Food & Drink

The 12 best French fries in Philly

Published On 07/23/2014 Published On 07/23/2014
COLIN JOLIAT

There comes a time -- like World 3-1 in Super Mario Bros. 3 -- when it's time for the sidekick to take center stage, which is why you use Luigi for that level (obviously!), and why we've rounded up the 12 best French fries in Philly, which you can get with some great burgers, covered in cheese, all by themselves, and more...

Eulogy Belgian Tavern

Eulogy Belgian Tavern

Old City
These Belgian frietjes, which are probably best with one of their craft beers and some mussels before you hit a show at the nearby Ritz East, have a crisp outside and an almost mashed potato-like inside that they can only get because they're twice fried. Or magic, obviously.

Royal Tavern

Royal Tavern

Bella Vista
Duck confit potato skins w/ bacon, Gruyère, sour cream, truffle butter & scallions are the pro move here, but you can always go old-school with their Olde Baye fries (or even old-schoolier with tater tots) and lots and lots of ketchup. And a burger.

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Mama’s Vegetarian

Rittenhouse Square
Pretty much the only acceptable way to eat vegetables is when they're fresh cut and then deep-fried. Guess how Mama's makes these suckers?

Kyle Born

Charlie was a sinner.

Market East
Finally! An excuse to go to a vegetarian restaurant... in the form of golden chickpea fries w/ a Spring garlic aioli sauce that're served carefully stacked on top of each other at this surprisingly meatless small platery.

Cassie Hepler

Continental Mid-town

Old City/Midtown
Good: shoestring potatoes. Wayyyyy better than good: Szechuan shoestring potatoes w/ a Chinese mustard sauce drizzled on a plate that's technically big enough for two.

Cassie Hepler

Flat Iron

South Philly
Right across from Tony Luke’s take-out joint sits this nightclub/sports bar, ready with American, cheddar, pepper jack, blue cheese, and roux (flour and butter) dips that're just waiting for you to dunk huge Parmesan-topped potato chunks into.

Hot Diggity

Hot Diggity

South Street
Pop quiz: Should you A) order their Belgian-style fries in a paper cone w/ tons of dipping sauces, or B) the hand-cut fries topped w/ braised short ribs, ricotta salata & chives, or C) both? Don't screw this up!

Cassie Hepler

Khyber Pass Pub

Old City
Unlike most sweet potato fries, KPP's are crispy and perfectly seasoned... oh, and did we mention you can get smoked cheddar fries w/ debris too?

Cassie Hepler

Pub & Kitchen

Rittenhouse Square
Long, thin, and crispy with a little bit of smush, these simple carb-spears pair perfectly with the pulled pork shoulder sandwich and a nice, light Summertime beer, and they are available until 1am.

Cassie Hepler

Winnie’s LeBus

Manayunk
One thing Winnie’s is known for is its carbs -- breads, pastries... more breads -- but they also have some thick and meaty steak fries that are served in a basket so big that pretty soon you'll need your own (Le) bus to get around.

John Mathas for Stone Rose

StoneRose

Conshohocken, PA
Their thick-cut truffle fries, which they toss in truffle grease (the best kind) and chunks of Parmesan, are probably enough on their own, but if you need something else... you're probably pretty fat... and you're definitely gonna order the The BBQ smoked duck breast sandwich and an oversized bottle of craft beer.

Chickie's & Pete's

Chickie's & Pete’s

South Philly
They may look like frozen crinkle-cut fries, but Chickie's & Pete's Crabfries are a Philly, Old-Bay-flavored staple, served with an addictively good white cheese sauce... who presumably wouldn't have been played by Method Man. 

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1. Eulogy Belgian Tavern 136 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Old City)

With 400 beers and some of the best fries in Philly (seriously -- you've got to try 'em!), this Old City resto/tavern is definitely worth checking out. It's all about state-of-the-art presentation here, which means the bartenders are trained to notice every little detail that goes with drinking great beer.

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2. Royal Tavern 937 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (Italian Marketbella Vista)

The unassuming, minimally labeled outside of this Passyunk place gives way to a classic, deep red pub on the inside where the Angus Burger reigns king. The small, laid-back crowd of regulars who know about Royal Tavern line the full-service bar in the afternoon and late night to get a bite of rare beef and bacon, caramelized onions, smoked gouda, pickled longhots, and chile mayonnaise. They don't dare forget the side of thick, crispy fries with a sprinkling of Old Bay, either.

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3. Mama's Vegetarian 18 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

Don't let the word "vegetarian" in the name fool you -- Mama's is serving up some pretty kick-ass eats. The menu is on the smaller side here, but this kosher Middle Eastern restaurant just off the square means business with its dishes, like its latkes platter and eggplant sandwich. You'd also be smart to try basically anything involving the falafel: sandwiches, platters, soups. Be sure to top it all off with the baklava.

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4. Charlie was a sinner. 131 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Midtown Village)

Charlie certainly was a sinner, and a glutenous one at that. Despite its mostly vegan menu, Charlie's knocks it out of the park with decadent small plates and seemingly whimsical cocktails that hit you fast. The warm, intimate interior with its dark wood-paneled walls and plush velvet booths is the perfect setting for a date night. Take a seat on one of the tufted benches by candlelit tables and try the always mysterious Charlie’s Punch.

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5. The Continental Mid-Town 1801 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

The Continental Mid-Town is a great place to bring a big party group to enjoy some delicious cocktails or chow down on lobster mac-n-cheese... or just drink a lot of cocktails.

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6. Flat Iron 26 East Oregon Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148 (South Philadelphia)

Flat Iron has many faces -- it's a dance party and music venue at night, a sports bar during games, and a place to bring your friends to eat during the day. It's got a great menu that includes gluten-free options too.

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7. Hot Diggity 630 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (South Street)

This Philadelphia dog joint will take you on a flavor tour of wieners from around the nation and beyond, featuring menu options such as the Chicago-style "Windy City"and the hot dog-meets-banh mi "Saigon Fusion."

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8. Khyber Pass Pub 56 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The KPP is a late-night joint offering some fan-food favorites from down South, like red beans & rice and even beignets. And oh-so-much beer.

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9. Pub & Kitchen 1946 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19146-1411 (Rittenhouse)

Pub & Kitchen's name pretty much says it for you -- this chic corner eatery in south Rittenhouse houses a homely kitchen and restaurant in the front of house, serving a simple menu of bar snacks and game- and vegetable-heavy dishes like rabbit meatballs and cornish chicken. In the back of house lies a dark, polished pub decked in black paint and wall-to-wall brown leather booths, serving up the same dishes from the kitchen plus a handful of wines, draft beers, and seasonal specialty cocktails.

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10. Winnie's LeBus 4266 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127 (Manayunk)

Microbrews, wine, cocktails, and hearty entrees and small plates in Manayunk.

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11. StoneRose 822 Fayette St, Conshohocken, PA 19428 (Montco)

Two DelCo guys who've had designs on opening a bar even before they were allowed in one have taken over the old Y2K Tavern, completely renovating the dingy beer & shot joint into an airy, beige, chocolate & wine schemed casual bistro with dark hardwood floors, high ceilings hung with crushed bronze/alabaster globe chandeliers, and a 12-seat dark wood bar, complete with a pair of plasmas and wall-hung wine racks; there's also a 30-seat dining area where locally sourced ingredients'll grace dishes described as "refined comfort food", which you previously defined as putting chopped Ball Park franks in your mac 'n' cheese.

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12. Chickie's & Pete's 1526 Packer Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145 (South Philadelphia)

This solid sports bar's got eight locations, all boasting an extensive menu with the works. Fret not health junkies, there is a separate gluten-free menu too.

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