Best Thing I Ever Ate: French Fries

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What time is it? 10 am? Great, I'll have five more orders of these, please.
I've been exploring The Best Things I Ever Ate around town. Because they are practically a staple at any and every restaurant, this time I searched Houston's food scene for something we all know and love: Good 'ole American French Fries.

Friends, I bring you: The Best French Fries I Ever Ate.

While French fries are fantastic on their own, we're in America, so deep-frying our starch is clearly not enough. We like to serve our fat-soaked taters smothered in anything from ranch and bacon to roast beef and gravy. And since we're in Houston, double that. There are almost too many options for the best fries I ever ate around town. If I had no regard for my health, I'd want to try them all...oh, who am I kidding -- I still want to.

A lot of Houston's top contenders almost made the cut. BB's Cafe's Tex-Cajun Poutine, topped with thinly sliced roast beef, spicy queso and a creamy, brown gravy are insanely good and something everyone should try once. BRC Gastropub serves up a piping-hot plate of Poutine Confit, thin-cut fries covered in gravy and topped with nutty gruyere and rich, shredded duck leg. At Pub Fiction you can get a Plate of Tater Tots (and who doesn't love tots!) smothered in chunky chili and a gooey cheese sauce. But somehow, it's a much simpler dish that gets me: The Feta Fries at Harry's Restaurant & Cafe.

The best part about these fries, besides everything, is that you can order them at breakfast and not feel like a total d-bag. Considering the fact that I'm also going to be devouring some eggs and toast, maybe I should feel like a d-bag - but I don't. A basket or two as a starter for the table seems to be acceptable, if not expected, at the family-owned restaurant, no matter the hour. In my book, that's a damn good fry.

The salt-studded fries are cut boardwalk-style, giving each frite a crisp, golden-brown crust and soft, mushy innards. They'd be players on their own, but "Harry" doesn't stop there. This Greek god sprinkles his taters with a mix of chopped fresh herbs and then throws in chunks of salty, moist feta for good measure. The crumbly cheese just barely begins to melt on the basket of fries, adding a cool, sharp richness to each bite.

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Here's where you play defense. Pour a little honey mustard on your plate in case the table's stock of dressing gets low.

But it's this next part that kills me. It's Harry's ultra-creamy, ultra-smooth honey mustard that puts the fries over the edge. Honey mustard and feta - WTF? How? Why? I don't know, and I perhaps never will -- but I'm so glad someone out there was cracked out enough to think of the combo. The rich, smooth dressing is sweet and tangy and creamy and fantastic, complementing the hot, salty fries and feta. I would pour this honey mustard in my coffee if I weren't hoarding spoonfuls of it to smother all over my share of fries. It's that good.

Together, the unlikely flavors from fresh herbs, salty feta, and the sweet, creamy dressing make Harry's fries a must have, even for breakfast (hangover cure, anyone?).

Where are your favorite French fries in Houston? Do you prefer them au naturel or covered in rich sauces and cheese?



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Harry's Restaurant & Cafe

318 Tuam, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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33 comments
Carlos Closinhtown
Carlos Closinhtown

Curly fries at Wing n Things 290, cajun fries at Five Guys is all that comes to mind right now.

Mama Juice
Mama Juice

Cafe Rabelais makes some of the most delicious and perfect fries. Crisp, not too thin, perfect in saltiness.  What would make them divine.....Whataburger ketchup.

Stusnow1
Stusnow1

Who do you have to know to get hot fries at Niko's? With a line like that, how do you put up a hot gyro but with cold fries?

metaeuphoric
metaeuphoric

For me, its the duck fat fries at The Burger Guys.

Davey576
Davey576

KIMCHI CHEESE SPICY PORK FRIES AT Kobecue. 'Nuff said

Thompson
Thompson

Not a Houston chain but the blue cheese Fries at Morton's are awesome. My mouth is watering just thinking about it...

Terry Alexander
Terry Alexander

Malt vinegar can make anybody's fries into 4 star goodness. That and sometimes a side of mayonnaise.TA

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

Interesting to see so many Niko Nikos fry fans. I can't bring myself to order anything but their potatoes, which are addictive.

AuntiMatter
AuntiMatter

Poutine, in and of itself, should not be considered "French fries." Poutine is a dish that includes French fries. Referring to poutine as French fries is like referring to a pot pie as chicken or a Frito pie as a bag of Fritos. That said, and considering the remaining entries on the list, my nomination for best fries in town goes to Barnaby's. They're well cooked, well seasoned, and not greasy. If you must dip your fries, fore go the usual ketchup and opt for a side of brown mustard.

Val
Val

The truffle fries at The Oceannaire are delicious. Shoestring sprinkled with parmesan & herbs. I love Niko Niko's fries as well. Hubcap Grill makes the best sweet potato fries; crispy yet chewy on the inside.

CMN
CMN

the only complaint i have about these fries is the tall container they come in.  one time, upon realizing that my friends had stopped eating to stare at me, i found myself holding the container to the side of the table so i could get my hand all the way to the bottom of it and scrape out the last few bites. i'll probably do it again.

Serena
Serena

I know that they're a chain, but Wingstop has some great fries. There's a great mix of sweet and savory added to them. 

Jalapeno
Jalapeno

The best fries I've had in Houston are at Niko Niko's.  But I haven't been to Harry's.

Matthew
Matthew

my favorite fries are currently at bernie's. with their homemade ketchup? bi-winning!

Diane
Diane

Oh hellz yeah!!! This taste sensation started for me many many ummm many years ago at Fuddruckers.

Sarah
Sarah

I'm quite partial to the fries at Little Big's. You get a lot for your money and they're just perfect dipped in Sriracha mayo. Yum!

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

I am so glad to know that I'm not the only one who orders Harry's feta fries for breakfast. That place is a godsend on Sunday mornings.

FileneBment
FileneBment

Want great fries? Go around the corner from Harry's to Jeannine's Bistro. Eat with homemade mayo or ketchup. And order some mussels while your at it.

rfrederichs
rfrederichs

The last thing I remember saying at Niko Niko's was: "There's no way I can eat all those fries."

Donald
Donald

I love to laugh at all the people who are waiting in line at Baby Barnaby's as I drive past them to get to Harry's. I just think of all the good food those poor saps are missing at Harry's while they breathe in exhaust fumes from passing cars. Get a hint, people, Harry's is up the road and it's much better with less of a wait.

Johnam21
Johnam21

you are just around the corner from the best fries in houston. try house of fries, they have the best fries and greatest of things to go on it! you will absolutely love it!!!

Jalapeno
Jalapeno

I have always been served "burn your fingers" hot fries at Niko.  Take your beeper and the gyro and fries are cooked to order and both served hot.  To the extent they make small batches, the line of constant orders insures your fries will be hot and crispy.

Brooke Viggiano
Brooke Viggiano

Niko's fries are great too, only problem is the sogginess, if I get them to go I end up reheating them in the oven to crisp. But really anything dipped in their tzatziki is good.

Eric S
Eric S

No way, dude. The fresh peeled, twice fried fries at Hubcap, Bernie's and Little Big's all put McDonald's to shame. McDonald's might have the best fries you can get from a drive-thru, at least until In-N-Out comes to town (has to happen someday, right?)

Smart Guy
Smart Guy

Uh... yeah, just remove the paper with the fries from the container. No need to dig.

Txjboy
Txjboy

I've had Little Big's fries only once but they are memorable.  Better than the sliders, in my opinion.

Kelli
Kelli

You've got to try the lamb and potatoes available only on Sundays, that and the fries together put me on the edge of ecstasy every time.  Damn I wish it was Sunday.

Brooke Viggiano
Brooke Viggiano

I may or may not have been there ordering the feta fries for breakfast on consecutive days last weekend

CameronByars
CameronByars

 I love Baby Barnaby's AND Harry's - depends on the craving aka level of hangover.

bibulb
bibulb

Agreed - I enjoy about one and a half sliders there, but the fries are pretty damn impressive.

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