The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 French Fries

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Guys. Hey, listen. We need to talk.

It's about the annual Best of Houston® issue.

I think you know what you did. But the problem, you see, is that you keep doing the same thing almost every single year. Something has to change.

Y'all keep voting for McDonald's as "Best French Fries." Every. Single. Year.

It's honestly baffling. You have really good taste otherwise. And although I'll be the first to admit that I'm a sucker for McDonald's iced coffee (it's cheap and tasty!), the fries are simply nothing to write home about and haven't been great in a very, very, very long time.

So take a little while and think about it. You've got a whole year or so until the next Best of Houston® issue comes out. Sample some of the terrific selection of french fries we've rounded up for you below. Hey, I hear that even the sweet potato fries at Burger King are pretty damn good.

Just please stop with the freaking McDonald's fries.

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Photo by Katharine Shilcutt
Amazon Grill's fries come with its burger as well as its empanadas and tacos.
10. Amazon Grill

I hadn't been to Amazon Grill in years until it was suggested to me by former EOW contributor John Kiely as his favorite place for fries. Lo and behold, the old restaurant on Kirby -- which I hadn't visited since its remodel, which has bolder and more elegant colors along with some quirky decor touches reminiscent of big sister Americas -- does indeed turn out a fine fry. The twiggy shoestring fries are even better when dipped into one of the three sauces found in abundance on Amazon Grill's plantain bar: creamy cilantro, garlicky chimichurri or a hopped up ketchup.

9. Barnaby's

When it comes to waffle fries, Barnaby's can't be beat. Although the Waffle Fries with Blue Cheese Fondue normally comes assembled in a massive pile like a plate of nachos, I always order it "deconstructed." It's not that I'm fussy; it's that I like to make sure that every waffle fry has the perfect amount of blue cheese dipping sauce, blue cheese crumbles, crispy bacon bites and green onions. (Okay, maybe I'm a little fussy.)

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Photo by Katharine Shilcutt
Yep, that's a kangaroo burger.
8. Sammy's Wild Game Grill

Although the wild game burgers and hot dogs are often the star of the show here (along with the elk tacos -- my God, the elk tacos), don't discount the fries. They come in two iterations here: One topped with python chili -- yes, as in the snake -- and one called simply "Wild Fries" (shown above). Those are tossed with a fried egg, the yolk coating the fries, before being topped with cheese, bacon and chives. If you're like me, you'll make them extra wild with a healthy portion of Sammy's house-made ghost pepper sauce -- and maybe even pick up a few bottles to take home.

Location Info

Amazon Grill

5114 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Barnaby's Cafe

604 Fairview St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sammy's Wild Game Grill

3715 Washington Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

MKT BAR

1001 Austin St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Harry's Restaurant & Cafe

318 Tuam, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Ibiza

2450 Louisiana, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tasting Room -- Uptown

1101 Uptown Park Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bernie's Burger Bus

, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Flip 'n Patties

, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Jeannine's Bistro - CLOSED

106 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Cafe Brussels

1718 Houston Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Burger Guys - CLOSED

12225 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hubcap Grill

1111 Prairie St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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23 comments
joke
joke

I love truffles. I love fries. But the truffle fries at Ibiza (nor at the other place I've had them -- Philippe maybe?) have never done it for me. I've tried them a number of times (have friends who like them). The whole is less than the sum of the parts.

Given the variety of fries on this list, allow me to submit some breakfast fries for consideration: The cottage fries at House of Pies on Kirby, and the cube potatoes at Baby Barnaby's on Fairview.

katha.williams
katha.williams

Many of these restaurants are included for their delicious french fry toppings. Flair and condiments aside, Demeris Barbeque has the best fresh-cut fries in Houston. A huge basket of perfectly seasoned, crispy, fresh-cut fries is only $2.95 at this Shepherd BBQ spot.

tinyhands
tinyhands

It's fun to get all excited about BG's duck fat fries, but they'd be better if one could actually taste a difference/improvement over "regular" oil-fried fries. A fine fry, no doubt, just not worth the LAVISH praise (i.e. #2 in this roundup) heaped upon them. Fact is, SmashBurger or Burger Palace does just as good, if not better. And I had some very nice fries at Papa Geno's recently.

HTownChowDown
HTownChowDown

Hubbell & Hudson has some very interesting fries on their new menu - lemon rosemary pomme frites.  My current favorite.

brookeviggiano
brookeviggiano

great list...i'd add the infamous tex-cajun-virgin from bb's bc they are freaking insane, prob not bc of the actual fries but bc of the toppings -- roast beef, gravy, queso. try stopping me from ordering those at 2am, i dare you

Houstess
Houstess

My choice for number 1 would be Niko Niko's and it's not even on the list!  :(

tveres_79
tveres_79

I would have thrown BRC in there somewhere. All good choices, though!

Houston Press
Houston Press

Jamie Heller yep. McD's wins "people's choice" almost every year.

Jacob Bocanegra
Jacob Bocanegra

If they ain't got chili and cheese on them they ain't the best

Martin Wilgers
Martin Wilgers

Hubcab Grill makes a great burger, no doubt. But, they ruin the experience with the canned chili on their "signature" fries. Speaking of "lazy"...great spot, but how about making some homemade chili???

thatguykyle
thatguykyle

Maybe it's the inside-the-loop-is-all-there-is mentality that is causing your readers to rebel and vote for the most obnoxious fries on the planet.  That, or it's time for you to realize you live in fucking Houston and while there is enough of a percentage of us who are cultured and erudite enough to have some taste, it's not even close to the majority.  In fact, we're enough of a minority to be the Gay Jewish Sports Hero section of the NFL Hall of Fame segment of the pie chart. 

Barbara Madera
Barbara Madera

Thanks for posting this. Now I'm hungry for fries for breakfast! :-)

Jamie Heller
Jamie Heller

People really vote for McD's? That's just plain lazy.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

@brookeviggiano Any fry list without the Tex Cajun virgin is a sham.  Fries with mayonnaise over these?  Not a chance.

jimbo1126
jimbo1126

@Houstess And deservedly excluded IMO. The last couple of times I've had them, the fries at Niko Niko's have been limp and greasy.

I do love Barnaby's regular fries as well as their waffle fries, but they're very similar to the excellent Amazon Grill fries.

Kelli
Kelli

BTW Kyle, the #2 on this list is located at Westeimer and Kirkwood well outside the loop.  And are they damn good, you bet your ass they are.  I'd make that drive any day and that's a 30 minute quest.  I would have had it at the top but I didn't make the list.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

@thatguykyle Is it time for my semi-annual reminder that we cover stuff outside the Loop all the time? Shoot, I reviewed three restaurants in a row outside the *Beltway* in October. Molly Dunn just wrote up our top 10 restaurants in The Woodlands yesterday. Et cetera. The truth is that a *lot* of the really interesting restaurants that have been opening in the last year have been very much inside the Loop. We report on trends; we don't create them.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

@Kelli The Tasting Room is outside the Loop too -- all three of its locations are, for that matter.  :)

jonhorowitz
jonhorowitz

@kshilcutt @Kelli  Thanks for including TTR's fries on the list - we love them too!  Just a quick point of clarification... three of the TTR locations are outside the Loop (Uptown Park, CITYCENTRE and Kingwood), but we also have the River Oaks location on West Alabama (decidedly inside the Loop).  It' just over 6 years old now... how time flies!  (And today is the 6-year anniversary of MAX's Wine Dive! - crazy!)  Thanks again.

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