Top Six French Fry Fixes in Metro Phoenix

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Joe knows his fries.

 

This is the list that needs no introduction -- except to say that we fully expect you to throw something hot and greasy at us when you see what we chose for Number 1.

6. Joe's Farm Grill

The trifecta of fries at Joe's Farm Grill in Gilbert -- scandalously ignored when Guy Fieri visited for "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives" -- are each a meal unto themselves (not that anyone's counting!). The Baked Potato Fries are topped with sour cream, bacon, onion, and chives - everything you need to simulate the flavors of a baked potato with all the fixin's, in a snack you can eat with your fingers. Chili Cheese Fries are topped with farm-made chili sauce, sharp cheddar, and sour cream. You can taste the restaurant's dedication to fresh, local ingredients, including those from the Gilbert urban farm (dubbed Agritopia) right out the back door. Last but not least, the Garlic Fries are tossed in olive oil, Pecorino Romano, fresh garlic, and herbs. There's no skimping on the garlic, so you can count on these fries to keep even pesky glittery vampires at bay.

Get the ketchup ready -- and grab the rest of our picks after the jump.

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Damon Brasch and his "Green" fries.
​5. Green
The thyme fries at Green, the New American Vegetarian restaurant in Tempe, are at once hot and crispy and melt-in-your-mouth good, topped with a spice that you just don't get enough of. Too often second banana to its more popular cousin, rosemary, thyme as a seasoning for fries proves deliciously addictive. You can order these fries on the side of one of Green's savory sandwiches, on their own, or (why not?) with a salad. The best part about the fries at Green is that -- despite the truth that while it may all be vegetarian, it's not necessarily healthy -- they feel easy to justify: You're eating tofu, right? You deserve fries!

4. Beaver Choice
Poutine is comfort food taken to the max, and just like any good comfort food, it doubles as a damn fine hangover cure. We have the Canadians to thank for this artery clogging, yet crazy delicious concoction of french fires, cheese curds, and brown gravy. We trust Beaver Choice in Tempe for all of our poutine needs. Seeing how these folks started in Canada (on a college campus no less), they've got poutine down pat. So the next time you've got a five alarm hangover that needs fixing, hit up the Beaver for a satisfying mass of greasy, crispy fries dotted with fresh white cheese and smothered in soul-satisfying gravy. You're gonna need a fork for that.

3. Four Peaks Brewing Company
A place like Four Peaks (locations in Tempe and Scottsdale) doesn't have to focus on their menu with such solid brews, but we're certainly glad they do. Of all the things on the menu we would recommend with confidence (beer bread, burgers, and brunch come to mind), it's the 7 Barrel Fries that we like sharing with friends over a couple of beers. Four Peaks takes their fries to the next level by beer battering and deep frying tater sticks to crisp perfection. Order up a platter of these and be alarmed at how quickly they disappear. Paired with the Arizona Peach Ale, it's a solid combo for any season.

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​2. Delux
Delux makes a damn fine patty, and the only thing better than a Delux Burger is a Delux Burger with a side of fries. We tend to opt for a full side of mixed shoestring fries with half regular and half sweet potato. It's half sweet, half savory, and all delicious -- even more so when you dip 'em in the homemade aioli that comes with the side of ketchup. Fries never tasted so good, especially when they come in a whimsical little metal shopping cart.

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​1. McDonald's
Yes, you read that right. Maybe it's the nostalgia of the Golden Arches -- back in the 80's when the word "trans fat" didn't exists and a trip to Micky D's on a Friday night for a Happy Meal was what we looked forward to all week, a time when a parent could take their child to McDonald's without having to feel like they failed as a parent -- but nothing beats an order of just outta the fryer McDonald's French fries. Sure, they are from the biggest fast food corporation and a large order of the perfectly crisp, golden spuds weigh in at 500 calories and 25 grams of fat, but that's what makes them so good. How healthy do you think those duck-fat-fried taters from that gastropub are for you? Fries aren't meant to be healthy! Crispy, golden, delicious and the perfect complement to a chocolate milkshake.

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24 comments
Support Local
Support Local

Including McDonalds on this list is a joke...Not including Truckin Good Food is a crime! 

Sana Khan
Sana Khan

Diners Drive Ins and Dives (DDD, The Triple D) are a United State American food television series show. The host of this show “Diners, Drive Ins and Dives” is Guy Fieri.

 

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Delux fries are soggy and weak.  Of course, so are their burgers..

Mel
Mel

i would have to say the cris cut fries at ticoz -delish!

Jacq Davis
Jacq Davis

My husband and I love the cinnamon dusted sweet potato fries at FEZ, with extra aioli sauce please. I always order with more sauces to share with friends.

JamJam
JamJam

My favorite fries are at King Tut's Cafe in Tempe. It makes no sense, but they're perfect. 

sourcetags8codes
sourcetags8codes

Heres the thing though, we should be supporting the small local guys,( such as chicago company) to get our fry fixes from instead of the big chain. Our food scene won't get any better if we just buy the same crap from the chains.

Islaygirl
Islaygirl

the truffle parmesan fries at Christopher's. Mmmmmmm. 

jeremx
jeremx

delux, hell yeah. but for fast food fries, rally's are clearly the best in town. i've rolled through their drive thru just for a large fry. mcdonalds is definitely up there on the list.. but only the soggy ones. and wendy's knows where it's at with that powder salt they give ya. mmmm

Spb1159
Spb1159

Half Moon Grill has awesome fries!

4politics2
4politics2

Both In & Out and Five Guys have better fries than Mickie D's

teknik1200
teknik1200

umm, tripple fried fries from Cafe Boa FTW!

TheCosmicJester
TheCosmicJester

This thread will show who actually likes to eat versus who is a foodie blindly toeing the line of chain disdain. McDonald's fries are indeed fantastic, dare I say some of the best in any town, when you catch them just coming out of the fryer. But instead of the chocolate shake laden with high fructose corn syrup in the chocolate and all manner of stabilizers in the ice cream base, go for the sweet tea (cut with some regular iced tea if you find it overly sweet like I do). It's sublime, the best iced tea I've had... well, anywhere.

Very high on my list of Best Fries In Town is Chicago Hamburger Company. They're definitely freezer-bag fries (I think Beaver Choice gets theirs from the same supplier), but the cooks there have a deft handle with the fryer, and the fries are always piping hot the way they should be.

davelog
davelog

Try the fries at Chicago Hamburger Company, they're blanched (fried twice) so they're crisp on the outside and pillowy on the inside. Heavenly.

sourcetags8codes
sourcetags8codes

Macdonalds? C'mon we need to stop eating at chains that taste the same everywhere.

Jason Cox
Jason Cox

Yup sweet potato fries are where it's at! ... What is "it" you ask? everything that is good and holy. What is good and holy you ask? Sweet potato fries! It's the stuff plants crave!

DWN-TOWNER
DWN-TOWNER

HULA'S SWEET POTATOE FRIES SHOULDA BEEN ON THIS LIST!

Sharon
Sharon

Best fries: Gallo Blanco. Next best: Maizie's. Know why? Because they taste like potatoes. Don't need garlic or truffles or any other adornments besides a little salt. Honest to goodness potato taste. Sweet potato fries are a different animal. Can't be compared to regular fries. Delux are okay but too thin for my tastes. Best fries used to be 35 but now that it is closed, I'll always choose Gallo Blanco over any others with Maizie's a close second. As for fast food, not in the same category. Gallo and Maizie's use FRESH potatoes.

jeremx
jeremx

five guys, yes.. but in and out has the worst fries of any fast food joint i've ever eaten. most overrated eatery ever.

teknik1200
teknik1200

and if you've not had re-fried fries you are missing out on a quite sinful grease infused crispiness of the likes you've never imagined.

Alexvalla
Alexvalla

weeeeeeeeee weeeeeee i love mcdalnahals

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