Something so simple as a fried potato can lead to a full-blown obsession when it comes to the humble French fry. Thin and crispy or fat-fingered, naked or heaped with kimchi, aioli or bernaíse these are the best French fries to be found around the Twin Cities.Read More
Where to Go When All You Really Want Is French Fries
Sometimes a craving hits
City-bound fry fiends will find a pilgrimage out to Wayzata completely worth it for these frites served with fried herbs and a judicious amount of salt. Try them on their own or with a steak. Pro tip: soak the fries in the steak jus for a few minutes before eating; nature’s ketchup.
Thin, long and super crispy, these fries are served in a foothill-sized pile alongside some eminently dippable secret fry sauce.
3. The Harriet Brasserie
These fries are the perfect medium width between fat and skinny. A goldilocks selection served with a smattering of salt and the most heavenly of condiments: bernaise.
For as long as this little French boho bistro in Uptown has been around, people have flocked for the French fries paired with a glass of something bubbly. Super thin, extra crispy, and salty, it’s impossible to eat just one.
5. Muddy Waters Bar & Eatery
These fat and crusty fries suit any time of day from a late night bar snack (Muddy’s is one of the best spots in town for after hours eating) or under gravy and an egg for brunch.
Another entry with admirable girth, Nightingale’s French fries are satisfying in both crunch and creamy potato interior. They are served with a zipped up aioli with malt vinegar.
7. Sun Street Breads
A little neighborhood bakery might not seem the obvious choice for great fries, but lunch at Sun Street is made for these crispy potatoes. This humble side dish gets every bit as much attention as the sourdough starter and toasty little macaroons: crispy on the outside and fluffy tender on the inside.
Stewart’s Korean chili dusted beauties are served with two dipping sauces, one rich and creamy, mixed with miso and bright and sweet-hot chile sauce. The fries alone are fat and perfectly crunchy, fluffy/creamy, but added all those extra flavors elevates this usually humble dish to superstar status.
The French did perfect the fried potato, so it makes sense that Saint Paul’s finest French brasserie would serve an exemplary version of pommes frites. Find these thin fluffy/crunchy fries served in a metal cup alongside some lily-gilding bernaíse.
10. Saint Dinette
There are two things that absolutely must be ordered upon every visit to Saint Dinette. One, is the burger. It’s a whole thing. Two, are the nostalgia laden crinkle fries, served seriously salted with cold ketchup. One should not exist without the other.
This American diner with Korean flare makes all manner of breakfast classics better with a dash of Korean spice. Take the fries, fat fingers of fried potatoes which are excellent unadorned, but then get an upgrade with a whole mess of toppings into a decadent main dish.