Rest of the Best 2013: Top Ten French Fries

Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg
Keep reading to find out where our number ten pick comes from!
Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners have been announced, but in many cases, picking the best item in any category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we'll be rounding up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories during the next several months. Bon appétit!

Recently, a friend of mine uttered something so shocking, something so unbelievable, something so incomprehensible, I was shaken to my very core.

"I don't like french fries."

"What, now!? I'm sorry, It sounded like you said you don't like french fries, but I know that can't be true, because everyone likes french fries, even Michelle Obama, a self-proclaimed health food fanatic. So, come again?"

It was true, he said. He doesn't like french fries. But because every other sane person in the world does, we've rounded up a list of the best french fries in all of Houston -- from the thin, crispy frites, to the truffle-laced, to the bowls of potatoes topped with everything under the sun. Houston has some amazing fries. Here are some of our favorites.

10. Lowbrow
Brand-spanking new bar Lowbrow has a menu that's still evolving, but one thing the spot need not meddle with is the thick, hand-cut fries. Former Liberty Kitchen sous chef Rachel Merk recently stepped in as head chef at Lowbrow, but much of the menu was designed by Matt Marcus of Eatsie Boys, which accounts for things like a jalapeño- and fontina-stuffed burger and those awesome fries. Marcus says the only way to do fries is to cut the potatoes by hand -- no frozen fries or fancy equipment allowed. They're thicker than any of the other fries on the list, but they manage to stay firm and crispy in spite of their heft. Marcus uses Kennebec potatoes, which he swears are the best for fries, and pairs them with a spicy mixture of sambal (chile paste) and mayo, which gives them a slight Indonesian flair. Just try to resist eating the mayo with a spoon, or you'll get some weird looks.

Location Info

Lowbrow Bar

1601 W. Main St, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Hubcap Grill

1111 Prairie St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar

307 Fairview, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Burger Guys - CLOSED

12225 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Cafe Rabelais

2442 Times Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Fat Bao

3419 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


1001 Austin St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Bernie's Burger Bus

, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Brasserie 19

1962 W. Gray St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Koagie Hots

, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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If you like these fries you should try the Dumpster fries or Buffalo Fries at Fat Boy's Bar & Grill

Stetson Scott Arriola
Stetson Scott Arriola

Bismillah Cafe Spicy Garlic fries and Ten Spice fries are hands down the best!!


If you are a Sunday brunch kinda person, check out Harry's feta fries. Highly addictive!

texmex01 topcommenter

Mayo on fries, holy jeebus, just move to Canada already.......


Kaitlin is 100% spot on for Fat Bao. The fries are excellent. I recommend the $7 special of fries with a side order of the beef curry. Currently my favorite lunch. The beef curry is the classic Sino-Japanese style and very tasty.

(Caveat Emptor: The Fat Bao fries have to be eaten hot and right out of the fryer to enjoy their deliciousness. When they start cooling down, they pick up this fish oil taste. I don't know if it is the rosemary, or if they are frying other things in the same oil, or they are using canola oil.)


What is Fat Bao....never heard of it, but the fries sound good...

Vy Dong
Vy Dong

Lynn George absolutely agree! esp since we can't stop talking about it. I think I have to go get some this weekend. Lol

Bruce_Are topcommenter


If I'm on death row I'd want mussels, Belgian fries with homemade mayo, and a good Belgian beer like Duvel.

Kylejack topcommenter

@texmex01 I think you mean Belgium. And it's an awesome pairing.

KaitlinS topcommenter

@glenda34 It's a bao restaurant in the shopping center next to Pappasito's on the corner of Richmond and Kirby. Not only are the fries amazing--everything else there is pretty great too!


@KaitlinS @glenda34 

Thanks, I wish some of these new restaurants would say hello and invite us in with an ad or some such, announcing their existence

johnnybench topcommenter

@texmex01  I think you're confusing mayo for cheese curds and brown gravy.  

Though I'm happy with either one.  

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