Battle Fries: Joe's Farm Grill vs. Bourbon Steak
In The Other Corner: Bourbon Steak
The Setup: Bourbon Steak is classy-- so classy that showing up in jeans and a t-shirt, which we may or may not have done, is bound to make one feel immediately out of place. Every bit of the décor looks like it The dimly lit, candle heavy interior is the ideal place to take someone impressive, but the bar is the best option for those on a fry run.
The Good: Bourbon Steak's duck fat fried French fries may be the best $5 we have ever spent. Ever. Seriously, we might need to research if this one is technically an unfair fight because we were flooded with an immediate sense of pure euphoria after eating these fries. Can duck fat do that? We don't know, maybe we just love fancy fries a bit too much.
What we did think might be unfair is to compare the seasoned fries to Joe's basics, so we stuck to the center option, which were only sprinkled with salt and freshly cracked black pepper. With or without its accompanying garlic aioli dipping sauce, it's easily the best fry we've ever eaten. We're still dreaming about them.
The Bad: Ummmm... other than the fact that the place is kind of difficult to find and it's not the most laid-back environment, there's almost nothing wrong with these fries. We weren't huge fans of the paprika fry option and even thought the rosemary-thyme fries were a little unnecessary. The best fries are simple fries.
And the winner is . . .
Bourbon Steak. We really felt Joe's would win. It seems like a better story: Underdog farm grill beats swankier digs. However, since both places are absolutely phenomenal local restaurants with completely different ambiance and experience to offer that are both frequently commended for their great eats, we can't feel too bad for either contender in any case. They're really both winners, but the decadence of the duck fat on Bourbon Steak's fries just put them over the top.