- French fries can come in many shapes and sizes, from thick-cut steak fries to crispy shoestrings and waffle fries.
- While some of the country’s best french fries come fully loaded with signature sauces, bacon, cheese, and more, others keep things simple with salt and a dash of seasoning.
- From Alabama to Wyoming, these are the best french fry joints in every state, according to data from Yelp.
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From thick-cut steak fries to crispy shoestring fries and poutine doused in gravy and cheese, fries come in countless different mouthwatering varieties.
No longer just a side dish, great french fries deserve recognition in their own right, so we consulted the experts at Yelp to find the true standout fry places in every state.
Yelp identified businesses with a large concentration of reviews mentioning “fries,” then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews mentioning “fries.” If a local chain appeared on the list more than once, they only included the highest-rated location.
Insider also confirmed that every restaurant was open for either takeout, delivery, or dine-in as of July 13, 2020, according to the restaurant’s Yelp page or website.
Emmie Martin contributed to a previous version of this article.
ALABAMA: Fry lovers and burger fans alike should add Baha Burger in Hoover to their list of must-visit Alabama food spots for fresh shoestring fries.
ALASKA: What’s the perfect complement for one of the International House of Hot Dogs in Anchorage’s gourmet dogs? Cilantro fries, of course.
ARIZONA: Wild Dogs in Benson, Arizona, is known for its Vienna beef hot dogs covered in pastrami, bacon, and slaw, as well as its fries.
ARKANSAS: The pork belly fries from Saiwok Vietnamese Street Food in Rogers, Arkansas, truly can’t be beaten: They’re crinkle-cut and covered in crispy pork belly, scallions, a fried egg, and mozzarella cheese.
CALIFORNIA: Daddy O’s Rockin Cafe in Upland is known for its “big daddy” cheeseburger combo meal, which comes with a burger and the diner’s crinkle-cut fries.
COLORADO: Santana’s Vegan Grill in Colorado Springs serves Beyond Burgers and has a drive-thru as well as inside dining options.
CONNECTICUT: At Riley’s Hot Dog & Burger Gourmet in New Britain, patrons can choose between the spot’s original lightly salted fries, Cajun fries, or get a double order covered smothered with toppings.
DELAWARE: Matt’s Fish Camp Lewes in Lewes certainly knows how to do fries the Delaware way, including the restaurant’s crab fries, which are doused in crab and Old Bay.
FLORIDA: Yelp reviewers claim Mr & Mrs. Bun in Miami has the best sweet potato fries in the state.
GEORGIA: Jackie M’s & Son, a cosy restaurant in Augusta, Georgia, is known for its cheesesteaks, fresh-cut fries, and gourmet desserts.
HAWAII: The Saddle Room in Waimea is bar food at its finest. If you stop by, make sure to order the Saddle Room burger and garlic fries.
IDAHO: In Idaho, it’s all about potatoes, especially at Scooter’s Chillin’-N-Grillin’. Visitors can choose between regular french fries, garlic parmesan fries, or sweet potato waffle fries.
ILLINOIS: Mr. D’s Shish-Kabobs in Chicago is doing fries like no one else by piling them on top of its sandwiches.
INDIANA: Livery in Indianapolis serves delicious Yuca fries covered in Spanish soubise and Chihuahua cheese.
IOWA: Nodo in Iowa City is known for its Brew City fries, house-made soups, and hand-crafted sandwiches.
KANSAS: You’ll find Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que at a gas station. Slow-smoked beef brisket, pulled pork sandwiches, and golden, seasoned fries turn this pit stop into a destination.
KENTUCKY: Taco Luchador is famous for its french fries covered in fresh mole sauce and sweet potato fries served with caramelised pineapple salsa.
LOUISIANA: Fry and Pie in New Orleans is a must-visit spot for its fresh-cut loaded fries. Plus, the restaurant also serves up individual pies ranging from pecan to peanut butter.
MAINE: Pier French Fries in Old Orchard Beach is known for its classic crinkle-cut fries — which are best eaten right by the water.
MARYLAND: Customers can’t stop raving about Pioneer Pit Beef’s delicious and crispy hand-cut french fries.
MASSACHUSETTS: Marko’s Mediterranean Grill in Lowell, Massachusetts, is most well known for its loaded “monster fries” topped with grilled meat and sauce.
MICHIGAN: Chadd’s Bistro makes all of its sauces in house, which perfectly complement the sandwich shop’s crispy fries.
MINNESOTA: Red Cow Minneapolis’ smoked beef and beer cheese fries are decadence to a whole new level, and customers can’t get enough.
MISSISSIPPI: Stamps Superburger serves up hand-cut fries doused in zesty lemon pepper.
MISSOURI: Mac’s Local Eats in St. Louis serves up top-notch burgers and seasoned fries.
MONTANA: The Parmesan garlic fries at The Burger Dive in Billings turn a run-of-the-mill work lunch into an Instagram-worthy event.
NEBRASKA: Omaha’s Block 16 is known for its ultra-creative twists on the classic french fry. The “duck duck goose” fries, topped with duck confit, gooseberry gastrique, and mozzarella are a favourite.
NEVADA: Meráki Greek Grill in Las Vegas stays true to its Mediterranean roots with these loaded fries covered in feta cheese.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: The fries at Lexie’s Joint in Portsmouth are hand-cut and fried to perfection every day. Try out the “hot fries” doused in Sriracha-infused ketchup and aioli, jalapeños, and scallions.
NEW JERSEY: Diesel and Duke in Montclair, New Jersey, isn’t your average burger joint. Splurge on the poutine or “ranger fries” covered in barbecue sauce, cheese, and bacon bits for a seriously mouthwatering meal.
NEW MEXICO: Big D’s Downtown Dive serves “monster fries” smothered in green chile sauce, cheese, bacon, and sauce.
NEW YORK: The Alcove in Sunnyside, Queens, not only serves up fries coated in herb truffle gruyere cheese and smoked chopped bacon, but they even add crunchy potato sticks to its signature Alcove burger.
NORTH CAROLINA: The barbecue “nachbros” at Bros Sandwich Shack in Avon, North Carolina, are crunchy waffle fries completely coated in slow-roasted pulled pork, barbecue sauce, and smoked gouda cheese sauce.
NORTH DAKOTA: Ebeneezer’s Eatery & Irish Pub in Minot has Irish fries that perfectly complement this traditional Irish pub’s signature burgers.
OHIO: Mediterranean food spot Brassica in Columbus douses its hand-cut french fries in seasoning and serves them with special sauce.
OKLAHOMA: Lone Wolf Banh Mi is well known for its kimchi fries that customers can customise however they like.
OREGON: Bangers & Brews in Bend, Oregon, has shareable fry platters covered in chilli cheese and garlic aioli or bacon, Gorgonzola cheese, onions, and garlic aioli.
PENNSYLVANIA: Goldie in Philadelphia specialises in 100% vegan fries, falafel, and shakes. The restaurant’s za’atar fries are served with tahini ketchup.
RHODE ISLAND: Friskie Fries in Providence specialises in interesting seasonings like mojito lime and fries topped with everything from pulled pork to poutine.
SOUTH CAROLINA: The Grilled Cheese & Crab Cake in Murrells Inlet famously douses its fries in Old Bay.
SOUTH DAKOTA: Fans of Custer burger spot Black Hills Burger and Bun Co can’t stop raving about the restaurant’s sweet potato fries and waffle fries.
TENNESSEE: Farm-to-table restaurant Stock and Barrel might be known for its gourmet burgers, but the duck confit fries steal the show, winning local awards.
TEXAS: Boteco in Austin stays true to its Brazilian roots with its crispy, crunchy Yuca fries served with chimichurri aioli.
UTAH: At Pie and Fry in Ogen, Utah patrons can choose to smother their fries in everything from gravy to alfredo sauce, bacon, veggies, and more.
VERMONT: Worthy Burger’s hand-cut fries are cooked in savoury beef tallow, making them perfectly crispy yet soft on the inside.
VIRGINIA: Teas’n You Fusion Tea House in Vienna, Virginia serves up garlic truffle fries and basil popcorn chicken, as well as creamy milk tea.
WASHINGTON: Gyro Heroes in Seattle knows how to do fries. The joint’s Greek fries come topped with mixed spices, garlic sauce, and feta cheese.
WEST VIRGINIA: Visitors to Secret Sandwich Society in Fayetteville can order the restaurant’s fries covered in homemade, melted pimento cheese, loaded bacon, and jalapeños, or topped with two different homemade dipping sauces.
WISCONSIN: Crave Cafe in Shorewood has a full lineup of fries: Customers can choose between BBQ fries, ranch fries, cheddar cheese fries, Cajun fries, or stick with the joint’s standard french fries.
WYOMING: Crowbar & Grill in Laramie totally changed the game with its delicious loaded pad thai fries covered in sweet and spicy pad thai sauce, chopped peanuts, green onion, and lime.
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