Shoo Fry’s counter service shop retains much of the skin-and-bones that Underdog’s regulars would be familiar with, but with a refreshing makeover: clean white walls accented with green and wood furniture replace the hotdog fists of yore, easing the space of some of the grit we may remember from the old days. An Andy Warhol-esque print portrait of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also greets you by the door on your way in. Fries come in sturdy brown paper containers, easy enough to take with you and strong enough not to let all the toppings soak through. This comes in handy if you’re looking to keep eating on your walk home.
Expect a rush during lunch hours, sometimes even out the door, though the place calms down quite a bit by dinner time, staying open until 9pm on weekdays. Poutines range from $7-8, making it a cheaper fast-casual lunch option in Rittenhouse; sliders are just $3. If you’re craving fries but not in the mood to deal with all of the toppings, naked fries go for $3, too.
If you still feel like there’s something missing, it’s because we haven’t discussed the shakes yet. Though they don’t take center stage here, the frozen drinks are a lovely accent to the rest of the menu. Little Baby’s is the ice cream supplier, so you know you’re in good hands. The dairy-free shake options have a rotating base of questionable (or adventurous?) flavors -- think balsamic banana.
Though the various poutine options dress up the crisp fries, you’d be amiss to consider them among the best in the city. The originality of the concept to the area, however (as well as the late hours and reasonable prices), make Shoo Fry a foreseeable option for the long haul. The popularity of the first location has helped the owners already launch into a second storefront in Fishtown, begging us to wonder if this could blossom into a Federal Donuts-sized local chain.