10 Best Spots for Fries in Metro Phoenix

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Heather Hoch
The only drive-thru fries that made the cut? Portillo's, of course.
Anyone who thinks of French fries as just a side order clearly isn't going to the right places. But don't worry, our love of fries compelled us to put together a list of all the best places to have a gourmet fry experience. We went outside the box on this one -- meaning sauces and toppings are encouraged and the fries don't have to just be potatoes -- but we also included the best of the best of more standard fries in town, too.

Prepare your taste buds for the ultimate fry excursion.

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- Battle Fries: Joe's Farm Grill vs. Bourbon Steak
- Top Six French Fry Fixes in Metro Phoenix

Cheese Fries from Portillo's
We've already gushed about the newly opened Portillo's a lot, but what's a little more going to hurt? The Chicago-area staple is a master of hot dog arts, but what some people don't know is the glory of Portillo's cheese fries ($2.29 for a small and $2.59 for a large). Since the creamy, hot cheese sauce comes on the side of the crinkle-cut and crispy fries, you don't end up with a soggy mess a minute into eating them. Instead you get a perfect cheesy, potato-y bite every time.

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Courtesy of the House at Secret Garden
Polenta can be fried too!
Golden Polenta Fries from theHouse at Secret Garden
There ain't a lot out in SoPho, but there is the House at Secret Garden, and that's enough for us. Its polenta fries ($5) are crispy and beautifully fried until golden brown on the outside. On the inside, your mouth is met with creamy, delicious polenta, which is absolutely addicting when dipped in its spicy aioli. Not your average potato fry, but so good that we had to add it to the list -- just trust us on this one.

Location Info

Venue

Map

Portillo's

10574 N. 90th St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The House at Secret Garden

2501 E. Baseline Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Andreoli Italian Grocer

8880 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Rose & Crown Pub

628 E. Adams St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Zinc Bistro

15034 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Joe's Farm Grill

3000 E. Ray Road, Gilbert, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Bourbon Steak

7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Christopher's Restaurant and Crush Lounge

2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Zulu Caffe

15000 N. Airport Dr, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Cafe Bink

36889 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Bink's Midtown

2320 E. Osborn Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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13 comments
Joel LaTondress
Joel LaTondress

Joel's must be naturally critical. :) You cannot, however, argue the greatness that are the fries at Andreoli, Bourbon Steak, Zinc and Christopher's.

Joel M. Starkman
Joel M. Starkman

WTF?? I no longer follow your recommendations Either your a sell out due to advertising or you need some one who knows what is the real deal Cold tasteless fries ugh commercial quality food favd by sheepeoples

mikee
mikee

Another top ten article. Boring. How about some real journalism here New Times.

SkilletDoux
SkilletDoux

"There ain't a lot out in SoPho..."

Do hundreds of Mexican joints not count?  I was just driving through with a friend recently, and we were talking about how criminal it is that more people (us included) aren't exploring and writing more about what's down there.  There's a TON of stuff in SoPho, and some of the places I've tried have been pretty damn good.  I know this was a throwaway comment -- an angle to lead in with -- but it does betray a kind of general glossing-over of SoPho that I think we're all guilty of.

arcollectionsservice
arcollectionsservice

Fez should be on this list. Their sweet potato fries, rosemary and harissa fries are great.

SkilletDoux
SkilletDoux

@Joel LaTondress Andreoli, especially.  Good call on a place most wouldn't think of as a fry destination, Heather.

Chris
Chris

@mikee Because when I'm looking for real, hard hitting journalism, I turn to a food blog. 

TaxpayingVoter
TaxpayingVoter

@SkilletDoux I'm fairly certain the writer was referring to awesome french fries, not Mexican food or anything else.

SkilletDoux
SkilletDoux

@TaxpayingVoter If she was, I completely take it back.  But I don't think that's the case.  And I'm not trying to berate anybody... more hopping on the opportunity to point out that we all kind of overlook a whole lot of good stuff in SoPho, and it's unfortunate that HaSG, Los Dos and maybe a couple of other places are about all that's on the radar for a lot of people.


TaxpayingVoter
TaxpayingVoter

@SkilletDoux The article is about fries.  It makes perfect sense for her to be limiting her comments to fries.

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