Food & Drink

The 12 best French fries in Philly

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

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

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.

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?

Charlie was a sinner.
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.

Continental
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

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!

Khyber Pass Pub
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?

Pub & Kitchen
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.

Winnie’s Le Bus
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.

Stone Rose
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

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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