Food & Drink

The Best French Fries in Nashville

Published On 10/13/2015 Published On 10/13/2015
Courtesy of Whiskey Kitchen

Nashville According to our groundbreaking research, French fries are completely delicious. But all too often, they’re marginalized as a side dish. Well, not any more. Here are nine plates of Nashville's crispy ketchup-catchers that are good enough to hog the limelight all to themselves.

Tennessee whiskey yam fries

Whiskey Kitchen (address and info) The Gulch These Tennessee whiskey yam fries are cooked up with sea salt and a bit of brown sugar and are served with a particularly great homemade jalapeño ketchup on the side. These fries are on the “pub grub” menu and are great for a late-night snack to go with your drinks. More Stuff You Will Like

M.L. Rose

Loaded waffle fries

M. L. Rose (address and info)
West Nashville & Melrose
Who doesn’t love a big plate of waffle fries? Especially when those fries are completely LOADED with tons of melted cheese, bacon, sour cream, and green onion. It’s enough to eat for your whole meal... but we guess you could share these with friends. In theory. You can score ‘em with pulled pork, blue cheese, ranchero sauce, and plain cheese if you don’t want them plain. And because all of those options aren’t enough, you can upgrade any of the waffle fry dishes to sweet potatoes if you so desire. Continue Reading

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Plain fries

Gabby’s Burgers and Fries (address and info)   Wedgewood There’s really something to be said about a good plate of plain ol’ French fries, and Gabby’s has some of the best in town -- crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside. Gabby’s also has a ridiculously large selection of various dipping sauces for your fries, as well as more hot sauces than you knew existed.

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Feta cheese fries

Two Bits (address and info)   Demonbreun Hill Two Bits' feta cheese fries were created somewhat by accident and were never intended to actually be a regular dish. However, they were so popular that they were made a permanent part of the menu. And praise the fry gods for that, because these are some of the most delicious fries in the city. They’re covered in roasted poblano, scallions, and (you guessed it) lots of feta cheese crumbs.

Courtesy of Burger Up

Truffle fries

Burger Up (address and info)   12South Anything that has both the word “truffle” and the word “fries” in it simply can’t be anything short of amazing. And Burger Up’s truffle fries certainly do not disappoint. They’re freshly made with truffle oil and salt and sprinkled with a bit of herbs. They’re simple, and yet the kind of thing that you could eat endlessly and never get sick of. And in case you’re the kind of fry eater that loves a good sauce, make sure to get a side of the homemade honey mustard.

Hoss' Loaded Burgers

Cajun fries

Hoss’ Loaded Burgers (address and info)
Food truck
Hoss’ fries are often overlooked simply because of how badass its cheese-stuffed burgers are. However, we’re here to tell you that you should never, ever leave this food truck without a side of the Cajun fries. These fries have just the perfect balance of crispy on the outside, steamy and tender on the inside. And being Cajun fries, there’s a nice extra kick that comes along with every delicious bite.

Germantown Cafe

Big Easy frites

Germantown Cafe (address and info)   Germantown It’s true: we’ve mentioned Germantown Cafe’s Big Easy frites a time or two. But only because they’re really THAT good. These house-made fries are COVERED in crawfish étouffée & a ridiculously finger-licking-good crème fraîche. And as if they couldn’t possibly get any better, these fries are a mere $5 on the happy hour menu.

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Sweet potato fries

Bobbie’s Dairy Dip (address and info)
Downtown & Sylvan Park
A list of Nashville’s best fries simply would not be complete without some good old-fashioned sweet potato fries. While every good Southern restaurant serves sweet potato fries, we think that Bobbie’s Dairy Dip has some of the best sweet potato fries in the whole city. They’re fried up rather simply and don’t have a lot of frills, but that’s exactly what we love about them.

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Chili cheese fries

Paradise Park (address and info)   Lower Broadway Should you find yourself famished and caught among the honky-tonkin’ tourists on Lower Broadway, you might as well swing into Paradise Park Trailer Resort for some fully loaded chili cheese fries. These make for a great late-night snack in between karaoke bars. The chili on these fries is a little on the spicy side, so consider yourself warned. Sign up here for our daily Nashville email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun the Music City has to offer. Brita Britnell is a Nashville writer who now considers burgers to be the Robin to these fries’ Batman. Follow her on Twitter at @BBritnell.

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1. Whiskey Kitchen 118 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

Located in the Gulch, the menu here consists of chef-inspired pub favorites and wood-fired pizza, along with the city’s largest collection of whiskeys, bourbons, ryes, and Scotch.

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2. Gabby's Burgers & Fries 493 Humphreys St, Nashville, TN 37203 (8th Ave)

I'm gonna let you in on a little Nashville secret: Gabby's Burgers & Fries is one of the city's best spots for... burgers and fries. Oh, you already knew that? Then you also know that chicken burgers, hot dogs, and chili are some of Gabby's other specialties, and that even know it looks like a diner, and has diner-adjacent prices, that the the burgers are grass-fed, the sweet potato fries hand-cut, and that there's a secret menu. Right? That's a secret you'll have to figure out for yourself. You're welcome.

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3. Two Bits 1520 Demonbreun St, Nashville, TN 37203

Two Bits is part bar, part restaurant, and part arcade. And Not only is it stocked with classic arcade games like Pac-Man, Galaga, and Space Invaders, but they also have board games and even Playstation 4 and Xbox One consoles.

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4. Burger Up 2901 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212 (12south)

Don't be fooled by its name, Burger Up is a sleek, upscale burger joint with (almost) guilt-free menu items -- contrary to your standard burger shack -- and an unbeatable happy hour to boot. Burgers are made with locally-raised beef and sustainable ingredients for a gourmet, healthy alternative to your favorite greasy patty. Start with some fried mushrooms before you bite into the quinoa and black bean burger, or the turkey and avocado burger -- and by now you've figured out you can enjoy it on a gluten free bun.

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5. Germantown Cafe 1200 Fifth Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208 (Germantown)

Germantown Cafe is a local favorite that has helped make Nashville the culinary destination that it is. Located close to Downtown, it’s the perfect spot for dinner before any event in the area as well as a nice spot if you don’t want to actually fight the traffic Downtown. We’re especially fond of Germantown Cafe’s city-renowned happy hour menu which includes $5 drinks and appetizers. A spectacular view of the city skyline certainly doesn't hurt.

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6. Paradise Park 411 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203

Known for its unmatched chili cheese fries, this high-spirited trail park-themed bar and diner is a popular Music City spot.



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