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Hot and crispy, French fries are irresistible
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Where to Go When All You Really Want Is French Fries

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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.

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Bellecour

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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.

A fine steak frites from Gavin Kaysen’s superlative Bellecour
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Thin, long and super crispy, these fries are served in a foothill-sized pile alongside some eminently dippable secret fry sauce.

Tilia doesn’t skimp on the serving size
Hui C./Yelp

The Harriet Brasserie

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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.

Over yonder: those fries
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Barbette

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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.

The famous pommes frites and some other brunchy stuff.
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Muddy Waters Bar & Eatery

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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.

Breakfast poutine is just one way to eat Muddy Water’s fresh fries
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Nightingale

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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.

Fat and fluffy
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Sun Street Breads

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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.

A porketta sandwich serves as a nice backdrop for fries
Sun Street Breads/Website

Stewart's

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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.

All dressed up and waiting for you
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Meritage

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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.

Oysters and frites at Meritage
Katie Barton/Meritage

Saint Dinette

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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.

Fries and a burger
Kat Peterson/Saint Dinette

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.

Cook likes it spicy
Cook/Facebook

Bellecour

A fine steak frites from Gavin Kaysen’s superlative Bellecour
Bellecour/Facebook

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.

A fine steak frites from Gavin Kaysen’s superlative Bellecour
Bellecour/Facebook

Tilia

Tilia doesn’t skimp on the serving size
Hui C./Yelp

Thin, long and super crispy, these fries are served in a foothill-sized pile alongside some eminently dippable secret fry sauce.

Tilia doesn’t skimp on the serving size
Hui C./Yelp

The Harriet Brasserie

Over yonder: those fries
Harriet Brasserie/Instagram

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.

Over yonder: those fries
Harriet Brasserie/Instagram

Barbette

The famous pommes frites and some other brunchy stuff.
Barbette/Facebook

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.

The famous pommes frites and some other brunchy stuff.
Barbette/Facebook

Muddy Waters Bar & Eatery

Breakfast poutine is just one way to eat Muddy Water’s fresh fries
Muddy Waters/Facebook

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.

Breakfast poutine is just one way to eat Muddy Water’s fresh fries
Muddy Waters/Facebook

Nightingale

Fat and fluffy
Nightingale/Facebook

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.

Fat and fluffy
Nightingale/Facebook

Sun Street Breads

A porketta sandwich serves as a nice backdrop for fries
Sun Street Breads/Website

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.

A porketta sandwich serves as a nice backdrop for fries
Sun Street Breads/Website

Stewart's

All dressed up and waiting for you
Stewart’s/Facebook

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.

All dressed up and waiting for you
Stewart’s/Facebook

Meritage

Oysters and frites at Meritage
Katie Barton/Meritage

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.

Oysters and frites at Meritage
Katie Barton/Meritage

Saint Dinette

Fries and a burger
Kat Peterson/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.

Fries and a burger
Kat Peterson/Saint Dinette

COOK

Cook likes it spicy
Cook/Facebook

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.

Cook likes it spicy
Cook/Facebook

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