and sandwiched between a toasted brioche-esque bun, it really is damn near perfect. You can order one year-round despite the rest of the menu's seasonal rotation of chicken and pasta dishes like squash farotto.

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10. Tilia 2726 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410

New American plates are doled out at Tilia, a breakfast, lunch, and dinner spot in Linden Hills. The lunch and dinner menu offer potato leek soup, potted meat, bacon cheeseburgers, and Parmesan agnolottim, but Tilia’s best meal is its Saturday and Sunday brunch, which leans heavily on savory flavors apart from the glazed brioche donuts and custard dipped sweet potato brioche French toast. Try a fish taco torta or buttermilk biscuits to complete your belly-filling meal. Tilia also offers over 15 beers on draft and as many bottled brews.

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